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Bluegrass Symphony

4.44  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Bluegrass Symphony is the debut collection from a rising star in Australian genre fiction. Bluegrass Symphony deals with cowboys and fallow fields, shapeshifters and rednecks, superstitions and realities in harsh prairie country-and a whole bunch of other things thrown in the mix. In her introduction, Ann Vandermeer writes, "These stories are about more than people just tr ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published August 31st 2011 by Ticonderoga Publications (first published August 2011)
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Mary Victoria
Oct 10, 2011 Mary Victoria rated it it was amazing
This book tickled me in so many ways. It's imaginative, well-written, fearless. Yes, fearless - this is a book which doesn't give a hillbilly rat's tail dipped in bourbon whether you like it or not. It's too cool for that! Don't appreciate the dialects? Go pick a daisy. Don't like the lush imagery? Go back to your middle grade reader. The rest of you, take the plunge and let these stories enchant you. You'll love this collection based in an old-South-that-never-was.

Seriously, it's tough doing wh
Alan Baxter
Nov 26, 2011 Alan Baxter rated it it was amazing
This is the debut collection from Canadian-born Australian writer Lisa L Hannett. It’s an outstanding achievement. A selection of tales of magic, darkness, intrigue, mystery. Hannett’s style is clear throughout, even though the stories cover very different ground. There’s a brilliant vampire story here that’s worth the cover price alone. Seriously, if you thought vampire stories had been done to death, buy this book and read From the Teeth of Strange Children. There isn’t a bad story in this boo ...more
Dave Versace
Dec 03, 2012 Dave Versace rated it it was amazing
Bluegrass Symphony is a collection of twelve short stories by Lisa L. Hannett, published by Ticonderoga Press. Though an Australian writer, Hannett has set her stories in unspecified parts of the US south. They are fantastic, exploring new takes on ghosts, vampires, werewolves and other things in a voice that seems (to my untrained ear) authentically Southern Gothic. These are beautiful stories, even the ugly ones - and a few of them are very dark indeed. In particular the chilling and repulsive ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Lately I've become a bit addicted to short fiction and have been on the lookout for anthologies and collections containing the kind of offbeat, lyrically written speculative fiction that I tend to enjoy. As I really enjoyed the Lisa L. Hannett stories I read in The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror and have heard great things about her other stories I thought I might give her debut collection a try.

I think I'll try something different this time and rate and comment on each story as I go.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)

Katharine is a judge for the Aurealis Awards. This review is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team.

To be safe, I won't be recording my review here until after the AA are over.

Bluegrass Symphony is a collection of shorts by Lisa Hannett, an eclectic mix of horror, fantasy, magic realism and twists on known fairy tales. There are a dozen short stories on offer and
Martin Livings
Dec 27, 2012 Martin Livings rated it really liked it
Bluegrass Symphony by Lisa L. Hannett is a fantastic collection of stories, thematically (and geographically) linked but otherwise unrelated. What I love about Lisa's work is that every story has a purpose, a meaning; there are no throwaway stories here. If only I could claim the same! It's hard to pick favourites from this book (and it should be noted that all bar one of the stories is original to the collection, which is an incredibly rare thing!), but if a gun was put to my head, I'd say "Dow ...more
Kirstyn McDermott
Apr 03, 2012 Kirstyn McDermott rated it it was amazing
An absolutely brilliant collection of short stories, made even more impressive by the fact that it is Hannett's debut publication in book form. The stories are unified in tone, theme and setting, and all bar one are original to the collection -- quite a rarity to see these days -- and the writing itself is simply superb. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Easily in my top five reads for 2011.

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J Wrin
Dec 15, 2013 J Wrin rated it really liked it
A bounty of weird and twisted tales, drawn from a fertile imagination Some interesting updates on classic horror themes whiles others were fresh and new. I found the overall tone a little harsh and brooding for my taste but then we're all different. My personal favourite was All the Little Shining Things which appealed to me in its perverse strangeness. Perhaps I'm don't lack for harshness after all. All the tales were richly imagined and I could feel the immersion of the author in her work. I a ...more
Glenn Jones
Dec 03, 2015 Glenn Jones rated it really liked it
Really impressive word weaving makes you feel you were actually there. But when the subject matter is this dark, I'd rather not be there thanks.
Absolutely loved the wordsmith talent displayed, though the stories are not my preferred genre, I actually would put the book down for a couple of weeks between each story. What kept me coming back was the talented crafting of the stories, not the content.

So how to rate, for quality 10/10, for enjoyment 6/10, lets roll with 8/10 but tip my hat to talent
Helen Marshall
Nov 15, 2012 Helen Marshall rated it it was amazing
Lisa Hannett is a master of voice--her prose sings on the page, and the images in this story are both haunting and evocative. Minotaurs and oracles, faery moths and stick wives. This is the kind of book that makes you think about Robert Leroy Johnson and just what Hannett might have buried at the crossroads to get this good.
Oct 25, 2011 Andy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: collection, 2011
There were only two stories in this collection that didn't blow me away, and even those were quite good. Stunning stories set in Australia, but you can just as easily imagine them in the American South or most any rural setting. Elements of the fantastic are certainly present and used in fresh, original ways. Very strong writing.
Nov 12, 2012 Margaret rated it liked it
Brilliant, but too creepy and dark for me to finish.
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Jason Fischer
Dec 03, 2011 Jason Fischer rated it it was amazing
Lisa L Hannet is the southern-fried bastard child of Joe R Lansdale and Margo Lanagan. A seriously good collection, hopefully the first of many books from this ascendant new talent.
Hard to rate...stories had interesting ideas but didn't always land for me...
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Lisa's stories have appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, Weird Tales, ChiZine, Shimmer and Ann & Jeff VanderMeer’s Steampunk Reloaded, among other places. Her work has won three Aurealis Awards, and has appeared on Locus’s Recommended Reading List as well as in The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror (2010, 2011, 2012), and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Ficti ...more
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