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Wildly inventive, darkly lyrical, and always surprising, this collection-like the mermaid in a bottle-is a literary treasure that should be cherished by fantastical fiction fans of all ages. --Publisher's Weekly

Darkly whimsical stories...Aiken writes with surpassing spirit and alertness, her elegant restraint and dry wit never fail to leave their mark. --Kirkus Reviews,April 2011

Each story has a surprise or twist. Many are ironic, go-figure pieces. They are just like real life, only more so. VERDICT: This book will appeal to readers of short stories and literary fiction. Highly recommended.

--Library Journal

Aiken's pastoral meadows and circus chaos, gothic grotesques and quirky romances... have a dream-like quality executed with a brevity and wit that is a testament to her skill as a story-teller. --California Literary Review

From a bottled mermaid brought home from a sailor's adventures at sea to a vicar reincarnated as a malevolent cat, fantasy is combined with magic, myth and adventure to form weird, wonderful and immersive tales."

--For Book's Sake

"Brisk, matter-of-fact accounts of annoying mermaids, hospitable devils, unionizing mice and robot prototypes that make flipping light switches an act of menace. And the women range from self-willed wives to beautiful stunt motorcyclists to knitting spinsters. Sometimes they conform to the stereotypes of the times they were created in, but [Joan] Aiken is full of surprises: Her plots and characters continually wander off the beaten track, leaving far behind what fantasist Lord Dunsany called 'the fields we know.'"—The Seattle Times


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Joan Aiken (1924-2004) daughter of Pulitzer prize winning poet Conrad Aiken started writing herself from the age of five. During her lifetime she published over one hundred books for children and adults, including the acclaimed Wolves of Willoughby Chase series. In the UK she received an MBE from the Queen for her services to Children's Literature.

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