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Speaking in Tongues

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
An amazing roller coaster ride through the frontiers of the imagination from the author of the award-winning King of Morning, Queen of Day. Here are eleven previously uncollected tales filled with magic, humor, and the stunning realism that can surface only in the most well-conceived fantasies.
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Spectra
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Sep 29, 2010 Raj rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
I mostly enjoyed this collection of short stories. McDonald's lightness of touch and his eloquent use of language are present and correct but some of the playfulness of his other work is missing. Some of these stories are pretty dour, and some of them (probably) contain Meanings that I didn't fathom in the single reading that I gave them. Still, there are others here that do show the playful spark that keeps me coming back to McDonald, and his evocative use of language still made this a very enj ...more
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Aug 06, 2011 Nicholas Whyte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

As usual, it is full of McDonald's lush, dense, descriptive prose, taking us to various richly imagied environments (mostly near-future Earth, but not usually in the First World). The standout piece for me is "Toward Kilimanjaro", the prequel to Chaga / Evolution's Shore, but they are all great.
Nov 10, 2010 Henry rated it really liked it
Picked this up used for practically free; I haven't read McDonald's longer fiction. Best stories were: "Fragments of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria" and "Winning"
Jul 02, 2016 Craig rated it really liked it
These stories completely draw you in within the first few sentences and hold your complete attention throughout. Very enjoyable.
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Ian Neil McDonald was born in 1960 in Manchester, England, to an Irish mother and a Scottish father. He moved with his family to Northern Ireland in 1965. He used to live in a house built in the back garden of C. S. Lewis’s childhood home but has since moved to central Belfast, where he now lives, exploring interests like cats, contemplative religion, bonsai, bicycles, and comic-book collecting. H ...more
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