Book of Enchantments
Patricia C. Wrede
This is a collection of ten unrelated short stories by Patricia Wrede. They’re all at least fun, and some of them are quite good. The best two are probably “Roses by Moonlight,” a story about choices and dreams, and “Cruel Sisters,” a retelling of an old ballad. “The Sixty-two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd,” a humorous Arabian-Nights-meets-werewolves story, is also quite good. And there’s also an Enchanted Forest story: “Utensile Strength,” which may not be written in deathless prose, but is nonetheless fun. How can you not like a story that features the Frying Pan of Doom?
There’s not a whole lot of moral import to any of these stories. One story has some weird earth mysticism/magic, but given that it’s short and fantasy and not terribly deep, I don’t think it’s a problem.