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Delia Sherman’s The Wizard’s Apprentice at Podcastle

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 | Posted by C.S.E. Cooney

deliashermanTraffic is slow today at the bookstore, which meant I got to listen to Delia Sherman’s “The Wizard’s Apprentice” over at Podcastle while I checked in box after box of dusty tomes. (I know, I know! It’s true! I have everybody’s dream job!)

It’s a quite short story, but very dear — it reminds me, actually, of Diana Wynne Jones’ The Lives of Christopher Chant — just a bit, and in the best way. It’s YA Fantasy, very easy on the ears, with magic and shape-shifting and cranky wizards and lost boys and oatmeal and impossible tasks.

I remember hearing Neil Gaiman say — or reading about him saying it — that children read Coraline with every confidence that she’ll come through all her troubles all right. But that adults read it, and they find it far more frightening an experience because they’re not at all sure she will. I had occasion to be reminded of this as well while listening to this story.

Luckily for me, soon there will be a novel of these two characters, evil Mr. Smallbone and doughty Nick Chanticleer, and I for one am looking forward to getting to know them a heckuva lot better! Go, Delia! Write your heart out!


  1. That was one of the top-tier stories for me from the Way of The Wizard, anthology, and that antho has a lot of veteran badasses(Gaiman, Beagle, Le Guin, Martin).

    Look forward to the novelisation.

    I can’t get to this ‘YA Fantasy,’ shit.

    I mean, just ’cause the Knight Who Say Fuck, or is elsewhere doesn’t mean, anything but that, those dudes are elsewhere

    Is Dunsany YA Fantasy?

    Comment by RadiantAbyss - April 6, 2011 4:05 pm

  2. OMFG! That is a satirical email account.

    None shall attempt to mail them or face the wrath of Xulthuqu’lthochialdjhexchialit!

    You have been warned sons of man.

    Comment by RadiantAbyss - April 6, 2011 4:11 pm

  3. Ha!

    I didn’t read the original antho. You have a leg up on me on this whole Way of the Wizard thing. :)

    Comment by C.S.E. Cooney - April 6, 2011 4:13 pm

  4. Thanks for ‘fixing’ that email thing, Cooney.

    Would you be a dear, and fix my grammerz alsoz? K thnx.

    Comment by RadiantAbyss - April 6, 2011 4:24 pm

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