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The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke
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Apr 27, 08

bookshelves: fairytales, speculativefiction, short-stories
Read in March, 2008

I got this book about a year ago, because I'd enjoyed Susanna Clarke's novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel. This collection of short stories (one of which is long enough to be considered a novella) takes place in the same universe as her novel, and focuses on the same Victorian narration of strange fairy stories. I finally picked it up earlier this year, and sat down to give it a serious read.

There are an excellent variety of stories, some focused on magicians, and some focused on fairies. While many of them focus on the maliciousness of fairy-kind, some of the darker tones of these stories are balanced by whimsy and chance.

This was a very excellent follow-up to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel, as well as a brilliant stand alone collection.

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