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Ghosts and mythic beings populate this holiday-themed collection of eleven tales to read by candlelight. "Holiday," a story of all holidays for a dead girl and the man who sees her, is followed by New Year’s Day and "Memoir of a Deer Woman," a woman’s transformation into a deer leaves her husband desperate for her words. Valentine’s Day is celebrated with "Journey into the ...more
Hardcover, 164 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Golden Gryphon Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Gregory Frost
M. Rickert's stories do not take the path you think they will. Stories of transformations, of ghosts, of strange journeys lead you in a way that few other authors can. She is a stunning short story writer who deserves more appreciation both in and out of the fantasy genres.
I admire these stories more than I like them; I can't escape the feeling that I don't admire them as much as I should. I am put off by the reliance on the unreliable narrator, especially when the unreliability is Is this real?/Is this person delusional? -- when it pivots on more ordinary reliabilities, such as the child protagonist of "The Christmas Witch," I like it much better.

There's something about the way Rickert handles (persistent) themes of molestation/rape/murder that bugs me, but I'm n
I'll buy anything with M. Rickert's name on it. Indeed, most of these stories are from issues of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction that I bought precisely because... well, you know why. The three or so stories I hadn't read were well worth the price of admission.

If I had one quibble, it's that the "holiday" theme seemed a little forced to me. I blame the book's World Fantasy Award for Best Collection this year on the theme (though I'm the first to admit that Karen Joy Fowler's What I
Rebecca Schwarz
Assigned reading from Paolo Bacigalupi at the ArmadilloCon Writer's Workshop! Affecting stories that are both fantastic and realistic. She often employs a more distant voice giving many of these stories a fairy tale feel.
Moving in a way that reminds me of looking into a mirror under water. Plucked from the library display at random for the gorgeous cover, which made me mistakenly suppose it was for children. It is not.
Sometimes melancholy, sweetly tender, or terrifying, M. Rickert's stories cover an astonishing range of emotions.
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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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