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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Gryphon Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930846444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930846449
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,522,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sorrows, anguish and bitter might-have-beens dominate Rickert's fitfully brilliant collection of fantasy fiction, whose title novella, according to Gordon Van Gelder's afterword, reveals a love of the natural world that wonderfully imbues the author's often enigmatic fiction. Rickert's nature is less illumined by golden daffodils than "red in tooth and claw," rife with the fierce necessary complements of birth and death, reality and dream, sanity and madness. Rickert acknowledges her "magical realism" owes a literary debt to Gabriel García Marquez, but her most powerful passages, like "Moorina of the Seals," a startling ecological hymn, and "Many Voices," the horrific exposé of a women's prison, draw on woman's strengths and weaknesses as maiden, matron and crone. "Leda" and her other subtle retellings of myth, couched in the deceptively prosaic dialogue of America's underprivileged, achieve resonances that plumb the darkest depths of human love and loneliness, and occasionally rise to "the song that both connects, and disconnects us, shared, but never owned, life."
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"The stories in this collection both sting and delight me."  Charles Coleman Finlay, author, The Prodigal Troll


"One of my favorite short story writers."  Jeffrey Ford, New York Times–notable author and winner of the World Fantasy Award

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelleoverhere on March 25, 2011
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This is the first time I've reviewed something on Amazon, because usually everything I would write is already written in another review. This book is incredible! I came across M. Rickert's story Bread and Bombs in the anthology Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse(by far my favorite story in that anthology, by the way). Her writing is so beautiful, and the stories are haunting. I love to read short stories, but usually I can only find one or two that I really love in a collection. In this book, though, I really love most of the stories! I finished the book last night, and I'm still thinking about the lovely yet very sad final story "The Chambered Fruit," in which a mother tries to contact her dead daughter. Actually, the death of a child is a theme that recurs at least a few times in the book, and M. Rickert's portrayal of such a tragedy is very convincing, beautiful, and of course depressing. There is a sense of the magical in these stories, often in a dark sort of way. I love this book and recommend it to everyone! Now I'm off to read her more recent book Holiday.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sofia Samatar on March 25, 2012
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In this book, there is a perfect story. It's called "Cold Fires." It's about a couple stuck indoors together on a bitterly cold night. The weather's so bad that cars won't start and the power lines are frozen, so what can they do? "They decided to tell stories, the sort of stories that only the cold and the fire, the wind and the silent dark combined could make them tell."

The tales embedded in "Cold Fires" are rich in atmosphere and imagery, and related with the authority and precision of a great storyteller. But what sets the story apart for me, what makes it a perfect story, is that it doesn't say too much.

"Cold Fires" exemplifies what I love about Rickert's writing: the lyricism, the inventiveness, the willingness to experiment and trust dream logic, the resistance to making everything come out right. Everything doesn't come out right, in life or in these stories. Rickert deals with difficult subjects: rape, genocide, the death of children. Ultimately, though, her stories affirm life. "You look up to the sunless white sky," ends the final story, "The Chambered Fruit," which I read in one breathless sitting even though it is so hard to read. "Cold snow tips your face and neck. You close your eyes, and think, yes. Oh, life. Yes."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Barber on July 2, 2013
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Map of Dreams is a top-notch short story collection. They remind me very much of Shirley Jackson in that they deal with fear and death, but they are not as dark as Jackson's. The stories are richly imagined and deserve to be much better read than they are. Rickert should be a household name.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barzak on July 11, 2008
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M. Rickert's first collection, Map of Dreams, is beautiful, magical, real, incantatory, evocative, lush, poetic, full of narrative momentum and characters and situations that you will not easily forget. There is a generous amount of heart and sympathy in these stories, and a wealth of wisdom. Don't read this book at your own risk.
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