The Witch Who Made Adjustments

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A humorous and deeply heartwarming fantasy novelette of a witch who may not be as "terrible" as she seems -- a witch who came into a turn-of-the-century town, just a few days before Halloween, and changed the lives of the entire populace, and especially young Tommy, a hardworking boy, and his impoverished family. More

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Published by Norilana Books
Published: Jan. 07, 2012
Words: 12,630
Language: English
ISBN: 9781607620990
About Vera Nazarian

VERA NAZARIAN immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at the age of 17, and since then has published numerous works in anthologies and magazines, and has seen her fiction translated into eight languages.

She made her novelist debut with the critically acclaimed arabesque "collage" novel DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE (2002), followed by epic fantasy about a world without color, LORDS OF RAINBOW (2003). Her novella THE CLOCK KING AND THE QUEEN OF THE HOURGLASS from PS Publishing with an introduction by Charles de Lint made the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2005. Her debut short fiction collection SALT OF THE AIR, with an introduction by Gene Wolfe, contains the 2007 Nebula Award-nominated "The Story of Love."

Recent work includes the 2008 Nebula Award-nominated, self-illustrated baroque fantasy novella THE DUKE IN HIS CASTLE (2008), the hilarious and surprisingly romantic Jane Austen parodies MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES (2009), NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS (2010), PRIDE AND PLATYPUS: Mr Darcy's Dreadful Secret (2012), science fiction collection AFTER THE SUNDIAL (2010), inspirational daily reader THE PERPETUAL CALENDAR OF INSPIRATION (2010), relationship and love advice parody VAMPIRES ARE FROM VENUS, WEREWOLVES ARE FROM MARS (2012), and the Renaissance epic fantasy COBWEB BRIDE Trilogy (2013).

She is working on a number of book-length projects including QUALIFY (The Atlantis Grail Trilogy, Book One), LADY OF MONOCHROME (a sequel to LORDS OF RAINBOW), a new Compass Rose milieu novel GODS OF THE COMPASS ROSE, and the AIREALM Trilogy.

After many years in Los Angeles, Vera lives in a small town in Vermont, and uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art.

In addition to being a writer and award-winning artist, she is also the publisher of Norilana Books.

Official website: www.veranazarian.com

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Reviews

Review by: rmkoske on March 22, 2012 : star star star star star
Very nice. The witch and her magic are quirky and unreasonable while simultaneously logical and dignified, and I love that kind of witchiness. Definitely appropriate as a YA story, but it has the classic feel of The Wizard of Oz or (as another reviewer mentioned) Mary Poppins, and I don't doubt I'll be reading it again and again.
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Review by: Eden Mabee on Jan. 23, 2012 : (no rating)
This delightful novella written by Vera Nazarian is living proof that the best things in life can be free. Not-quite reminiscent of Mary Poppins but sharing echos, The Witch Who Made Adjustments reminds us, gently, with humor and generosity of the value of being kind to others. Not that the intention of the piece is to drill us with a lesson. It’s very clear that Vera Nazarian’s primary goal is to entertain us, but like all writers of classic tradition, there is a moral for those who want it. A moral…or is that morsel? In truth, the story was sweet, and buoyant, and eloquent. Something to not start reading if you need to put down your Kindle before you finish.
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Review by: Eden Mabee on Jan. 23, 2012 : star star star star star
This delightful novella written by Vera Nazarian is living proof that the best things in life can be free. Not-quite reminiscent of Mary Poppins but sharing echos, The Witch Who Made Adjustments reminds us, gently, with humor and generosity of the value of being kind to others. Not that the intention of the piece is to drill us with a lesson. It’s very clear that Vera Nazarian’s primary goal is to entertain us, but like all writers of classic tradition, there is a moral for those who want it. A moral…or is that morsel? In truth, the story was sweet, and buoyant, and eloquent. Something to not start reading if you need to put down your Kindle before you finish.
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Review by: Susan Franzblau on Jan. 22, 2012 : star star star star star
"The Witch Who Made Adjustments" is typical, wonderful Vera Nazarian: Surprising, funny, scary, never what you think it is, with a little bit of wisdom tossed in. I scared the cat when I laughed out loud in the beginning and I swear I didn't move an inch during some of the later sequences. This story is as bewitching as the main character is bewitched. It's $2.00 and you'll want to read it again and again. It is good for all ages, too.
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Review by: lfsims on Jan. 22, 2012 : star star star
a good read and very good ending.
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