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Lips Touch: Three Times Paperback – October 1, 2011
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"Look beyond the title and cover art: Taylor's three novellas form a triptych of beautiful fantasy writing reminiscent of Charles de Lint and Neil Gaiman Di Bartolo, Taylor's husband, provides skillfully detailed pen-and-ink illustrations that are a fine match for the lyrical, romantic text." -- Booklist, starred review
"[D]electable language . . . In the midst of these goblins, fiery gods and demons, Taylor reminds readers what makes them human. Holly Black and Melissa Marr fans will find this collection ripe for the tasting." -- Kirkus Reviews
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I liked the first two stories well enough, but I have to admit that the third tale, "Hatchling" that simply blew me away. I already knew that Laini Taylor was a growing force with whom to be reckoned in this genre. Story telling is in her bones, that is clear to me. Here is a sample of her near poetic style of description. Note the economy of words that also supremely convey the changes this character, growing in pregnancy, is going through: "She was never hungry that autumn and she began to put on flesh, a little, so she was no longer sharp in the ribs and knees like a fawn. Her breasts grew. Her hips fluted out." (p. 190)
I am not going to try to summarize any of the plots, but will say that certain kisses play a transitional role in each tale.
If for no other reason than to appreciate the burgeoning skill of a new author, this book deserves your attention.
I give it my highest recommendation.
Each world and set of characters she builds in this set of stories is completely unforgettable. I laughed so many times in the first chapter, about the tick-ridden goats and the unapologetic smoking and the embarrassing relatives, always slaughtering animals at inopportune times. Then I shivered at the Druj and their chilling culture. And I reveled in the exotic-smelling culture of British-occupied India and its accompanying tale of souls traded and bartered.
An absolutely stunning collection of writing. I have no idea why it took me so long to read it.