Of all people, Carl knows that I am NOT a short story reader! But since I more then overdid my allotted reading, (I signed up to read 4) by actually reading TEN books and also posting on two movies I thought I’d shock Carl and wind up by reading a few (very few) short stories out of a book I have called The Way of the Wizard. Next to Dragons, Sorcerers are pretty neat characters.. some are good… some are evil..but they all are interesting !
The first short story was In Lost Lands by George RR Martin (a familiar name to most!) There was a witch named Gray Alys, and as the story goes Gray can make anything happen that you ask for… for a price. But she never turned anyone down…. this story is short and sweet , as they say, and moralistic..at least in my humble opinion one must “be careful what you wish for!” I think that this was very cleverly written.
The second short story was: John Uskglass & the Cumbrian Charcoal Burner. (one hellava title huh?!) by Susanna Clarke. The gist of this short story is a poor Charcoal Burner goes up against a most powerful wizard for all the wrongs he kept doing to th e Charcoal Burner. But, the Charcoal Burner goes to pray for help…and gets it!… moral being: there is always someone more powerful than you are!
A third short story is called Wizard’s Apprentice by Delia Sherman. When Nick ran away he found himself at the mercy of a Evil Book Wizard, trapped once he excepted food and a place to sleep. When he discovered he couldn’t run away from the wizard he decided to read some of the wizard’s books…and truly became a Wizards Apprentice and and wound up finding a new home.
And number 4 short story is: El Regalo by Peter S Beagle. This one was my favorite. It was about sibling rivalry. Possibly you know the feeling.. “mom likes you the best” sort of thing. This was an older HS sister and her much younger little brother who she discovers by seeing him do strange things, that he’s a witch! Not only was this a clever short story but it had comedy in it as well. Let me leave you with my favorite quote of this story:
“… I swear by Buffy the Vampire Slayer that I will keep my hands off of my baby brother… “
“My baby brother, the monster! He’s gotten worse since he started sticking a Y in his name…” “,,,and I will stop calling him Ex Lax…” (gawd I cracked up!)
Ok so those are my ever so brief reports on short stories.. they really are short! Much more and I could just post the whole stories!
So, after all is said and done here’s my list of things from Once Upon a Time:
1 Wee Free Men…Terry Pratchett……………..267 pgs
2 A Hat Full of Sky..Terry Pratchett………….295 pgs
3 Wintersmith…Terry Pratchett…………………464 pgs
4 I Shall Wear Midnight..Terry Pratchett……368 pgs
5 Winnie the Pooh..A.A. Milne………………..162 pgs
6 Tooth & Claw…Jo Walton……………………253 pgs
7 Name of the Wind…Patrick Rothfuss……..672 pgs
8 Wise Man’s Fear…..Patrick Rothfuss……..996 pgs
9 Daddy Long Legs…Jean Webster…………114 pgs
10 Warlock…. Michael Scott…………………..386 pgs
Ten books: 3,977 pages!! Woo Hoo!! (not too shabby for a slow reader!)
My favorite of them all is Warlock. But then it had 4 books before it to keep me interested !! It would be followed by the Name of the Wind and Wise Man’s Fear. I am happy to say that I enjoyed all of them!
Then I posted on two Movies:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and King Kong.
And lastly this post about some short stories!
I think this is the best I’ve ever done for OUaT ! well, variety wise that is… a few years back I did more than 10 books ..but now I’m older and read slower ..but still enjoying them all!
As always Once Upon a Time was great fun… and I look forward to RIP and some good Gothic Mysteries!!!!!
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