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Book Review: The Mammoth Book of Dark Magic, part 1

The Mammoth Book of Dark Magic edited by Mike Ashley, part 1
This is a reprint of the 2004 anthology ‘The Mammoth Book of Sorcerer’s Tales’.

Ten Things I Know About The Wizard
A man unwisely dates a woman who is defiantly opposed to her wizard father. An unprepossessing tale.

Villaggio Sogno
Two girls venture far. There is nothing new here and this has an over-focus on weird and musty shadows over plot.

The Game Of Magical Death
A hilariously dated tale in which a boy buys a text based computer game on disk via mail order to play on his IBM. This was okay and has a twist.

The Infestation
A low level hapless wizard has to deal with a Lovecraftian horror and his own apprehension. Good.

The Witch’s Bicycle
By Tim Pratt. A very wicked witch and her unreconstructed attitude manipulates three teenagers. The witch is a less fastidious and less tasteful prototype of Marla Mason. This was extremely dull.

The Saga of Theare
A dull tale written in a style as thick as treacle.

Timekeeper
A magic clock smith brings magic into lives. Good.

The Double Shadow
An over-written tale in which two wizards make a big mistake. Okay.
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