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Mesmerizing Sibyls with urban charms,
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This review is from: Oracles: A Pilgrimage (Paperback)
"Oracles: A Pilgrimage" is delicious. Bewitching. Intoxicating. There's a beautiful balance struck between the blazingly Apollonian and the chthonic Pythian, the vapors of the cave and the charring, blazing inspiration of the oracles. Set in a series of poetic vignettes in different cities, the book presents images of the Sibyl as framed in each city, from Seattle to Miami, southern California to the wilds of New England. I particularly appreciated the author's deft touch on the maddening, clarifying influence of such personal attention from a deity, and the psychological effects it can have on one, painted more often evocatively than explicitly. Fans of modern mythology and urban enchantment should certainly pick this one up... you lovers of de Lint and Gaiman and poetry, give Catherynne Valente a try. It's a relatively short book, with more of a focus on the poetic thread than on an epic, well-spelled-out story-arc -- think of it as leaves from manuscripts rather than as a full-length fiction novel. Scant hours after the book had left my hands, I pressed it on another friend to borrow, so pleased with it was I.