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Vacui Magia: Stories Paperback – March 16, 2016
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"I can say without hesitation, reservation or exception that this is a collection full of brilliantly written and powerfully affecting stories, each of which profoundly impressed me in different ways ... Johnson’s Vacui Magia is a book that never goes quietly, and it is wonderful for it." - The Future Fire Reviews--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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One of my favorite stories was the first one: “Little Men with Knives”. A school cafeteria worker leaves food out for the dwarfs so they’ll clean and arrange her house all neatly. If she ever forgets, they play tricks on her. In this one we see what happens when she starts to realize that maybe the little guys could do more than housework.
There’s a tale of conjuring and golem-creation which is incredibly absorbing. There’s a situation in which a creature has split itself in two, the better to feel and understand the universe. Unfortunately that split is having some side effects. Another tale about a woman who received a disturbing injury keeps things quite creepy.
A tale of grape vines on tainted land, and what’s happened to the woman who used to keep the land whole and fertile. Now it’s said she had congress with some sort of devil, and brought ruin down upon them.
Vengeance, sorrow, curiosity, guilt–Vacui Magia is a heady mix of dark tales with moments of wonder.
NOTE: Free book provided by publisher in return for honest review
A collection of short stories, Vacui Magia, explores myth and nightmare in a fantasy sense.
In “Little Men with Knives,” a bored cafeteria lady that is “too old to work and too poor to quit” finds solace and envy in little dwarves that appear at night. “Like stray cats. Stray cats that do housework. My craziness in a nutshell…As nasty as they are, I doubt any of them lie away at night, hating the present, terrified of the future. I doubt they’re afraid of anything at all.” (14) I related to this character the most!
Simple and witty, these stories are uniquely relatable, written in a mix between fiction and haiku. Stories were compelling, for the most part, but they were also riddled with confusion, perplexing the reader. They almost put you in the Twilight Zone. Weird, yet oddly compelling. Of course, once you get into this confused state and the details are strained with lengthiness, it becomes quite weary.
Nonetheless, these stories were interesting for the most part. Fantastically creepy cover though.
A couple stories in the the middle had endings that made me scratch my head, but I think that's on me, not the author. The rest left me breathless, and they all seemed to be saying SOMETHING (even if, like those two, I didn't know what that something was). My favorite was "The Pursuit of the Whole Is Called Love." I love seeing humanity in alien creatures, and she makes their existence believable... yet sad, of course.
I'm super picky about rereading authors. I turn my nose up at classics regularly. But if L.S. Johnson has written something, I want to read it.
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