May 142011

On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book City Chick. Every week I’ll introduce you to a book that’s on my extensive To-Be-Read list. Sometimes they are new books, but quite often they aren’t. Let me know if you’ve read it, and what you think.

Sleight of Hand by Peter S. Beagle

Abundant with tales of quiet heroism, life-changing decisions, and determined searches for deep answers, this extraordinary collection of contemporary fantasy explores the realms between this world and the next. From the top of the Berlin Wall to the depths of the darkest seas, gods and monsters battle their enemies and innermost fears, yet mere mortals make the truly difficult choices. A slightly regretful author and a vengeful-but-dilapidated dragon square off over an abandoned narrative; the children of the Shark God demand painful truths from their chronically absent father; and a bereaved women sacrifices herself to change one terrible moment, effortlessly reversed by a shuffle of the deck. Whether melancholic, comedic, or deeply tragic, each new tale is suffused with misdirection and discovery, expressed in the rich and mesmerizing voice of a masterful storyteller.

This is a collection of short fantasy stories. I can’t remember where I first saw it, but it sounds delightful.

  8 Responses to “On My Wishlist #8”

  1. I love the cover. I am not good with short stories but it does sound interesting.

  2. I love fantasy stories, this one sounds great. Thanks for posting about it.

  3. I like this one….my 15 year old is actually heard about it and wanting to read it…
    thanks for sharing

  4. The book does sound fascinating. I have liked some of Beagle's other work. I'll have to add this one to my wishlist too.

  5. I don't read that much short stories but this one does sound interesting.

  6. I'm on vacation. That means: freelance writing, doing some web design work for clients and looking for a job. But when I'm not doing any of that stuff I'm reading or having fun. Come see what I'm wishing for.

  7. Neat pick! I've been meaning to reading that anthology myself. I hope you enjoy it when you get it.

    On My Wishlist

  8. I am not a big fan of short stories. I always feel like they are too short and too quick, but then again, I haven't tried one in years. Hope you enjoy it!

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