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― Voltaire

Sleight of Hand - Peter S. Beagle Three and a half starsAn interesting collection, a couple up to Beagle's highest works and his characteristic haunting, sorrowful tone. Most are previously published in magazines or short story collections. A couple read more like writing exercises; the are polished in their own way but don't really reach excellence."The Rock in the Park" is about centaurs in Brooklyn. Wonderful tale about friends, magic, art and probably one of my favorites in the collection."Sleight of Hand" a woman wants to escape her life. Haunting and puzzling, and despite a second read, I'm not sure I understand it fully."The Children of the Shark God" for a monster brides anthology. Actually quite thoughtful and sad, and about being a child of a missing parent as much as the bride of a "monster.""The Best Worst Monster" A silly one about a man who makes a monster and terrorizes a town until the monster grows some ethics."What Tune the Enchantress Plays" written from the perspective of an enchantress musing on her life before killing a demon."La Lune T'Attend" aging New Orleans werewolves take a stand. A very unique take on a werewolf tale. Sorrowful and noble."Up the Down Beanstalk: A Wife Remembers" a wife musing on Jacks and husbands--rather funny."The Rabbi's Hobby" a young boy studying with a rabbi finds a mysterious woman in a photo. Haunting, the way a box full of old black and white photos are."Oakland Dragon Blues" a dragon lands in Berkley; reads a little more like a writing exercise and lacks the fullness and sophistication of most of his works."The Bridge Partner" a submissive woman finds a new bridge partner. "Bridges" on horror."Dirae" revenge fantasy starring a mysterious warrior woman that finds herself saving people."Vanishing" a return to the Berlin wall for an old soldier."The Woman Who Married the Man in the Moon" set in the same world as The Last Unicorn