Clockwork phoenix : tales of beauty and strangeness

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Penn Hills Library Fantasy CLO FAN
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Fantasy
 
Call Number  CLO FAN
 
 
Summary
You hold in your hands a cornucopia of modern cutting-edge fantasy.

The first volume of this extraordinary new annual anthology series of fantastic literature explodes on the scene with works that sidestep expectations in beautiful and unsettling ways, that surprise with their settings and startle with the manner in which they cross genre boundaries, that aren't afraid to experiment with storytelling techniques, and yet seamlessly blend form with meaningful function. The delectable offerings found within these pages come from some of today's most distinguished contemporary fantasists and brilliant rising newcomers.

Whether it's a touch of literary erudition, playful whimsy, extravagant style, or mind-blowing philosophical speculation and insight, the reader will be led into unfamiliar territory, there to find shock and delight.

Introducing CLOCKWORK PHOENIX.

"Author and editor Allen ( Mythic ) has compiled a neatly packaged set of short stories that flow cleverly and seamlessly from one inspiration to another.... Lush descriptions and exotic imagery startle, engross, chill and electrify the reader, and all 19 stories have a strong and delicious taste of weird."
-- Publishers Weekly

Contents
Introduction / Mike Allen
The city of blind delight / Catherynne M. Valente
Old Foss is the name of his cat / David Sandner
All the little gods we are / John Grant
The Dew Drop Coffee Lounge / Cat Rambo
Bell, book, and candle / Leah Bobet
The tarrying messenger / Michael J. DeLuca
The occultation / Laird Barron
There is a monster under Helen's bed / Ekaterina Sedia
Palisade / Cat Sparks
The woman / Tanith Lee
A mask of flesh / Marie Brennan
Seven scenes from Harrai's Sacred mountain / Jennifer Crow
Oblivion: a journey / Vandana Singh
Choosers of the slain / John C. Wright
Akhila, divided / C.S. MacCath
The moon-keeper's friend / Joanna Galbraith
The tailor of time / Deborah Biancotti
Root and vein / Erin Hoffman.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "With a balance of new names and established authors, the third Clockwork Phoenix installment collects some magnificent interpretations of fantastic ideas. The Gospel of Nachash opens, Marie Brennan's haunting tale of the beginning of time, and a very interesting reinterpretation of a gospel it is, too. Tanith Lee's Fold is a story of a man who wrote love letters to the people he saw passing beneath his window, and only left his apartment once. Gemma Files' Hell Friend is really a heart-warming ghost story; Georgina Bruce's Crow Voodoo is an unnerving take on something common to fairy tales; and Gregory Frost's Lucyna's Gaze starts off sweet, and grows more awful with every revealed detail. Clockwork Phoenix delivers on its promise of both beauty and strangeness, and adds in some fright and a few new ways of looking at old tropes. All in all, it's a very successful collection of thematically similar, but wildly varied in subject, works.--Schroeder, Regina Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Author and editor Allen (Mythic) has compiled a neatly packaged set of short stories that flow cleverly and seamlessly from one inspiration to another. In The City of Blind Delight by Catherynne M. Valente, a man inadvertently ends up on a train that takes him to an inescapable city of extraordinary wonders. In All the Little Gods We Are, Hugo winner John Grant takes a mind trip to possible parallel universes. Modern topics make an appearance among the whimsy and strangeness: Ekaterina Sedia delves into the misunderstandings that occur between cultures and languages in There Is a Monster Under Helen's Bed, while Tanith Lee gleefully skewers gender politics with The Woman, giving the reader a glimpse of what might happen if there was only one fertile woman left in a world of men. Lush descriptions and exotic imagery startle, engross, chill and electrify the reader, and all 19 stories have a strong and delicious taste of weird. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Fantasy fiction.
Publisher Winnetka, CA :Norilana Books,2008
Edition 1st ed., Trade pbk. ed.
Contributors Allen, Mike.
Language English
Description 286 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781934169988
1934169986
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