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Queen Victoria's book of spells
Queen Victoria's book of spells

Physical Description:
350 pages ; 24 cm
General Note (Repeatable):
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Fantasy, magic, and fairyland in nineteenth-century England / Queen Victoria's book of spells / The fairy enterprise / From the catalogue of the Pavilion of the Uucanny and Marvelous, scheduled for premiere at the Great Exhibition (before the fire) / The memory book / La Reine d'Enfer / For the Briar Rose / The governess / Smithfield / The unwanted women of Surrey / Charged / Mr. Splitfoot / Phosphorus / We without us were shadows / The vital importance of the superficial / The jewel in the Toad Queen's crown / A few twigs he left behind / Their monstrous minds / Estella saves the village
""Gaslamp Fantasy," or historical fantasy set in a magical version of the nineteenth century, has long been popular with readers and writers alike. A number of wonderful fantasy novels, including Stardust by Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, and The Prestige by Christopher Priest, owe their inspiration to works by nineteenth-century writers ranging from Jane Austen, the Brontë's, and George Meredith to Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and William Morris. And, of course, the entire steampunk genre and subculture owes more than a little to literature inspired by this period. Queen Victoria's Book of Spells is an anthology for everyone who loves these works of neo-Victorian fiction, and wishes to explore the wide variety of ways that modern fantasists are using nineteenth-century settings, characters, and themes. These approaches stretch from steampunk fiction to the Austen-and-Trollope inspired works that some critics call Fantasy of Manners, all of which fit under the larger umbrella of Gaslamp Fantasy. The result is eighteen stories by experts from the fantasy, horror, mainstream, and young adult fields, including both bestselling writers and exciting new talents such as Elizabeth Bear, James Blaylock, Jeffrey Ford, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee, Gregory Maguire, Delia Sherman, and Catherynne M. Valente, who present a bewitching vision of a nineteenth century invested (or cursed!) with magic"-- Provided by publisher.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice:
New York : Tor Book, [2013]