Thursday, 22 November 2012

Review: Under my Hat: Tales from the Cauldron

Title: Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron
Author: Various
Edited By: Jonathan Strahan
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Format: Hardback
Publication Date: 4th October 2012

Tell Me About It
A stellar cast of acclaimed fantasy writers weave spellbinding tales that bring the world of witches to life. Boasting over 70 awards between them, including a Newbery Medal, five Hugo Awards and a Carnegie Medal, authors including Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix and Holly Black delve into the realms of magic to explore all things witchy... From familiars that talk, to covens that offer dark secrets to explore, these are tales to tickle the hair on the back of your neck and send shivers down your spine.

My Thoughts
From the moment I saw Under My Hat at a blogger event earlier this year I knew it was a book I had to read. With a mix of authors that we know and love like Holly Black (Little Gods), Garth Nix (A Handful of Ashes), and Neil Gaiman (Witch Work) and to me, some not well know authors.

One of the best things about books from Hot key books, is that they have their own special ring, the Hot Key Ring, on the back of each book. The ring lets you, the reader, know what to expect from each book. Under My Hat has a ring of awesomeness and has got to be my favourite one so far.

It took me a few days to make my way through Under My Hat as I wanted to fully take in the stories for each author and there were a couple that really stuck out and stay in my head even now.
Stray Magic by Diana Peterfreund, is about a magical stray dog looking for its master, that is picked up and put into an animal shelter for adoption.
Payment Due by Frances Hardinge with body swaps and magical furniture, this made for a quick but entertaining read.

Each story brings us into the world of magic, witchcraft and mystery in its own way, and I looked forward to starting each new story wondering what magical thing would allow me to fall into the pages once again. While I would love to keep this book on my shelves ,it has already been claimed by my brother who set his eyes on it the moment I showed it to him. With offerings from authors we all know and love, to ones that are not so familiar, Under My Hat is a perfect read for anyone wanting to sample some work before buying or even collecting all the stories written by our favourite author.

1 comment:

  1. ooo thank you for reminding me about this! I was hoping to get a copy when it came out but forgot about it… will definitely try and get hold of a copy soon.


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