Misspelled

Misspelled

by Julie E. Czerneda

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Overview

strange magic...in 17 Fascinating tales of spells gone awry

When it comes to magic, skipping the directions, changing the ingredients, or garbling the words of a spell can lead to unusual consequences-sometimes dire, sometimes comical. Included in these stories are just a few of the possible results: a cybermancer has her spell disk corrupted by some unexpected input; two students brewing up spells outside the curriculum forgo a critical ingredient; a young woman orders a fairy-tale life, but forgets to read the fine print. Now they're really spellbound...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756404758
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Series: DAW Book Collectors Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Biologist Julie E. Czerneda's science fiction has received international acclaim, awards, and best-selling status. She is the author of the popular "Species Imperative" trilogy, the "Web Shifters" series, the "Trade Pact Universe" trilogy and her new "Stratification" novels. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stand-alone novel, In the Company of Others, won Canada's Prix Aurora Award and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished SF. Julie lives with her husband and two children in the lake country of central Ontario, under skies so clear they could take seeing the Milky Way for granted, but never do.

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Misspelled 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mostly forgettable anthology of seventeen VERY short, mostly amusing stories about spells that go awry. Contributors include: Lesley D Livingston, Kristine Smith, Kevin G. Maclean, Janet Elizabeth Chase, Marc Mackay, Kristen Britain, Kent Pollard, Kell Brown, John Zakour, Rob St. Martin, S.W. Mayse, Doranna Durgin, Morgan S. Brilliant, Kate Paulk, Nathan Azinger, Jim C. Hines, & Shannan Palma. Foreward by Julie E. Czerneda.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Few of the stories were bad - well, none, really - a few were dull. None were spectacularly good, either, though several made me want to read more in that universe - unfortunately, as far as I could tell all of those were standalones (though several were by people who haven't written much yet, so I can hope). However, too many of the stories - individually good - had basically the same tone of slightly forced humor, and reading them one after another got very boring. Given the theme, I suppose a certain number of bumbling-apprentice and magic-by-accident (''I don't believe in magic, but what could it hurt to try this?'') stories were inevitable, but not fun to read all at once (part of why it took me so long to read it). I liked the accordian bard, the investigators in magical London (though it wasn't called that), the demon cleaners (both stories, though the first one needed either more or less, it sort of stopped in the middle). The QA mage was good, and one I wanted to read more about (along with the London one). I'd read the Durgin before - good, and a change of pace in the anthology. And the first story had a really good premise, though I didn't like any of the characters in it very much - the student was too bugged by circumstances to show herself well, the demon would have been more interesting if less conventionally nasty, and the teachers are - unacceptable. It's customary for them to set up a deathmatch without telling those involved? And who did they kill to become teachers? Too nasty a setting for me. Many interesting bits in this anthology, but only moderately interesting overall.
Lethe20 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unlike most anthologies, these are all lesser-known or previously unpublished writers. Some of the stories show a high level of talent. An enjoyable change from most rehashed best-selling author anthologies.
Meijhen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rather meh. Several of the stories were written solely for the "twist" at the end. Most were funny, and some were quite good. Many of them are set in the "modern" world, which was somewhat refreshing, seems that usually books of this nature are set in a purely fantasy world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really fun read overall. Although, a couple of the stories were not so great. The overall collection was good for a laugh.
jjmachshev More than 1 year ago
Mostly forgettable anthology of seventeen VERY short, mostly amusing stories about spells that go awry. Contributors include: Lesley D Livingston, Kristine Smith, Kevin G. Maclean, Janet Elizabeth Chase, Marc Mackay, Kristen Britain, Kent Pollard, Kell Brown, John Zakour, Rob St. Martin, S.W. Mayse, Doranna Durgin, Morgan S. Brilliant, Kate Paulk, Nathan Azinger, Jim C. Hines, & Shannan Palma. Foreward by Julie E. Czerneda.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book to remember! each of the stories is a stand alone story, but they were all Great! there were a few of them that got me a couple of funny looks because I was laughing at them hard enough I was crying... It is WELL worth the money to get one and read it.