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Dust and other stories by Martha J. Allard
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Apr 26, 12

Read in April, 2012, read count: 2

You know how sometimes you want to read something slower and slower, trying to draw the experience out as long as possible? I read each of the three stories with tears in my eyes, marveling at their beauty. This chapbook is just magical.

Dust and Other Stories opens with "Phase," a fairy tale about a flame-haired guardian trying to connect with the daughter of the moon. Part gritty urban fantasy, part magical realism, the story is a wonder.

The middle story, "Scales," is pure fairy tale, but not one you've ever seen before. It concerns a fish -- or is she? -- who becomes a woman for the sake of love. The author completely captures the strangeness of losing yourself in love of another.

The final story, "Dust," follows Tinkerbelle and Peter after their return from Neverland as they travel with a ragtag carnival. How do you survive when the magic is running out?

I adore this book. I wish it was twice as long.

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