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Errantry: Strange Stories Paperback – November 13, 2012
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It's probably not a coincidence that the same painting graces the cover of the book, because that quote is a perfect way to encapsulate the atmosphere of many of the "Strange Stories" in Errantry. The magic in Elizabeth Hand's short fiction can usually be found at its edges, just slightly out of reach. It's there for a moment, but it's hard to see without squinting. If you blink, it might be gone--but you'd never lose the sense that it's still there, pushing in on reality from the outside.
These are stories of the overwhelmingly mystical breaking into our world in small, almost unnoticeable ways, seen from the point of view of the few people who get to witness those minor intrusions and who then have to try and process their meanings. The subtlety is deceptive: there's something huge going on, but it's as if we and these characters are peeking at it through a keyhole, only seeing a small glimpse of what's on the other side and only being hit by a small portion of the light it sheds. The suggestion that that door may open further is only part of what gives these stories their "slightly sinister" atmosphere.
The nature of Elizabeth Hand's characters contributes to that edge. The people who experience those vague, confusing hints of magic are usually slightly broken individuals, often coping with a major change of life or about to experience one.Read more ›
The stories range from whimsical to dark, but all are written in her distinctive style. Most contain elements of the unexplained, and Hand is unapologetic about leaving it that way. She wields language the way a surgeon uses a scalpel, carving details with words to make an ultimately unsettling but satisfying whole. Recommended for fans of her work and for fans of short fiction.
Hand's stories are the perfect snowy, Sunday reading when you want to analyze, dissect, and visualize every word.
As a result of this collection of short stories, I went out and bought more books written by Elizabeth Hand.
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Strange stories? Certainly these are that, partaking of the character of both conventional ghost and horror stories, with an admixture of science fiction/fantasy fiction, without... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gus Thomas
I had to choose a collection of short stories to read for a Mass Communications course, and this one sounded interesting so I chose it! These were good reads! Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by Goodall
Good as this one is, and it is very, very good, it still does not rise to the heights of Hand's MORTAL LOVE. Beg, borrow or steal it.Published on October 11, 2013 by Peggy
What a great writer she is! The very first story will show you her skills & how well she can craft a tale. I've bought all of her book since reading this collection.Published on September 14, 2013 by doninco
I started my acquaintance with Ms. Hand with her first novel, Winterlong. I fell out of touch with her in the years in between, but what a wonderful work to come back to! Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by S. S. Musial
Ok, but not that exciting. Definitely don't see what all the buzz is about. Some stories definitely better than others.Published on January 31, 2013 by Greg Keith