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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Feb 28, Micha rated it it was amazing Shelves: The librarian in the small town I grew up is a witch. She had a magic ability to know exactly the book that I needed to read even when I didn't know how to begin asking for it.

Going through a transitional period where I was shedding the fantasy novels of my youth with no idea of what to read, this came along.


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A mix of high and low Gothic fantasy that has stuck with me ever since, even if I had to return this book to the library. I'm searching for a copy of my own now, because this book needs a The librarian in the small town I grew up is a witch. I'm searching for a copy of my own now, because this book needs a place on my shelf. This is the book that introduced me to the writing of George Macdonald, who remains a curious interest of mine.

The story "Cross-Purposes" continues to influence my writing. May 11, Susan rated it it was amazing.

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An absolutely wonderful collection of 16 gothic fantasy stories. Includes story from well known masters of the genre such as H. Contains a well written introduction to the genre helping the reader to understand the differance between high and low fantasy and the process used to seek out the selections for the book. Each author chosen has a mini biography before their story giving the reader a bit of the authors background, other works and the reason why their selected An absolutely wonderful collection of 16 gothic fantasy stories.

Each author chosen has a mini biography before their story giving the reader a bit of the authors background, other works and the reason why their selected story fits into this collection. A perfect introduction for anyone entering into the genre or consider them self a well read gothic fantasy fan. Oct 05, Thomas rated it it was amazing. Excellent collection of stories! Viking rated it really liked it Nov 17, Maggie rated it liked it Aug 08, Grond rated it liked it Feb 05, Denny rated it really liked it Dec 06, Maggie rated it really liked it Jul 10, Teawench rated it it was ok Sep 11, Allison Coop rated it really liked it Nov 19, Marion Sipe rated it it was amazing Mar 15, Paul Darcy rated it really liked it Feb 22, Theo rated it really liked it Jun 24, Richard Gombert rated it really liked it Mar 27, Katherine rated it it was amazing Apr 26, Alec rated it really liked it Jul 27, Brett rated it liked it Apr 14, Jan 22, Carolyn rated it liked it.

Gothic fantasy tales from some of the masters. Emm - Stories for Ghouls rated it really liked it Apr 13, Rebecca rated it it was amazing Dec 10, Michael rated it it was amazing Jan 25, Ally Beaton rated it liked it May 01, Mar 18, jack added it Shelves: Richard rated it really liked it Aug 21, Michael marked it as to-read Aug 06, Tric added it Jan 26, Nux marked it as to-read May 30, Jennifer added it Jun 02, Richard added it Dec 15, Ga marked it as to-read Feb 28, John Kerry marked it as to-read Aug 30, Marcela Morales marked it as to-read Mar 11, To my surprise, there was not a lot of variation in quality from the earliest to the latest stories.

Although most stories had similar settings and similar characters, I never thought "oh, she's done this before" in reading a later story. It's probably better to dip into the collection and read a few at a time rather than try to finish it off in a couple of sittings, but the portrayal of realistic characters, rural Western Canada, and families is consistently skillful and engaging. The stories were firmly grounded in their Canadian setting, but explored universal themes and relationships.

Growing up stories about poor girls smart enough to get a scholarship to the local university which in Canada was not too local and escape backwardness and poverty of mid-century rural Canada, to become part of the intelligentsia.. The character portrayals are marvelous and the local color is, well, very local, character-building, perhaps, but to be escaped if possible.

I grew up in the same English-Scotch-Irish settler environment in the rural south of mid-twentieth century, and I knew the people.


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  • She has a marvelous talent to engage the reader, immediately and thoroughly. Truly, one of the masters of the American art form of the short story.

    I was told that Alive Munro writes excellent, not easily forgotten short stories. This writer has moved into first place as a short story writer. She understands human character more than writers like John Updike or John Cheever. Munro's knowledge of human nature is deep, shown by her telling details that reflect the goodness and the flaws of the ordinary folks she writes about.

    Each story is a world in itself, and I enjoy reading only one or two a week so I have time to think about them. I suggest folks in my age group retired will relate to her lucid writing and analyses of character and unique clear descriptions, but also the hurried, harried, speeded up generations will like the fast-read of a short story, much like the half-hour TV segment that wraps it all up in a short time. Short stories at one time were in most every periodical, but now we have to hunt them down.

    Helps but not necessary if you have some background in a rural setting as that area is the basis of her stories. They have no beginning and no end - just situations, conversations and personal encounters. You will enjoy this book. See all 98 reviews. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Selected Stories, Vintage International Paperback. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Paperback. Pages with related products. See and discover other items: There's a problem loading this menu right now.

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