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The Lords of Darkness by Tanith Lee
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A classic that deserves to stand the test of time. Lee takes old things -- old myth forms, old storytelling forms, etc. -- and makes them fresh again for modern eyes. My only frustration with these tales is that the form, which jumps from one character's tale to another, makes it hard to stay focused on any one of them, and sometimes I really wanted to. (I have the same frustration with Cat Valente's "The Orphan's Tale" books, which use the same format in an even more modernist reimagining -- also recommended.) It's clear that the problem is me, not the writing... but nevertheless I liked but did not love these tales, hence four instead of five stars. Still, for people who like this storytelling form, this is a near-perfect fusion of old and new.
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