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The Pagan Anthology of Short Fiction: 13 Prize Winning Tales Paperback – October 8, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1st edition (October 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738712698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738712697
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Llewellyn Publications has grown and expanded into new areas of personal growth and transformation since it began as the Portland School of Astrology in 1901. Along with the strong line of astrology books the company was founded upon, Llewellyn publishes books on everything from alternative health and healing, Wicca and Paganism, to metaphysics and the paranormal-and since 1994 has published a growing list of Spanish-language titles.

Llewellyn has long been know as one of America's leading publishers of New Age books, producing a wide variety of valuable tools for transformation of the mind, body and spirit. Reach for the Moon-and discover that self-help and spiritual growth is what Llewellyn is all about.

Customer Reviews

(Don't get me wrong.
Tabby Sweet
Let's hope they hold the contest again, and put out a second volume!
K. Moore
I very much enjoyed most of the stories.
Cissa

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tabby Sweet on December 13, 2010
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I was definitly disappointed with this book. A lot of the stories in it, to me, only suggested pagan themes. A few seemed like they were in there simply for shock factor. What does lesbian erotica have to do with paganism? The stories just didn't seem well chosen. Even the story by one of my favorite authors, Deborah Blake, left me wondering "Where's the Pagan?" A sci-fi story about a world where paganism is finally accepted and the cop is a psychic that convinces the ghost of a killer he's going to hell if SHE wants him to, just isn't pagan to me. It's amusing, but I felt all these stories lacked the main theme of the book. Black Doe by Vylar Kaftan was really the only story I felt related to the theme. It had ancient gods, magick, and beliefs long since forgotten. The tribes people were in every sense Pagan, but it didn't flat out say that in the story. And no one had to strap on a strap-on or masturbate to get the point across. (Don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with erotica, I just don't think it was properly used with the theme of the book. A woman masturbating to the memory of her dead husband while at Goddess Fest and surrounded by a bunch of horny women... How does that fit in with Paganism!?)
Maybe I'm old fashioned, or like fantasy too much, but this was defenitly not what I was expecting.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Moore on December 10, 2008
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I love this book- an excellent collection of short stories written by a wide variety of authors who show wonderful imagination and insight. In a way, it's kind of like Grimm's Fairy tales mixed with Aesop's fables, a great story book. Let's hope they hold the contest again, and put out a second volume!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SDP on January 3, 2009
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The short story can be a challenge to write. In only the equivalent of a single chapter, one must introduce characters and situations and move along to develop the plot - and bring it to conclusion.

This anthology is the result of a competition for pagans to submit their short stories, and we are given the top 13 stories submitted. If this is a sample of the pagan writers, then I envy the judges who got to read all of the submissions, and at the same time, I do not envy them for having to pick only 13!

One does not have to be a pagan to enjoy these stories. One only has to be a reader.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sile on August 24, 2011
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This is a collection of 13 stories, judged and collated by the editors of a magazine and a well-known pagan publishing house. I was hopeful of reading a great selection of creative pieces from pagan authors; I was disappointed.

Out of the 13 stories, only two appealed to me, one of which was the winner - of what I am not sure, but it says it's the winner in the introduction. "A Valkyrie Among Jews" by April about a woman raised in Judaism who has converted but still works in a Jewish retirement home and her reaction to being surrounded by her former faith and its accoutrements. I preferred "Black Doe" by Vylar Kaftan who was challenged by a friend to create a story encompassing "survivor's guilt about food poisoning and someone getting a haircut" (page 209). Despite the strange impetus, the work is superb and well written, with effortless characterisation and a story that carries you along with it right through to the end. Most of the stories dragged for me, and I was constantly eager to finish one in the hope the next would be better; not so with "Black Doe" as it ended far too quickly for me.

Please note there is an erotic (for want of a better word) piece in amongst the stories. It would have been nice to see a story about ordinary people living in the ordinary world as every story in the anthology was tainted with either the supernatural, manifest deity, occult or involved elements of fantasy and/or science fiction. Pagans are ordinary people, too, but that doesn't mean we don't have our own stories.

This anthology didn't seem to live up to the promise (it held for me) of bringing new and exciting pagan authors to my attention. I can't recommend it to others, but I can recommend the two authors I mentioned above.
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I was impressed by this collection. Almost all of the stories were both creative and well-written; something that i cannot always say about various sf/f anthologies that I've read!

I was particularly impressed since the introduction made it clear that they were defining "pagan fiction" pretty tightly, such that a number of stories I'd consider to be "pagan fiction" would not fit the requirements here.

I very much enjoyed most of the stories. However, I found "Silkie's Diary" to be pretty disturbing. The author of the diary is supposedly college-aged... but the voice sounds like she's 12 or so, very consistently. This wouldn't matter so much if there were not some pretty adult-themed things in the content that were distressing when heard from someone who's sounding like a pre-teen- such as being kidnapped and raped by pirates 9which the diary pretty much dismisses as traumatic except to call the pirates names like "stinky"); there's also the references to her having sex with her former boyfriend (fine if she's college-aged; more disturbing if she's mentally the preteen she sounds like). I guess what I found disturbing here is the combination of a really well-done preteen voice... talking casually things that would be horrible for anyone (gang-rape by pirates) or just wildly inappropriate for that perceived age.

This was the outlier, though; the rest of the stories had a more coherent voice and were mostly very well-done and enjoyable.. and very pagan in many different ways!
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