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"Romantic and blood-streaked, and infused with magic so real you can feel it on your fingertips—Deathless is beautiful." —Cory Doctorow
“Stories, unlike people, don't stay dead forever, or not always. They can live again—but only under very special circumstances. They must be revived by the miraculous touch of a very rare class of being, a kind of multi-classed genius/scholar/saint, who can restore them to life. Catherynne Valente is such a being.” —Lev Grossman on Ventriloquism
“Valente just knocks me flat with her use of language: rich, cool, opiated language, language for stories of strange love and hallucinated cities of the mind.” —Warren Ellis on Palimpsest
“Valente’s lyrical prose and masterful storytelling brings to life a fabulous world, and solidifies Valente’s place at the forefront of imaginative storytelling.” —Library Journal, starred review, on The Orphan’s Tales
“Lyrical, witchy... mixes feminist grit with pixie dust.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Catherynne M. Valente’s first three novels earned her a reputation as a bold, skillful writer. Her latest, The Orphan’s Tales, reaffirms that early acclaim... These are fairy tales that bite and bleed. Every moment of lyricism is countered by one of clear-eyed honesty, and sometimes the moments combine...Now we wait for Valente to bend her knee again and make more myths.” —Washington Post
“The earlier novels and poetry collections have established her as a distinctive presence in contemporary fantasy’s landscape, but The Orphan’s Tales still might make her seem like a spontaneous mountain.” —Bookslut
This book is darkly humorous, and wrenchingly beautiful.
Valente did her research well, and I find myself very interested in reading a history of that period, so compelling a background did it form in this novel.
I would recommend this to fans of Neil Gaiman and also think that anyone who likes a new take on an old tale would enjoy this.
An ambitious novel that weaves traditional Russian folk lore amid Russia’s turbulent history between 1930-1940. Read morePublished 3 months ago by audrey
I'm a student of Russian Studies and therefore know at least a little about Russian folklore and the Soviet Union and such. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. E.
it went a bit bodice ripper a chapter or so in, but overall, it was utterly gorgeous. I dare you not to love koschei with all of yourself, just like maryaPublished 4 months ago by M. Hopson
This was the sort of book I wish we had read during Creative Writing class. I haven't read any of Valente's other books, but based on this one, I'll have to read some of the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by S.A.S
If it is marketed properly.... it is a serious work of literature - melding the Russian folk tales of Koschei the deathless and Baba Yaga - with the real time horrors of the siege... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stuart Lutzenhiser
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It's beautifully written and full of vivid imagery and rich characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amy C. Bennett
Gave it 2 stars because I am not interested in Russian history. I recognized many of the fairy tale characters but don't care enough about Russian history to go on with it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Hazel
It starts out promising, but then it just kind of falls off. I ended the novel saying, "what?... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Azor Ahai
I had to read this book for class. It is well written and an easy read but storyline can become confusing for those who do not understand Russian Culture or folktales.Published 9 months ago by Robert B