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Jean Rabe

Author of The Dawning of a New Age

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Works by Jean Rabe

The Dawning of a New Age (1996) 546 copies
The Day of the Tempest (1997) 469 copies
Red Magic (1991) 424 copies
The Eve of the Maelstrom (1998) 417 copies
Downfall (2000) 272 copies
Betrayal (2001) 203 copies
Redemption (2002) 178 copies
A Taste of Magic (2006) 167 copies
The Silver Stair (1999) 152 copies
Renaissance Faire (2005) — Editor — 139 copies
Steampunk'd (2010) — Editor — 127 copies
Dragon Mage (2008) — Author — 110 copies
The Lake of Death (2004) 105 copies
Return to Quag Keep (2006) — Author — 98 copies
Timeshares (2010) — Editor — 82 copies
The Rebellion (2007) 76 copies
Aftershock (2006) 74 copies
Hot and Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance (2011) — Editor — 73 copies
Terribly Twisted Tales (2009) — Editor — 69 copies
Furry Fantastic (2006) — Editor — 67 copies
The Finest Creation (2004) 65 copies
Pandora's Closet (2007) — Editor — 62 copies
Death March (2008) 57 copies
Goblin Nation (2009) 52 copies
Time Twisters (2007) — Editor — 47 copies
The Finest Choice (2005) 46 copies
Vale of the Mage (1989) 40 copies
The Jungles of Chult (1993) 40 copies
Spells of the City (2009) — Editor — 35 copies
Sol's Children (2002) — Editor — 31 copies
Cities of Mystery (1989) 27 copies
Athena's Daughters (2014) — Editor — 26 copies
Boondocks Fantasy (2011) — Editor — 23 copies
Time Traveled Tales: Volume 1 (2014) — Editor — 23 copies
The Finest Challenge (2006) 23 copies
Historical Hauntings (2001) — Editor — 19 copies
Secret of the Djinn (1994) 18 copies
Sovereign Stone: The Taan (2000) — Author — 15 copies
Night of the Tiger (1995) 12 copies
The Bone Shroud (2018) 9 copies
Fenzig's Fortune (2007) 8 copies
The Cauldron (2014) 8 copies
Dragons! (2017) — Editor and Introduction; Contributor — 7 copies
Tribulations (2016) 6 copies
La escalera de plata (2003) 3 copies
Polyhedron Newszine #59 (1991) 3 copies
Dance Like a Monkey (2014) 2 copies
Shadowrun: Down Under (2018) 2 copies
Field to Field (2003) 2 copies
Basic Magic 1 copy
Polyhedron Newszine 79 (1993) 1 copy
¿wit Nowej Ery (2005) 1 copy
Hang Ten 1 copy
Focke-drache 1 copy
Stardust 1 copy
WURMS 1 copy
Few of Us 1 copy
In The Fold 1 copy
Black Annie 1 copy

Associated Works

Tales from the New Republic (1999) — Contributor — 720 copies
Realms of Valor (1993) — Contributor — 474 copies
Realms of Magic (1995) — Contributor — 335 copies
The Dragons of Chaos (1997) — Contributor — 302 copies
Relics and Omens (1998) — Contributor — 194 copies
Heroes and Fools (1999) — Contributor — 194 copies
The Search for Magic: Tales from the War of Souls (2001) — Contributor — 183 copies
Rebels and Tyrants (2000) — Contributor — 148 copies
The Search for Power: Dragons from the War of Souls (2004) — Contributor — 124 copies
Hags, Sirens, and Other Bad Girls of Fantasy (2006) — Contributor — 117 copies
Merlin (1999) — Contributor — 103 copies
Creature Fantastic (2001) — Contributor — 101 copies
Farscape Forever! Sex, Drugs, and Killer Muppets (2005) — Contributor — 97 copies
The Players of Gilean (2003) — Contributor — 97 copies
Maiden, Matron, Crone (2005) — Contributor — 94 copies
Dragons of Time (2007) — Contributor — 91 copies
Knight Fantastic (2002) — Contributor — 89 copies
Magic Tails (2005) — Contributor — 87 copies
More Leaves from the Inn of the Last Home (2000) — Contributor — 86 copies
Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues (2015) — Contributor — 79 copies
Little Red Riding Hood in the Big Bad City (2004) — Contributor — 77 copies
Familiars (2002) — Contributor — 75 copies
Chicks and Balances (2015) — Contributor — 73 copies
Places to Be, People to Kill (2007) — Contributor — 72 copies
Catopolis (2008) — Contributor — 71 copies
Warrior Fantastic (2000) — Contributor — 64 copies
Children of Magic (2006) — Contributor — 59 copies
Imaginary Friends (2008) — Contributor — 54 copies
Guardsmen of Tomorrow (2000) — Contributor — 53 copies
Zombiesque (2011) — Contributor — 51 copies
Man vs Machine (2007) — Contributor — 49 copies
Space Stations (2004) — Contributor — 48 copies
In the Shadow of Evil (2005) — Contributor — 47 copies
The Trouble With Heroes (2009) — Contributor — 47 copies
The Repentant (2003) — Contributor — 47 copies
More Stories from the Twilight Zone (2010) — Contributor — 45 copies
Intelligent Design (2009) — Contributor — 42 copies
Legends (1999) — Contributor — 42 copies
Gamer Fantastic (2009) — Contributor — 40 copies
Slipstreams (2006) — Contributor — 37 copies
Human for a Day (2011) — Contributor — 36 copies
Mystery Date (2008) — Contributor — 36 copies
Oceans of Space (2002) — Contributor — 35 copies
Army of the Fantastic (2007) — Contributor — 35 copies
Bless Your Mechanical Heart (2014) — Contributor — 33 copies
Future Americas (2008) — Contributor — 31 copies
Quag Keep & Return to Quag Keep Omnibus (1978) — Author, some editions — 30 copies
The Big Book of Cyberpunk (2023) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Magic Toy Box (2006) — Contributor — 28 copies
Funny Fantasy (2016) — Contributor — 25 copies
Front Lines (2008) — Contributor — 23 copies
Crash Dive (Anthology 9-in-1) (2003) — Contributor — 21 copies
Swordplay (2009) — Contributor — 21 copies
Transformers: Legends (2004) — Contributor — 20 copies
The New Hero: New Heroes for a New Age (2013) — Contributor — 13 copies
Shadowrun: World of Shadows (2015) — Contributor — 12 copies
The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson (2015) — Contributor — 8 copies
Brigands: A Blackguards Anthology (2019) — Contributor — 4 copies
Women of the Crystal Coast (3) (Dragonband: Tales) (2019) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge



In Tennessee William’s play A Streetcar Named Desire, the character of Blanche Dubois says, “I don’t want realism. I want magic!”–a quote that aptly describes this collection of tales related by their relationship to their cities. Many of the exploits and adventures within the stories could have mundane explanations. Maybe the mother really did kill her daughter in Michael A Stackpole’s “The Devil Within,” or maybe the character was imagining the sounds coming from beneath her bed in Judi Rohrig’s ”Falls the Shadow.” But who wants to read about that when there could be something truly extraordinary about the circumstances?

Admittedly, not all the stories were to my liking, but on the other hand I found several new authors I wanted to try out. There were also returning favorites from whom I was delighted to read more. As seems usual for anthologies, there were so-so stories and then there were more intriguing stories. Of the thirteen stories contained, eight of them were interesting, but not attention-grabbing, while the five I enjoyed the most held a little something extra.

“The Devil Within” by Michael A. Stackpole: This is a story set within the universe he created for his character Trick Molloy, who’s pulling time as a private investigator for this story. Stackpole gives new meaning to the phrase “religious fervor.” I was pleasantly surprised by Trick’s cynicism; there’s nothing I like more than a character who’s an unrepentant cynic. Stackpole does a good job of laying the foundation for the world without bogging the story down with too much exposition. I found it intriguing that for a person to tap into their magical ability, they had to have a “trip”–a catalyst, really.

“Falls the Shadow” by Judi Rohrig: This is my first experience with this writer, though she appears to have several stories in anthologies waiting on my TBR pile, so I’ll have to read those, as well. This is the classic case of things that go bump in the night but with a twist on what those critters are. I freely admit I don’t understand this story completely; parts of the action jumbled themselves together, and the explanations were confusing, but the idea of it intrigued me and kept me reading. I would definitely love to see the idea expanded into a novel, or given a few more stories to flesh it out a bit.

“We Burgled It, We Sure Did” by Mickey Zucker Reichart: Leprechauns! This is a story about what happens when people believe a little too much in some of the old tales. Following the Leprechauns’ speech pattern is a little mind-bending, but the resolution to their problem makes a whole lot more sense than you’d believe from the premise alone.

“Disarmed and Dangerous” by Tim Waggoner: This is a short story featuring Waggoner’s zombie PI, Matthew Richter. I love the Matthew Richter books (Nekropolis and Dead Streets, both from Angry Robot Books), but even for someone without prior knowledge, Waggoner sets forth the background details well. Humor, a little bit of horror, and action abound, and it was also nice to see Matthew’s friendship with Papa Chatha deepen.

“‘Twas the Happy Hour After Christmas” by Robert Wenzlaff: Santa walks into Thor’s bar, and the two of them share stories about what it’s like having mythologies that keep changing on a mortal’s whim. Poor Santa is sick of the commercialism of the holiday ruining his life and just wants a vacation. Meanwhile Thor, who’s had his own share of publicity problems, comes up with a solution. This was a short, amusing, and intriguing piece full of incidents such as what happened to Odin and how he got his eye back.

In the end, the anthology stood out for one reason to me–each story captured some of the magic and uniqueness that can only be found if you live in a city. Amid the constant lights, streams of traffic, and seeming sleeplessness, a city holds a powerful magnetism for ordinary and paranormal folks alike. This collection spotlighted the best of those feelings.
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lexilewords | 3 other reviews | Dec 28, 2023 |
Anthologies are always hit or miss for me. Usually if I like the premise then I'm likely to find it harder to enjoy the individual stories. If I am only mildly interested in the premise and picking the book up more for the authors included, I fare far better. Such is the case with Timeshares. Six of the authors listed are of interest to me for various reasons and the premise was interesting enough to garner my attention.

Who hasn't wanted to travel back in time? I know I used to dream about traveling back and meeting Cleopatra or taking some leadership lessons from Queen Victoria. Here in the present we can look at the past and see exactly where we can get our answers instead of working them out for ourselves. I was shocked at how few were about going back and learning wisdom from famous people.

My favorites by far were "The Shaman" by Annie Jones, "A Portrait of Time" by Kelly Swails and "But I'm Not the Only One" by Chris Pierson. All three were surprisingly touching and well written. "The Shaman", about a woman who accidentally finds herself thrown back in time to Ancient Arizona, was simple and inspiring. "A Portrait of Time", about a woman who travels back to save her twin sister, was heartbreaking because of the depth of feeling both the women felt. And lastly "But I'm Not the Only One", about a famous musician's trip to the future, was both surrealistic and touching (especially in the end).

Surprisingly I enjoyed the anthology as a whole, finding each different writer's take on what could happen unique and interesting. Some of them ended well ("Limited Time Offer" by Dean Allen Leggett and "Unsolved Histories" by Greg Cox) and some ended quite badly for the character at least ("Timeless Lisa" by Robert E. Vardeman), but no two ideas were similar. No two writers wrote their character's motivations and reasoning to be the same as another's.

There is some great little known talent in this volume, as well as great introductions to some well known talent, but I think in the end there will be a story, or setting, for everyone to enjoy.
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lexilewords | Dec 28, 2023 |
Decent story, I liked that the young warrior character is female, but the ending was unsatisfying.
JBarringer | 2 other reviews | Dec 15, 2023 |
Overall, this was a solid collection of stories based (sometimes very loosely) on fairy tales and folktales. There were of course some that I did not enjoy as much as the rest, but there were no clear misses for me. I think my favorite stories were "Once They Were Seven" by Chris Pierson, "Three Wishes" by Kelly Swails, and "Capricious Animistic Tempter" by Mickey Zucker Reichert.
wisemetis | 1 other review | Jan 14, 2023 |


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Associated Authors

James Lowder Contributor, Author
Chris Pierson Contributor, Editor
Marc Tassin Contributor, Editor
Brian M. Thomsen Contributor, Editor
Janet Pack Contributor, Author
Donald J. Bingle Contributor
Peter Schweighofer Contributor
Robert E. Vardeman Contributor
Jody Lynn Nye Contributor
Matt Stawicki Cover artist
John Helfers Contributor
Kevin J. Anderson Contributor
Kelly Swails Contributor
Dean Leggett Contributor
Linda P. Baker Contributor
C.A. Verstraete Contributor
Mary Louise Eklund Contributor
C. J. Henderson Contributor
Timothy Zahn Contributor
Penny Williams Contributor
Skip Williams Contributor
James M. Ward Contributor
Brian A. Hopkins Contributor
Judi Rohrig Contributor
Gene DeWeese Contributor
Matthew P. Mayo Contributor
Rebecca Moesta Contributor
Andre Norton Contributor
Annie Jones Contributor
Paul Genesse Contributor
Janet Pack Contributor
Belle Holder Contributor
Nancy Holder Contributor
Vicki Steger Contributor
Romas Kukalis Cover artist
Joe Masdon Contributor
Patrick McGilligan Contributor
Steven Saus Contributor
Jennifer Brozek Contributor
Jackie Cassada Contributor
Dylan Birtolo Contributor
Stephen Gabriel Contributor
Esther M. Friesner Contributor
Joe Haldeman Contributor
Jayge Carr Contributor
Rose: Wolf Contributor
Roberta Gellis Contributor
Pierce Askegren Contributor
Paul Genesee Contributor
William C. Dietz Contributor
Steven Savile Contributor
Anton Strout Contributor
Janine K Spendlove Contributor
Maggie Allen Contributor
Greg Cox Contributor
Allister Timms Contributor
Matt Forbeck Contributor
Maurice Broaddus Contributor
Tobias S. Buckell Contributor
Steven D. Sullivan Contributor
Kathleen Watness Contributor
Ramsey Lundock Contributor
Brendan DuBois Contributor
Jim C. Hines Contributor
Kerrie Hughes Contributor
David Bischoff Contributor
Loren L. Coleman Contributor
Diana Francis Contributor
Jeff Grubb Contributor
Spencer Luster Contributor
A. M. Strout Contributor
Louise Marley Contributor
Yvonne Coats Contributor
Sarah Zettel Contributor
Jane Lindskold Contributor
Tracy Chowdhury Contributor
Bryan Young Contributor
Aaron Rosenberg Contributor
Gregory A. Wilson Contributor
Daniel Myers Contributor
Wes Nicholson Contributor
Jon L. Breen Contributor
Harry Turtledove Contributor
Stephen Leigh Contributor
Valerie Valusek Illustrator
Robert Wenzlaff Contributor
Tim Waggoner Contributor
Mike Resnick Contributor
Doris Stever Contributor
Aaron Allston Contributor
Sherwood Smith Contributor
Bryan E. Shaw Contributor
Sarah Hans Contributor
Cleolinda Jones Contributor
Matt Slay Illustrator
Cynthia Ward Contributor
Jean Marie Ward Contributor
C. S. Marks Contributor
Gail Z. Martin Contributor
Conley Lyons Contributor
Pam Melroy Introduction
R. T. Kaelin Contributor
D. L. Stever Contributor
Anita Ensal Contributor
John Lambshead Contributor
Jay Lake Contributor
Gene Wolfe Contributor
Raymond Benson Contributor
Stephen W. Gabriel Contributor
Leslie What Contributor
Roland Green Contributor
Tom Dupree Contributor
Lisanne Norman Contributor
R. L. King Contributor
James Daniel Ross Contributor
Jaym Gates Contributor
Addie J. King Contributor
Thomas Gondolfi Contributor
Josh Vogt Contributor
Lucy A. Snyder Contributor
Ed Beard Jr. Cover artist
Sheryl Nantus Contributor
Jeff Easley Cover artist
Jerry VanderStelt Cover artist
Dennis Kauth Cartography
Karolyn Guldan Interior art
Tristan Elwell Cover artist
Jacen Burrows Interior art


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