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The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet Paperback – August 28, 2007
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“Tiny but celebrated.”
–The Washington Post
“Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet never fails to hook me.”
“What is in this container?” Is it “dwarves and faeries and hobgoblins sitting around drinking mead out of acorns?” Or “post-nuclear holocaust cannibal mutants with a taste for sexy college students?” Perhaps it’s something even more sinister, some sort of “weird or speculative fiction.”
–from the Introduction by Dan Chaon
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The first story is by Link "Travels with the Snow Queen" which has become quite famous on its own. This is followed by Grant's "Scotch, an essay into a drink." This one actually has a couple of drink recipes in it. The book is 387 pages long; therefore, I won't be able to give a review of everything so I'll try to hit the highlights.
"Pretending" by Ray Vukcevich is the story of a set of old friends who meet up at the holidays at a different place every year and this particular year they meet in a missile silo. The silo belonged to a family who had attempted to turn it into a home but gave up and now rented it out. The group decides while they are there, they will call on ghosts. It turns out to be a wonderful and scary story.
"The Wolf's Story" is a poem written by Nan Fry which will make you cry.
Sarah Monette wrote "Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland" and it was one of my favorite stories of the collection. It's a fairy tale for adults about a woman named Violet who is enchanged by the fairy queen when she is young and how that and letters from her carry over into her adult life and her marriage. I've read it several times.
"Bay" by David Erik Nelson is the strange story of one man's encounter with a guy at a bar who insists he listen to a story of a haunted dog. The ending is unsettling and left me thinking about it for days afterward.Read more ›
Anthologies of short stories often fall into these same two neat categories, and the ones with relentlessly good stories are the rarity. More often than not, even `best of' collections have you wading through mediocrity to find the occasional gems.
But there is a third category of music albums --- the ones in which the songs all sound more or less alike but you're perfectly happy with that because it's such a good song. These tend to be more atmospheric albums.
_The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet_ is like this third category. For most of these stories, there is such a uniformity of spirit that it's hard not to wonder whether the obscurer names aren't in fact pseudonyms for Kelly Link. (Not a bad thing if true.) The stories are almost all on the whimsical side, often with a conceit focused on mythology or especially fairy tales. So there's discussion of mermaid seduction ("`Don't flop right into the boat!' her teachers chided. "Do you want people to think you're some kind of floozy?'") to an analysis of the illogic of a wolf needing to wear a sheepskin if he can get his hands on one (with a bonus analysis of our gender assumptions about wolves) to a story entitled "The Ichthyomancer Writes His Friend with an Account of the Yeti's Birthday Party" (either self-explanatory or utterly hopeless).
Glib? Maybe.Read more ›