Through the Drowsy Dark: Short Fiction & Poetry (Conversation Pieces 27)
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Through the Drowsy Dark: Short Fiction & Poetry (Conversation Pieces #27)

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Paperback, 146 pages
Published May 15th 2010 by Aqueduct Press
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Kathryn
Swirsky manages to include in this collection, to varrying degress, each of my favorite genres. What I remember most include the title story, with two characters who I deeply sympathized with and liked as though they were real people. Heartstrung, a limited view of a family in a dystopic and detached world. Detours on the Way to Nothing and No Longer You felt similar, both urban-fantasy stories. The Debt of the Innocent is the shiny gem in this collection, a terrifying story that is too easy to...more
Nikki
I decided to get this after reading Swirsky's short stories on Tor.com. I don't think anything in this collection makes it to the level of A Memory of Wind or Eros, Philia, Agape, for me, except perhaps the final story, 'No Longer You'. But they are all good, interesting, little views on other worlds (even if that other world is only someone else's headspace). One or two of them are very powerful.

There's poetry as well as prose, here, which I'm not as interested in. It was competent enough, some...more
Eva Folsom
Several of the stories in this collection are profoundly emotionally evocative. I read the collection on a crowded airplane, and at several points, it was all I could do not to break into tears in front of my fellow passengers. I found the unflinching, painful honesty of these stories moving, and am impressed with Swirsky's courage in confronting the truths they capture. As Swirsky has a character say in “The Debt of the Innocent,” “To stare into the heart of (these) arguments was to stare into...more
Mely
Early work, mostly finger exercises. Carefully structured, maybe too carefully, you can see the author shaping things, and sometimes metaphor slips into allegory. "No Longer You" with Katherine Sparrow is a real story, though not as good as some of Swirsky's more recent work.
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Book's put-down status: Page 106

There were some interesting stories. But generally, I didn't get a sense of maturity from the pages in this collection.
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Rachel Swirsky holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and is a graduate of Clarion West. Her work has been short-listed for the Nebula, the Hugo, and the Sturgeon Award, and placed second in 2010's Million Writers Award. In addition to numerous publications in magazines and anthologies, Swirsky is the author of three short stories published as e-books, "Eros, Philia, Agape," "The Memory of Wi...more
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