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Clockwork Phoenix: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness (Clockwork Phoenix #2)

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CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness "Story marries style. The result is a cornucopia of modern cutting-edge fantasy."

The second volume of this extraordinary new annual anthology series of fantastic literature dares to surpass the first, with works that sidestep expectations in beautiful and unsettling ways, that surprise with their settings and startl
Paperback, 292 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Mythic Delirium Books
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I actually started this book a few weeks ago, within the last month of school, but my reading of it had been sporadic. I got distracted by other books, or library items, which were pressured with a due date.

I'm going to try doing a story-by-story review again.

Three Friends - Claude Lalumiere
This story centers around The Girl Who Eats Fire, The Boy Who Speaks With Walls and The Kid Whose Laughter Makes Adults Run Away. The Girl disappears and The Boy has to rescue. It's a strong beginning to the
3 stars - Metaphorosis Reviews

An anthology of speculative fiction edited by Mike Allen.

I didn't care much for the first Clockwork Phoenix. While some of the stories were good, others felt forced. Overall, they all sounded similar. This second collection is more varied, though few of the stories really stand out. There's less 'grotesque for the sake of grotesquerie', but more pretentious and more experimental work. At least two of the stories were thoroughly irritating in their snobbish in-crowd
4 1/2 stars. This is an excellent collection, both strange and satisfying, and now I want the other two in the series. (My poor groaning book budget, s-sob.)

Was interested to read in the author segments at the back of the book that Mike Allen, the editor, wanted to see more strange and experimental fiction, but at the same time often found many experimental works to feel "incomplete and unsatisfying," and "forgettable because they lack emotional punch." Apparently he was seeking out stories that
Jul 20, 2009 Bridgett rated it really liked it
My favorite story is Catherynne Valente's "The Secret History of Mirrors." I loved the mythology of it and the Snow White references. I also liked "Never nor Never" by Forrest Aguirre and its discussion of time and "Alice in Wonderland." I would want to give this between 4 and 5 stars. A lot of the stories aren't exactly my "taste." I prefer a more fantasy feel.
Aug 26, 2012 Andreas rated it it was amazing
For whatever reason I have read volume 1 and 3 but never this one. Probably there was a negative review somewhere that influenced me but in light of the upcoming volume 4, which has been financed through a kickstarter project by the community, it was time to complete my collection. I didn't regret it - it's the best volume with 6 five star and 4 four star stories! My favorites are in bold.

Claude Lalumière, Three Friends (5/5)
Engaging story about three friends with unusual talents: "The Boy Who S
Feb 15, 2010 Juushika rated it it was amazing
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A collection of 15 stories of fantastical transformation, Clockwork Phoenix 2 walks the line between readability and art to build a collection which is haunting, inspiring, and glorious. As with most short story collections some stories are more successful than others, but as a whole these are all far above par. From a girl who was once a goddess's avatar to a lover made of glass to middle-aged Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the wildly different content disrupts the flow from one story to another, b ...more
Jul 18, 2011 April rated it it was amazing
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Clockwork Phoenix 2 is the second volume in what is so far a three volume series of anthologies subtitled "tales of beauty and strangeness." If you know anything about the stuff I like to read, this sounds like a collection I'd probably enjoy. I read the first awhile back and thought it was good, if not my favorite collection.

CP2 surprasses its predecessor by a large margin. Every story was easy to read, and many were page-turners. Some of these have even made it to my list of "favorite short st
Sep 20, 2012 Breedeen rated it it was ok
Like any collection of short stories, this book contains several stories that I really enjoyed and others that I found less compelling. All the stories are somewhat strange, as the title promises.

One story in particular lingered with me after finishing the book, possibly in part since it was towards the end. each thing i show you is a piece of my death (no caps used in original), by Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer. The book was worth buying for that story alone.
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Dec 06, 2010 Sunny Moraine rated it really liked it
There's a lot of good stuff in here; "Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela" is raw and beautiful and painful, "The Fish of Al-Kawthar's Fountain" has all the delight of an old, well-beloved folktale, "Never nor Ever" was a linguistic joy to read... but "each thing i show you is a piece of my death" is quite simply the scariest thing I have read in years. It haunted me ways I didn't expect, and was all the more powerful for it. The whole anthology is highly recommended, but I'd give it four star ...more
Apr 17, 2014 Robert rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in this collection. Perhaps because I had previously read two of the stories by authors that made me interested in the collection.

The other stories are just eh. Not worth the effort. I skimmed through a couple with barely reading them because they just could not keep my interest.
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I was born in Minneapolis, Minn., six months before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

But my first childhood memories are of Guam island, where my father took a teaching job after receiving his Ph.D. It was a childhood of rocky beaches, skittering lizards and huge black-and-yellow spiders with webs that covered walls.

My parents moved to a suburb outside Chicago, then to a small mining town in the
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