By Diane Duane
He New Millennium version of A Wizard overseas has been revised and edited for its 21st-century readership, and contours new fabric which doesn't look within the unique 1993 version.
For additional info concerning the New Millennium version updates, please see this posting at DD's web publication "Out of Ambit" (http://www.dianeduane.com/outofambit/2012/08/14/out-now-the-new-millennium-edition-of-so-you-want-to-be-a-wizard/).
There's magic around the Atlantic...
Nita's ma and pa are commencing to get the concept that she and her fellow wizard package are "spending a bit an excessive amount of time together". So -- explaining that they wish to offer her a bit holiday from wizardry -- they pack Nita off for a month-long stick with her eccentric aunt at her farm in eire. yet this seems to were a nasty circulation on Nita's parents' half, considering eire is much more steeped in magical doings than the United States.
Nita, at first sure that she's going to be bored out of her brain, quickly reveals that the serene great thing about the Irish panorama is devious. The ghosts of guys and beasts and different beings -- together with what appear to be heroes, old gods, or even the Powers that Be -- confront her at each flip. And her recognition to strictly wizardly enterprise in this trouble is a little bit distracted by means of the darkish and edgy Ronan Nolan, a neighborhood youngster wizard with uncomfortable secrets... and an time table that will potentially comprise Nita.
Along with a gaggle of Irish wizards either old and young, Nita and gear (who joins her in eire) are drafted into an more and more determined conflict with the Lone strength in another of Its many kinds. The struggle is a private one, as regularly -- yet this time there's greater than traditional at stake, because the historic Enemy of existence makes an attempt to submerge the typical eire in an older, extra harmful one: a spot the place people are fairy stories, and the legends and monsters of Celtic delusion are a dangerous reality....
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The other crazy old man upstairs was standing in the doorway, holding a tall black hat in his hands. The rats 29 coraline_E 6/11/02 4:18 PM Page 30 scampered up him, burrowing into his pockets, into his shirt, up his trouser legs, down his neck. The largest rat climbed onto the old man’s shoulders, swung up on the long gray mustache, past the big black button eyes, and onto the top of the man’s head. In seconds the only evidence that the rats were there at all were the restless lumps under the man’s clothes, forever sliding from place to place across him; and there was still the largest rat, who stared down, with glittering red eyes, at Coraline from the man’s head.
I’m going now,” said Coraline. She put her hands in her pockets. Her fingers closed around the stone with the hole in it. Her other mother’s hand scuttled off Coraline’s shoulder like a frightened spider. “If that’s what you want,” she said. “Yes,” said Coraline. “We’ll see you soon, though,” said her other father. ” “Um,” said Coraline. “And then we’ll all be together as one big happy family,” said her other mother. ” Coraline backed away. She turned and hurried into the drawing room and pulled open the door in the corner.
On a china plate on the kitchen table was a spool of black cotton, and a long silver needle, and, beside them, two large black buttons. “I don’t think so,” said Coraline. “Oh, but we want you to,” said her other mother. “We want you to stay. ” “It won’t hurt,” said her other father. Coraline knew that when grown-ups told you something wouldn’t hurt it almost always did. She shook her head. Her other mother smiled brightly and the hair on her head drifted like plants under the sea. “We only want 43 coraline_E 6/11/02 4:18 PM Page 44 what’s best for you,” she said.