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"New Myths of the Feminine Divine" is a collection of fourteen stories from the pen of accomplished author Cynthia Joyce Clay (author of "Zollocco" and "Romance of the Unicorn").
This book is worth purchasing and reading even if it contained only the wonderfully cogent Introduction, in which author Clay discusses the status (and meaning behind) the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and myth, from a perspective of gender identity. Beautifully written, and clearly thought-provoking, this is one "Introduction" that must not be skipped over or avoided!
Ms. Clay's view is that myth is transformative and depictive: that is, myth-including fantasy and science fiction-tell us, show us, illustrate for us, what happens when we evolve, when we mature, or conversely, when we regress. The point of myth is to bring us to an understanding of our nature and of our evolution as individuals (and species). Ms. Clay mentions that she writes what she would like to read, and I think this wise advice for any writer as well.
I think my favourite "myth" story in this collection is the incredibly beautiful "Crayon Tree." Words fail me to describe the impact of this story. Additional choices for me would be "The Rental," and "The Aurora Mask," and of course "The Icebox of Vengeance." Yet every story is a delight, every "myth" so worth the reading. My personal advice to readers of this collection is: don't rush, don't make haste. Sit with the book-read one story and one story only at a setting-then set the book gently aside (or close your Kindle) and think, ponder, meditate on what you have just read. Let the individual story speak to you first, before you try to speak back to it.
New Myths of the Feminine Divine
A woman led by her dreams goes to wake up Antigone.
Crayon Tree: ★★
All the vegetation on Earth has died. The Crayon Tree gives humans a second chance.
Pollution has wrecked the fairy city, Ilyanna. Only love may save them.
The Embroiderer: ★
The last surviving Fate decides to take on an apprentice.
When Soul Cals to Soul You Must Folow the River of Grass to Find the Fountain of Youth: ★★★
A cute story about soul mates.
The Rental: ★★★
An old school fairy tale about an estate agent & how her life changes when she tries to get a witch's cottage rented out.
The Aurora Mask: ★★
Denizens of a place where masks show you your true self lose their way.
The Demeter Project: ★★★
Through genetic manipulation, humans try to create Demeter!
For Every Moment: ★★★
A future where Time Travel becomes possible.
Where's Mercy: ★★★
How the ogresses turned vegetarian!
Io Copiano: ★★★
A Sorceress defeats an Enchanter.
The Spring Waters Dance: ★★★
The land needs the water from the springs & only a dancer can make it happen.
The Icebox of Vengeance: ★★★
Be nice to your fridge!
Bed Frame Riffs: ★★★
Talking beds, aliens & research grants!
A collection of stories that kept me interested and was fun to read. All the stories focused on at least one strong female character-there were researchers, dancers, swordswomen, deities, artists & sorceresses.
The worst of the stories were still okay, and several were great. My particular favorites were "The Aurora Mask", "For Every Moment", "Where's Mercy", "Io Copiano", "The Spring Water Dance", and "The Icebox of Vengeance" - which is exactly half of the stories. Add to that her introduction was well written and persuasive and I have to give it one of my rare 5-star ratings.