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Making the Rounds
WHO CAN HELP...
- ...when a word decides to get up and leave your holy book?
- ...when you’re a mayor and your city is literally crumbling around you?
- ...when the evil Haman, villain of the Purim story, seems to have arisen from the dead to terrorize your town?
Eliezer ben-Avraham, wizard, Kabbalist, and kvetch, not only can but must help. Because he poked around in areas of forbidden knowledge, he is obliged to wander the world and use the powers he gained to perform good deeds—mitzvot—for anybody who asks, no matter how bizarre the task. Ably assisted by his trusty but cynical steed, Melech, Eliezer does what he can, although transforming into a bird and flying around is difficult when you have arthritis in your shoulder.
Humourous, philosophical, and very weird, Eliezer’s adventures as he makes his rounds demonstrate how important it is to be generous with your gifts, even to the craziest goyim.
About the Author:
Allan Weiss was born in Montreal and lives in Toronto, where he teaches English and Humanities at York University. He has published over two dozen short stories, both mainstream and genre, in various periodicals and anthologies, including Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, Windsor Review, On Spec, and Tesseracts 4, 7, and 9. His story collection Living Room appeared in 2001. [MORE]
"A quirky and unique collection of short stories, Allan Weiss manages to bring a unique world where magic is real to life. Things that you would never expect but that seem perfectly plausible and to make perfect sense when presented. A definite page turner, Weiss spins a tale that's perfect for curling up with as the days get shorter and the nights get cooler. I greatly enjoyed reading this, and look forward to reading more of Weiss's work in the future." - Lily Shadowlyn
"Making the Rounds contains episodes in the wanderings of Eliezer ben-Avraham, an itinerant Kabaalist magician, who is cursed to do mitzvah (good works) in exchange for bed and board because he pursued forbidden knowledge. He and his talking horse roam a desert, looking for people he can help. Humorous and entertaining, these stories will expand your knowledge of Yiddish and Jewish customs and holidays if you are goyim, as I am. Although one reviewer didn't find himself invested in the characters, I enjoyed Eliezer and his horse and cared about "what happens next". I've never read anything quite like these stories and appreciate the difference. Definitely light reading, but interesting and amusing, it expanded my horizons. I recommend it!" - Ann Brookens
"Entirely new genre for me.... well written and certainly worth exploring more. Recommended if you want a exciting read." - - Ray Franklin
"Although the stories in Making the Rounds have been described as “weird,” I found them to be good explication of wisdom literature, containing magical realism, references to ancient texts, and reminiscent of Don Quixote and the Biblical story of Balaam and his talking donkey (with a slight touch of Mister Ed and Donkey from Shrek thrown in for good measure)." - Julie Flaming
"Making the Rounds is a book that all should be able to enjoy. On the one hand, Jews should be delighted to read fantasy stories set within their culture. On the other hand, non-Jews might find the book exotic (not a bad thing for fantasy), but they will also find it easily accessible, with most concepts taken from Judaism explained for a non-Jewish audience. (It doesn’t hurt that some ideas in fantasy come from Jewish mysticism: the idea, for instance, that magic derives from the power of words has its genesis in the Kaballah, as is mentioned in more than one of the stories in the collection.)" - Ira Nayman, Amazing Stories Magazine