Celebrating Shakespeare

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“The magic of Old Scotland was a very different matter to hers, a thing of fairies and diabolic pacts, chaining its practitioners to ruinous powers she had no intention of dealing with. her magic was book magic, an outgrowth of the natural philosophy that had made her such a prodigy as a doctor, able to cure all ills and almost raise the dead. Hers was the magic of an age of reason: of alchemy and philosophy and the clear light of day, not the smoke and cobwebs of the past’s dark night.” — Even in the Cannon’s Mouth, Adrian Tchaikovsky

Five excellent authors play with the characters from Shakespeare, sometimes crossing plays and centuries in the process. An interesting modern take on the Bard’s tales.

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