- File Size: 892 KB
- Print Length: 338 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160701453X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Prime Books (August 31, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 31, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZRTAA8Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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#99,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #274 in Fantasy Anthologies
- #276 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store)
- #140 in Horror Anthologies (Books)
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I love the range of stories and ideas in this collection, and I think it is cool how they are grouped thematically. Apparently @tananarivedue can write well in any genre! I also really like how the author includes a short paragraph at the end of each story, explaining where her idea came from and what other anthology/publication it was first published in. They provide neat little insights into the germ of the stories and the mind of the author
I read this collection at a much slower pace than I normally read. I wanted to luxuriate in the prose and contemplate the larger truths underpinning each tale. And I just didn’t want the book to end. Due’s ideas, plots, and characters are fantastic on their own, but what puts this collection above and beyond others like it is the writing style. Gorgeous descriptions, metaphors, and characterization. An easy intertwining of tense, heart-pounding adrenaline and quiet lamentation. I think her husband, who wrote the afterword, puts it best when he says her stories, beyond just the basics of storytelling, include the language of poetry. It’s what is happening in between the lines that really leaves an impact.
It’s not just that she’s writing plots, characters, and circumstances that we can relate to or see in our own lives, but that she’s trying to find the deeper meaning in them. And by offering us a wide range of perspectives, such as “the crying child, the departing lover, the discontented customer, the senile grandparent who used to be so alive and wise” we are able to understand life, love, and loss in a variety of ways. These facets, occasionally brazen but often subtle, make up the numerous facets of our world. The fact that Due can put all of that together so effortlessly and so achingly real makes it pure magic!