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Curses Inc. and Other Stories (Laurel-Leaf Books) (utgåvan 1998)

av Vivian Vande Velde (Författare)

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A spell that gets you land, money, long golden hair, or a date to the prom can't be a curse, can it? A curse just gets you dead. Or does it?. . . In these ten stunning short stories, boys and girls learn firsthand just what magic spells, enchantments, and curses really can do. "Give this one to readers who are ready for some sophisticated tales of the supernatural." --Booklist… (mer)
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Titel:Curses Inc. and Other Stories (Laurel-Leaf Books)
Författare:Vivian Vande Velde (Författare)
Info:Laurel Leaf (1998), Edition: 2nd Printing, 240 pages
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I can only say this, that I'm a big fan of the author and will read just about anything she writes. She's just smart, and funny, and yet also insightful. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Curses, Inc. by Vivian Vande Velde was one of my favorite books growing up, and I half-hesitated before picking it up again. What if it didn't live up to my childhood memories? What if it was more goofy than spooky?

Thankfully, my fears were unfounded. Vivian Vande Velde shines as much to me now as an adult as she did when I was in elementary school. She is an absolute master of the short story, with a twist at the ending of most - if not all - that never feels forced or smug. Sometimes you can see the twist coming, sometimes not, but every time is a delight. She also has a keen sense of humor that shines in her stories. Even the first story, the namesake of the anthology, mixes modernity with ancient superstition in a quick-witted, tongue-in-cheek story of revenge.

My personal favorite, however, will always be "Past Sunset", a mournful and melancholy tale about a small town in France where one never opens their shutters after dark. For years, this story haunted me well after I read it. It's thrilling and tense at parts, and achingly sad at others.

Other stand-outs include the funny "Skin Deep" and "Boy Witch", the wicked just-desserts "Cypress Swamp Granny", and the historical morality tale, "The Witch's Son".

A collection not to be missed, Vivian Vande Velde was great as a kid and - as proven by myself - still a delight to adults. ( )
  kittyjay | Jul 18, 2015 |
Curses, Inc. by Vivian Vande Velde was one of my favorite books growing up, and I half-hesitated before picking it up again. What if it didn't live up to my childhood memories? What if it was more goofy than spooky?

Thankfully, my fears were unfounded. Vivian Vande Velde shines as much to me now as an adult as she did when I was in elementary school. She is an absolute master of the short story, with a twist at the ending of most - if not all - that never feels forced or smug. Sometimes you can see the twist coming, sometimes not, but every time is a delight. She also has a keen sense of humor that shines in her stories. Even the first story, the namesake of the anthology, mixes modernity with ancient superstition in a quick-witted, tongue-in-cheek story of revenge.

My personal favorite, however, will always be "Past Sunset", a mournful and melancholy tale about a small town in France where one never opens their shutters after dark. For years, this story haunted me well after I read it. It's thrilling and tense at parts, and achingly sad at others.

Other stand-outs include the funny "Skin Deep" and "Boy Witch", the wicked just-desserts "Cypress Swamp Granny", and the historical morality tale, "The Witch's Son".

A collection not to be missed, Vivian Vande Velde was great as a kid and - as proven by myself - still a delight to adults. ( )
  kittyjay | Jul 18, 2015 |
Mildly interesting. I liked a couple of the stories - Witch's Son, in particular, and the one about the man who couldn't remember who he was - and found some of the others amusing. Some I didn't like, generally because the subject was so clearly expressed and I didn't like that (the one about the water spirit, in particular - and to some extent the one about the ghost, After Sunset). I preferred the stories set in fairy-tale times rather than the modern-day ones; not sure if that relates to the settings (though I do enjoy urban fantasy) or to those particular stories. As with most Vande Veldes, many (not all) of the stories illustrate someone getting a well-deserved comeuppance, particularly the title story. I'm glad I read it, but I doubt I'll bother to reread. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Dec 22, 2014 |
It basically goes the way of most anthologies: some stories I wanted to keep on going into a full length novel, others I didn't particularly care for. Though I must admit that each one has its good parts. Vivian Vande Velde is very reliable that way. Magic and chilling plot twists are basically her signature, so she does very well with this anthology of witches. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Sep 5, 2014 |
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A spell that gets you land, money, long golden hair, or a date to the prom can't be a curse, can it? A curse just gets you dead. Or does it?. . . In these ten stunning short stories, boys and girls learn firsthand just what magic spells, enchantments, and curses really can do. "Give this one to readers who are ready for some sophisticated tales of the supernatural." --Booklist

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