- File Size: 823 KB
- Print Length: 48 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (April 6, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 6, 2016
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BBX5WKW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Freedom is Space for the Spirit: A Tor.Com Original Kindle Edition
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Certain sections were clearly intended to evoke strong emotions in the reader, but that never fully happened, because the narrative held me at arm's length. The pervasive use of unfinished thoughts and dialogue phrases felt awkward and distracting. It muddied the waters of an already murky plot.
And yet, for all that, there was something haunting about the images of starving mouthless bears wandering a modern Russian city. Certain passages of this story had a poetry that elevated it from being too desolate and opaque. The author certainly has talent and vision.
Freedom is Space for the Spirit is far from horror, more fantasy than anything, but it is definitely one of my favorite reads so far this year.
After receiving a telegram, calling him back to Russia, Thomas returns to the place of his youth, a place of so many memories, so many friends left behind. "The names chimed in Thomas like bells rung for the dead, even though he had no reason to think any of them had died. They just stopped being who they were, same as he had. Grown up, given in, gotten married, gotten tired, gotten sane."
Called back to St Petersburg by his former friend and mentor, what Thomas finds is far from anything he expected. Free bears. free as in roaming the streets, riding on buses, left to wander, they had become a part of the landscape. What does it all mean? For me, it means an extremely enjoyable read.
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Glen Hirshberg has won three International Horror Guild Awards (including two for Outstanding Collection), and his novella, The Janus Tree, won the inaugural Shirley Jackson Award in 2008. He also has been a Bram Stoker Award finalist and a five-time World Fantasy Award finalist. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, son, daughter, and cats.