If you’ve been paying attention (pop quiz later! kidding, kidding.), you know I’m a devoted fan of Patricia McKillip. She of Alphabet of Thorn, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, The Bell at Sealey Head and The Bards of Bone Plain, to name a few that I’ve reviewed here. Each of her books has its own charm, but the threads of enchantment and dream-like prose guarantee that I keep coming back for more fantastical writing. On another note, I’ve also developed a love for the short story form as I’ve gotten older (and have shorter stretches of time free to spend immersed in books). This upcoming title combines the best of both loves in one package: short stories by Patricia McKillip. I may die of happiness. Wonders of the Invisible World will be published by Tachyon Publications, and releases on October 1st, 2012.
Stylistically rooted in fairy tale and mythology, imperceptible landscapes are explored in these opulent stories from a beloved fantasy icon. There are princesses dancing with dead suitors, a knight in love with an official of exotic lineage, and fortune’s fool stealing into the present instead of the future. In one mesmerizing tale, a time-traveling angel is forbidden to intervene in Cotton Mather’s religious ravings, while another narrative finds a wizard seduced in his youth by the Faerie Queen and returning the treasure that is rightfully hers. Bewitching, bittersweet, and deeply intoxicating, this collection draws elements from the fables of history and re-creates them in startlingly magical ways.
What books are you waiting on?