2016-03-08

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A collection of 11 short stories, which the publisher very kindly makes available via Creative Commons in assorted formats. I got this because I had enjoyed the novella The Surfer reprinted in Lightspeed; sadly I did not get on so well with this collection. I think this is a personal-taste thing: they are all written beautifully, but most are a bit too weird, a bit too creepy, a bit too strange for me.

There were three stories that I did like:
  • Travels with the Snow Queen - a retelling of the fairy tale, which I happened to read very shortly after reading The Raven and the Reindeer. Not at all the same, but perhaps riffing off some of the same themes. (This was a James Tiptree Jr. Award Winner & World Fantasy Award Nominee.)
  • Flying Lessons - old gods in modern Scotland
  • Vanishing Act - a girl staying with her family in 1960s USA, missing her missionary parents and slowly fading away
Kelly Link has three more short story collections which I intend to work my way round to.

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