Queen Victoria's Book of Spells

  • by Ellen Datlow (editor), Terri Windling (editor)
  • Narrated by Kelly Lintz
  • 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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 Brontes, 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 18 stories by experts from the fantasy, horror, mainstream, and young adult fields, including both best-selling 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.

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Good stories, may need work on narration

Although the stories are intriguing if verging a bit on anglomania fan fiction, and the narrator has several serviceable British accents. They do slip a bit and more practice with place names would be required to not jar a native British listener.

My two favourite examples are the Hebrides islands pronounced hee-brides, and Queen Victoria becoming Scottish when she gets angry.
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- Lee_Lemon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-02-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios