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Yellowcake brings together ten short stories from the extraordinarily talented Margo Lanagan--each of them fiercely original and quietly heartbreaking.

The stories range from fantasy and fairy tale to horror and stark reality, and yet what pervades is the sense of humanity. The people of Lanagan's worlds face trials, temptations, and degradations. They swoon and suffer and...more
Library Binding, 240 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 2011)
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Heidi
As a short story reader, it was a bit of a surprise that I didn’t pick up a Margo Lanagan short until after I’d polished off her two novels, though now that I have I fear the flood gates have opened. As with her larger works, I must emphatically state that Lanagan’s work is not for every reader, but there is just something about her twisted world view that keeps drawing me in. Her mind works in short stories. With Tender Morsels I became overwhelmed with the story and emotions, unable to disconn...more
Anthony Eaton
*Sigh*

I wish I could write short stories like Margo Lanagan. Or at all, really.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advance copy of 'Yellowcake' - and I've spent the last week or so, on and off, just dipping into and out of this, her most recent collection of short stories.

Lanagan has, for a long time now, been one of my favourite practitioners of this particular writing craft; a combination of her imaginative use of language, her vivid and left-of-centre ideas, and her capacity to say so m...more
Miss
man i was really hoping to be more into this collection than i was

like i loved her previous sets of short stories? especially white time, that was my jam. so when i saw yellowcake was coming out i pretty much threw a party and ordered it as fast as my fingers could type

idk, most of these stories felt pretty weaksauce. like the summary sells it as 'strange disturbing weirdness! good times!!!!' and i read it and it just wasn't weird enough? if you're going to sell me a collection on the basis of '...more
Cynthia
Lanagan's stories have a startling originality, in fact they are so fresh that a few of the them were confusing (The Point of Roses) but the best of them (Night of the Firstlings and Ferryman). These last two started obscurely and the truth was slowly doled out. Many of the stories were based in part on legends or received tales that Lanagan reworks to make them new.

Since this collection is designated as Young Adult I kept trying to imagine how they would read to the designated over twelve audie...more
Steph Su
Quick—someone teach me how to review a short story collection. I’m afraid I didn’t take notes on individual stories as I read this, so just a few words on the collection as a whole.

The book’s afterword explains not only Lanagan’s inspiration for each of these stories, which I found interesting to read, but also that the majority of these stories have been previously published elsewhere. If you’ve been a dedicated YA short story anthology reader, particularly of the SFF kind, then you may have re...more
Amanda
Beautiful cover, dull collection. I didn't mind that it proclaimed itself as "beyond the perimeters of normal" as the inside jacket states (after all, strange can turn out to be divine), but I honestly got the impression that the stories themselves were just odd for the sake of being odd and served no real purpose. There was more than one that I simply did not understand, and honestly the stories themselves often weren't even interesting enough for me to care to figure them out. I've read that M...more
KWinks
Hmm. Normally, opening up a book by Margo Lanagan is like dipping your toes into a cool spring laced with diamonds, rubies, and broken doll parts. Beautiful and strange. Yet refreshing. This collection did not impact me the way her other works have, and I am sad. Maybe it's me...it's probably me. I didn't "get" most of the stories in the collection. In fact, I had already begun my research online in order to understand two of them, when I discovered the author's "where these stories started" bit...more
kate.o.d
the stories cased within this beautiful cover are not simple tales to read and flippantly comment on. they are convoluted and mysterious, beautiful and twistedly grotesque.

heads remains looming in my mind, the story in which a golden haired boy portrays innocence and busyness and a sense of purpose in a horrible world where something awful has happened and he's not sure why.

also ferryman, which broke my heart with its light and loving banter between father and daughter ("scowling sarah") combi...more
Kim Graff
More of my reviews can be fond on YA Asylum

I don't know what to say about this book, really. I got this eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. And an honest review I will give.

It's whimsical (very, sometimes to the point that it loses me) and very different from anything I've ever read. I got into short story collections after reading, The Curiosities and loved that. So I was sad to discover I didn't enjoy this as much. I'll point out a few of the short stories, just to explai...more
Tij
Yellowcake was a very odd book. I found the stories really strange and had to force myself to finish it and was relieved because I didn't have to read it anymore. The endings of the short stories and the overall plots of them were hard to follow (for me anyway). The strangest one was 'heads' which from what I gathered was about a boy who measured the circumference of dead people's heads!
There was only one story out of the ten that I kind of liked but was still a bit odd 'the golden shroud' which...more
Rhea
May 11, 2013 Rhea marked it as to-read-slowly  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: can-t-wait
Another collection by Margo Lanagan? Awesome, I can't wait! Sign me up!
Amy
I was really looking forward to this. Modern fairy-tale-like stories; magic realism; poetic language.

This made me want to claw my eyes out, and I actually didn't finish the very last story. I came close and realized life was too short for bad writing.

OK, that's harsh. I don't know that it was "bad," per se. It might be SOME people's cup of tea. It just wasn't MINE.

Two of the stories actually have stuck with me, a couple weeks later, enough that I can bring them to mind...so I guess those two we...more
Hallie
I'm still looking for the magic I felt when I read Lanagan's Black Juice -- "Singing My Sister Down" still haunts me -- and there's some of it here, but not as much as I'd hoped for. That said, I love short stories, I love magical realism, I love the creativity she employs in her use of language -- just enough off to be unsettling -- words like "deeperly" and "wonderfullest" and "uprushing." Lanagan deals in the weird, in that word's older, more sacred sense. I don't know that I would hand this...more
Shradha
It seems the more I read Margo Lanagan's works, the less I like them. The magic she spun in "Black Juice" is not apparent in either "Red Spikes" or her most recent collection of stories, "Yellowcake".

Normally Lanagan manages to spin a world of her own, separate from any other. While she still managed to succeed in this regard, the realms created were incomprehensible and so confusing that I was still not sure what was going on, even after rereading the story the third or fourth time. As for tho...more
Wes Young
Complete and total whack-a-doo! The writing was good, but not overwhelming. What was overwhelming was the total bananapantz-ness of the stories. I like Donald Barthleme more than the next man, but when the story is so confusing that I can't figure out what is going on 8 pages into a 20 page story, that's not economical, that is, as I said before, bananapantz (and yes, it does get the "z").
Meg
Margo Lanagan's ingenuity as a writer never ceases to startle and delight me. She is my favourite writer of the short story, and this is another brilliant collection of her work.
This book will sit on my shelf alongside Black Juice, White Time, Red Spikes (short story collections), as well as two of her fantasy novels, Tender Morsels and Sea Hearts/The Brides of Rollrock Island.
Tina
I wanted to like this book so badly. I love short stories and the second one in the book is based on fairy tales -- my favourite! And yet After I read the first two stories I put the book aside with a sigh, knowing that I had no interest in reading beyond that point. If I couldn't enjoy a story of Rapunzel reworked, I wasn't going to like any of it. It's sad, I wanted to love this.
Josh Petersen
I found this to be pretentious, unappealing, and baffling (in a bad way). I don't think this a major enough contender to struggle through it any longer.
Sofia Samatar
More Margo Lanagan awesomeness. I reviewed it for Strange Horizons here: http://www.strangehorizons.com/review....
Sarah Mayor Cox
Dying to read it because Black Juice is my fav. short story collection of ALL time!!!
Bonnie
Quite a strange collection of stories...
BAYA Librarian
A collection of 10 previously published stories by the acclaimed author of The Brides of Rollrock Island and Tender Morsels that explores the enchanted world of fractured fairy tales, refashioned folklore, and reinvented mythologies that explore human folly, blessings and curses, and prophecies. In “The Point of Roses,” the hidden meaning of cherished objects is revealed in an awe-inspiring attack on the senses; in “The Golden Shroud,” Rapunzel’s shorn locks and her beloved prince take vengeance...more
YA Reads Book Reviews
When I first received Yellowcake in the mail the first thing I saw was the cover (duh). I thought it was so pretty, very bright and quite unique….then I saw the author’s name and I dropped the book like a hot potato and ran away to hide.

Now you’re probably wondering, “What did poor Margo Lanagan ever do to you??”. Well, nothing really, but quite recently I read her multi award winning novel, Tender Morsels and basically….I found it quite disturbing. That experience indicated two things – that Ma...more
Bookworm1858
Source: Received an ARC through Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review.

I have been very interested in short stories lately so I was thrilled to see another collection available for review. I wasn't very sure about what to expect as I hadn't really noticed any other reviews. To be perfectly blunt: this book was weird. There were a few stories I really liked but most of them went way past me and were super uncomfortable (like the one from the point of view of a rapist) or just plain confusin...more
Larissa
The smell of a rose brings back a lost past; golden strands lead a prince to rescue his lover; two sisters are given an icy reception; a mother ascends to angelic status in front of her sons eyes; a daughter takes over the family business; a boy will discover the brutally in the workplace. This is just a taste of some of the tales that are waiting to be consumed within this delicious book.

This offering of short stories is an interesting mix of something's sweet, something's sour and other things...more
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Almost everyone loves cake, but this is a completely different kind of slice!

Yellowcake, almost everyone I know loves cake, am I right? Well with this particular anthology I would have to say it will really only appeal to a certain slice of people. Those that don’t mind their fiction being disjointed, vague, obscure and dare I say…odd. While I enjoyed it, I honestly don’t know of anyone that I would recommend it to. It was just that strange. Literally it felt like it was all over the field. One...more
Julie
This is a collection of short stories. And usually I wouldn't mark a book read if I hadn't read it all, but I've really slacked off on reading and I need to give myself credit for something!

I started and did not finish Catastrophic Disruption of the Head and Eyelids of the Dawn, because they were too confusing and didn't hook me and that first one was also looong.

The other stories were good. Turns out I'd read one already in The Starry Rift. Which was surprising to me, because it's not like I re...more
Franny
(My reviews are intended for my own info as a language arts teacher: they serve as notes and reflections for teaching and recommending to students. Therefore, spoilers may be present, but will be hidden.)



Hmmm, how to describe Margo Lanagan's writing? Quirky, beguiling, confusing, harsh, clever, humorous, stunning, zany. With Lanagan, there is beauty in the simplicity, universality in the complexity. I have not read anything like the works of Lanagan. Another thing about her writing is that I thi...more
Ed
Lanagan, M. (2013). Yellowcake stories. New York: Random House/Knopf. 225 pp. ISBN: 978-0-375-86920-4. (Hardcover); $16.99.

Many folks routinely tell me that Margo Lanagan’s books are for adults—precisely why I like to recommend them to students and high school teachers! Ever since Black Juice burst onto the scene, winning a Printz Honor and teaching people like me new ways to consider elephants (among other things), I have relished each new collection of short stories and each new novel. Yellowc...more
Kate Beeden
I sometimes struggle with short stories, especially when they feel rushed or lack a solid conclusion. The other downfall is that it is hard to build up an empathy for a character in so few words, much moreso than in a full length novel.

Yellow Cake is a diverse collection of short stories, magical and other worldly in both style and content. There are ten stories in all, mostly 15-30 pages each in length. I must admit that some of the stories in this collection were not to my taste, although in a...more
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Margo Lanagan, born in Waratah, New South Wales, is an Australian writer of short stories and young adult fiction.

Many of her books, including YA fiction, were only published in Australia. Recently, several of her books have attracted worldwide attention. Her short story collection Black Juice won two World Fantasy Awards. It was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin and the United Kingdom b...more
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