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Salt of the Air

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
"You are familiar with the salt of the earth. But did you know there is an even finer, more delicate essence?" Take wisdom and imagination, responsibility and beauty, and mix them together in arcane proportions to form a rich and peculiar brine. The resulting "water of life" is an emotional muddy liquid, filled with existential sediment swirling in the light of secret real ...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published April 15th 2009 by Norilana Books (first published 2006)
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Aug 19, 2016 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uneven collection of tales. I liked the ones like folktales or fairytales and disliked the others--most of them. I couldn't give a higher rating since I disliked or thought mediocre over half of a 19 short story collection. This was the author's first attempt at a collection I believe and she was mixed in her success. I really liked Dreams of the Compass Rose and thought this not much of a comparison.

I liked the stories: "Beauty and her beast": a retelling of the fairytale with role reversal.
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Dec 12, 2013 Alysa H. rated it it was amazing
An amazing collection. All of the stories here, which span about 20 years of Nazarian's career, are of the high fantasy and fairy tale variety, with the notable exception of the first ("Rossia Moya") which is a kind of contemporary "What if?" piece. These stories were put in a very particular order, and I would agree with Gene Wolfe who wrote in this book's introduction that "Rossia Moya" be read first. Although it is so markedly different than the rest, there's was a sensibility about it that I ...more
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Jan 19, 2010 Rosalind M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The writing style in this book had a rhythm and voice that set the perfect mood for this collection of stories, bringing such life to the words that I felt as if the characters were speaking over my shoulder. The stories, however, just weren't to my personal taste.
Leigh Kimmel
Rich and subtle imagery reminiscent of the literary fairy tales of the 19th century.
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Aug 15, 2012 Isabel Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book of Short Stories Each one different and wonderful
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Vera Nazarian is a two-time Nebula Award Nominee, award-winning artist, and member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a writer with a penchant for moral fables and stories of intense wonder, true love, and intricacy.

She immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at the age of 17, and since then has published numerous works in anthologies and magazines
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