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Black Juice by Margo Lanagan
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Aug 10, 2010

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bookshelves: fantasy, horror, sci-fi, shortstories

This was an interesting one. The stories are all over the place in terms of plot, but share some common themes of growing up, loss of innocence, and such...many of them are very dark, but also quite beautiful. in every one, the world is much like ours, but also quite different in at least one important respect, and the reader is dropped into the world as if it were their own, with no explanation of these vital differences, which can be jarring, but is largely effective. The best stories for me were Singing my Sister Down, which was very dark and disturbing, but also delicately beautiful, Sweet Pippit, which was alien and triumphant, House of the Many, which was confusing, but the way in which the House and its inhabitants were described, and what they were, was fantastic, and finally Yowlinin which was simply a wonderful bit of social horror.

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