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Map of Dreams by M. Rickert
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May 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: genre-fiction, fantasy, short-stories, read-in-2012
Read from March 17 to 22, 2012

(9/10) This one is hard to get your hands on, but definitely worth it. M. Rickert is a master on the micro level, stringing together perfect sentences that reverberate with mythological clarity. Her stories are often folkloric, and frequently question the divide between fantasy and insanity.

Rickert's attempts at longer narratives don't quite work as well -- the titular novella is full of excellent moments but fetishizes Aboriginal culture to an unfortunate extent, and the other long story towards the end of the collection seems more like a supernatural-tinged CBS procedural. But most of this book is wonderful, and even the non-wonderful parts sparkle with indisputable grace.

M. Rickert should really be one of fantasy's most heralded authors, but specializing in fantasy short stories is kind of like shooting yourself in both feet when it comes to authorly fame and fortune. But to tell the truth, I almost prefer her as a semi-secret treasure, enjoyed only by the initiated.

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