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Product Details

  • Series: Wonder Tales
  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Papaveria Press (January 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907881034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907881039
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,105,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C.S.E. Cooney lives and writes across the street from a Victorian Strolling Park. She is the author of How To Flirt in Faerieland and Other Wild Rhymes and Jack o' the Hills. She won the 2011 Rhysling Award for her story-poem "The Sea King's Second Bride."

Her short fiction and poetry can be found in Rich Horton's Years Best Science Fiction and Fantasy (2011, 2012, 2014), The Nebula Awards Showcase (2013), The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures (2014), The Moment of Change Anthology, Black Gate Magazine, Apex, Subterranean, Strange Horizons, Ideomancer, Clockwork Phoenix, Steam-Powered II, The Book of Dead Things, Cabinet des Fées, Stone Telling, Goblin Fruit, and Mythic Delirium.

Her most recent novellas, "Martyr's Gem" and "How the Milkmaid Struck a Bargain with the Crooked One" may be found online at GigaNotoSaurus. "Witch, Beast, Saint" the first of her erotic fairytales from The Witch's Garden Series appears in Strange Horizons. Her website can be found at http://csecooney.com/



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The only complaint I have is how much I want more!
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It's not like any other story you will hear because, well, because it is a magical story penned by a master storyteller.
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The plot is perfectly served up in a well polished package.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grey Walker on March 24, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Beautiful writing isn't always bright and clean-scrubbed. Sometimes it's as dark as the delicate traceries of mold in a dripping corner. Jack O' the Hills is scarified with this kind of beauty. The characters, one and all, are feral and bloodthirsty. Only one comes sweetly and purely by his bloodthirst, but I'll not say who, or why. The two stories in this small volume will give you the secret in an hour or two of reading. The words will slide into your imagination as easily as gleaming thorn would pierce your tongue. But the taste will linger long past the first, sharp pain.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julia Rios on April 5, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
These stories are utterly delightful because Cooney's approach is so gleeful and unflinching. Jack Yap lives in a hard world, full of violence and danger. He's not very nice himself, but he's a sympathetic fellow all the same, in part because his heart is so strong and true. There's no shortage of love and adventure here, and the moments of heartbreaking cruelty are tempered with sly wit, truth, wonder and exuberance. A must for anyone who loves playful language, fairy tales, and the sorts of stories where everyone has agency and no one is afraid to use it. I winced, I laughed, I walked away emotionally satisfied and hungry for more! And Rebekah Huston's cover illustration is amazingly spot on, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patty Templeton on March 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Jack Yap likes to shake things to death. Eggs. Men. It's all the same. He's a talker, even had his mouth sewn shut once by his own Marm for flapping those gums too much. When Jack and his giant brother, Pudding, go out creature-killing, they come across an egg they don't destroy - a skinchanger's egg. Too bad Jack Yap's mom is a bitch and a bother and a thief to boot, who isn't above stealing from her own blood...

That, my friends, is only a bit about the first of C.S.E. Cooney's two interconnected short stories, "Stone Shoes" and "Oubilette's Egg," that make up the novelette Jack of the Hills. What's the second wonder tale about, you ask? All I'll give you is that there's a skeleton garden, curses and murder.

Cooney's characters are flawed and awful folks and yet utterly likeable. "Funny and horrifying and moving by turns" so says World Fantasy Award-nominated author James Enge. I'll be damned if I don't wanna have a Jack Yap of my own. He may be a red-headed, loud-mouthed killer, but he's loyal and I'd put him on my arm.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AMAL EL-MOHTAR on March 29, 2011
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This book is exquisite. Cooney's writing is hungry, fierce, and sharp-toothed. This is a writer who does not re-tell fairytales so much as create them from whole cloth, shaping worlds brimming with unique magic and compelling -- in the most literal sense -- characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rebecca huston on March 29, 2011
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I loved this story so much, it was true pleasure to illustrate. The characters take moral ambiguity to an art form, the plot moves along a a snappy pace and I couldn't put it down. The only complaint I have is how much I want more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Horton on March 29, 2011
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As soon as I finished reading it, I was torn between reading it again, and passing this fantastic tale on to a friend. My love of sharing won out, but I think I may need to order another copy to have on hand so that I can continue to lend it out, without sacrificing my ability to read it again and again.

The author has artfully crafted characters that are deceptively simple and despicably lovable. The narrative flows with the ease of well written poetry. The imagery is concise and inventive. The plot is perfectly served up in a well polished package. These are words that hit their mark. A short tale of adventure and magic, of wickedness and revenge, of friendship and love.

Over and over, descriptive phrases kept popping out that made me smile and stop to read them over again. The last writer that made me feel this way was Tom Robbins. Don't miss out on reading this great little fairytale gem.
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