Witch Way to the Mall
Edited by Esther Friesner
Cover Artist: Tom Kidd
Review by Carolyn Frank
Baen Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781439132746
Date: 26 May 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Everyone knows that witches have always lived deep in the woods or at the extreme edges of small towns, although more modern day witches have migrated to the major cities. In America as suburbia has grown to be the dominant place to reside and work, witches have been slow to follow. Finally witches have moved to where most of us live and shop, and you can now find the answer to Witch Way to the Mall. From official release/information:
Product Description: Move over, urban fantasy here comes suburban fantasy. What self-respecting witch, vampire, or werewolf would be caught dead or undead anywhere but the Big City, you may ask? Look, let's give the uncanny crew a little credit for intelligence: If they had the smarts to see the advantage in packing up and moving into the cities, why wouldn't they have the smarts to move out of said cities if it looked like they could get a better quality-of-life/death elsewhere? (Tough enough going about your otherworldly business and evading the occasional mob wielding halogen torches and designer pitchforks, but have you ever seen city real estate prices?)
So let's welcome our first group of supernatural suburbanites, the witches. Their powers are awesome, their methods of coping with the lumps, bumps, and idiosyncrasies of Suburbia are ingenious, and they always bring the loveliest gingerbread to the PTA bake sale. But whatever you do, don't try telling them that life in a non-city setting is bland, banal and boring, or you might get turned into . . . ribbit!
Stories of suburban sorcery by Harry Turtledove, Sarah A. Hoyt, Jan and S.M. Stirling, K. D. Wentworth, and more—including Esther Friesner herself.