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Map of Dreams

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  104 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Set in a reality where nightmares do not fade upon waking, this anthology skims along the surface of life and dips just beneath, revealing the hidden machinations that fuel dreams. These underlying myths and fantasies exist not as musty old stories but as ancient truths that have come to illuminate the modern human condition. The title story touches on themes of grief, red ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published October 28th 2006 by Golden Gryphon Press (first published October 1st 2006)
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Sofia Samatar
Mar 23, 2012 Sofia Samatar rated it it was amazing
In this book, there is a perfect story. It's called "Cold Fires." It's about a couple stuck indoors together on a bitterly cold night. The weather's so bad that cars won't start and the power lines are frozen, so what can they do? "They decided to tell stories, the sort of stories that only the cold and the fire, the wind and the silent dark combined could make them tell."

The woman begins. "I grew up on an island." She tells a story of witches and strawberries, a story that makes her look strang
Aug 11, 2007 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is not a happy, joyous book. Despite the fantasy elements, the stories show all the different facets of the suffering of life that I don't see much outside of Raymond Carver's collections. Except that the pain of the characters isn't hidden under even a thin veneer.

But the stories aren't devoid of hope, unless you're talking about optimistic, feel-good, against-the-odds kind of hope. The collection seems more about the kind you find in real life, that of scarred people who find their hope
This is one of my favorite short story collections! It is full of beautiful stories looking at real life weaved with dark magical threads.

I actually almost put this book down within the first 50 or so pages, which would have been a complete shame and loss. SO if you are on the first story (which is the title story and more of a novella) power through because the rest of the collection is full of gems!

Not to say that the first story is dull. It is well written and at first totally gripped me but
Mar 07, 2017 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
The initial story is so convoluted and confusing (and long) that I thought I hated this book but the rest of the stories are hauntingly beautiful, moving and memorable. The writing is superb. Many of the stories explore devastating loss and elements of rebirth and are deeply feminine in many ways. I imagine that everyone will relate to the loss differently but it is an journey into the surreal well worth taking, both disturbing and somehow deeply nourishing. The stories are quite beautiful and c ...more
Eleanor Toland
Map of Dreams is a collection comprising a novella (also titled Map of Dreams and a series of interlinked short stories of a fantasy nature. The book has no less than two introductions (one of which is written by the novella's main character) and an afterword. I didn't think the ephemera was justified. I generally don't care for introductions unless they reveal some vital historical/social context. Christopher Barzak's essentially boiled down to "Mary Rickert is a really nice person", which whil ...more
Nov 23, 2015 Eastendleo rated it it was amazing
It was amazing:

My first exposure to M. Rickert was her novel 'The Memory Garden.' And, like the novel, this book of short stories highlights her command of language, character and story. She is simply wonderful at story telling. I was glad to realize she is as adept at immersing a reader quickly in a short story as she was with her first book.

These are stories of death, madness and the destruction of the body and soul. I read the book over the course of only a few days and I don't think that app
Feb 12, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it
(9/10) This one is hard to get your hands on, but definitely worth it. M. Rickert is a master on the micro level, stringing together perfect sentences that reverberate with mythological clarity. Her stories are often folkloric, and frequently question the divide between fantasy and insanity.

Rickert's attempts at longer narratives don't quite work as well -- the titular novella is full of excellent moments but fetishizes Aboriginal culture to an unfortunate extent, and the other long story toward
Oct 19, 2007 Haddayr rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure here: I LOVE M. RICKERT. She is a personal friend.

That said, this book is brilliant and I'd say it even if I hadn't read it. She is truly a genius with the short story. It's such a joy to read someone who takes short stories in and of themselves so seriously.

Also, her stories can be extremely creepy. Not in a blood-n-guts way, but in an OMG people-can-be-awful-including me kind of way. You've been warned!
Theo Logos
Oct 21, 2012 Theo Logos rated it liked it
Shelves: short-fiction
Outstanding writing, but the mood and tone of the stories just were not to my taste. It was recommended to me as speculative fiction, but was much closer to magical realism. The author is obviously quite skillful, and it is only a matter of personal taste that keeps me from giving this one a higher rating.
Beautiful, strange stories.
Jul 24, 2011 Lesley marked it as gave-up
Haven't actually finished, but putting on one side to see if I return to it. It's been lingering on rather.
Feb 11, 2011 Claudiu rated it it was amazing
Some stories I liked, some I really loved. A new favorite author.
Magical realist short stories with a starting and ending story about a young girl that dies, as well as themes about dreams and eggs. I really liked it.
Gregory Frost
Dec 24, 2011 Gregory Frost rated it it was amazing
Wonderful work as always from M. Rickert.
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M. Rickert also writes under the name Mary Rickert. How did this happen and why, you might ask. It is a reasonable question but that does not mean the answer is reasonable as well. There was a time when M. was a young writer, scribbling in notebooks and on the back of envelopes, who thought she wanted to disappear behind the stories she wrote. (She still feels that way, and rather enjoys writing a ...more
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