Starlings

Jo Walton


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Publisher: Tachyon Publications
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Synopsis:

“Exquisitely written feats of imagination, each one leaving an impression long after it’s done.”—Kelley Armstrong, bestselling author of Rituals. In this intimate first collection from award-winning novelist Jo Walton (Among Others, The King’s Peace, Necessity) are captivating glimpses of her subtle myths and wholly reinvented realities. An ancient Eritrean coin uncovers the secrets of lovers and thieves. The magic mirror sees all but can do almost nothing. A search engine logically proceeds dow...

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Alicia's notes:

Jo Walton's Starling is a whimsical collection of short stories. You can find fairy tales, sci-fi, magical realism, satire, mythology, exercises and poems. All these stories are imbued with fantasy and a wonderful writing style that carries you effortlessly from one page to the next. Each story is a world of their own. Their style, tone, narrative and POV also changes from story to story but they are all similar in that they posses an enchanting "out of this world" feeling to them. Some stories felt perfect as is, while others left me wishing there was more. At the end of each one, an afterword is included telling us about her inspiration or purpose on writing each piece and information about previous publications. ( you can check my favorite stories at my goodreads review or my blog) After reading more short stories and anthologies, I have come to love more this book. <3 cant wait to read more stuff by Jo Walton, keep in mind this is not for the super light readers who don't venture much outside the YA romance realm. But if you are into nicely written stories and sci-fi style of literature, you can find this one a great addition to your bookshelf ;)



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Alicia

Jo Walton's Starling is a whimsical collection of short stories. You can find fairy tales, sci-fi, magical realism, satire, mythology, exercises and poems. All these stories are imbued with fantasy and a wonderful writing style that carries you effortlessly from one page to the next. Each story is a world of their own. Their style, tone, narrative and POV also changes from story to story but they are all similar in that they posses an enchanting "out of this world" feeling to them. Some stories felt perfect as is, while others left me wishing there was more. At the end of each one, an afterword is included telling us about her inspiration or purpose on writing each piece and information about previous publications. ( you can check my favorite stories at my goodreads review or my blog) After reading more short stories and anthologies, I have come to love more this book. <3 cant wait to read more stuff by Jo Walton, keep in mind this is not for the super light readers who don't venture much outside the YA romance realm. But if you are into nicely written stories and sci-fi style of literature, you can find this one a great addition to your bookshelf ;)

   
   

Bookaxe Characteristics for Starlings

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas

Outlook:

Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic

Explicitness:

No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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