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The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories

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Enter a world where terrible secrets are hidden in a wind chime's song
Where crippled witches build magic from scrap
And the beautiful dead dance for eternity

The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories collects the finest science fiction and horror short stories from award-winning writer Joanne Anderton. From mechanical spells scavenging a derelict starship to outback zombies and
Paperback, 216 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by FableCroft Publishing
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J. Smith
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Joanne Anderton’s award-winning collection, The Bone Chime Song, is alive with gnarled, unusual stories, with weird, memorable worlds, every one rendered in spare, vivid prose.

The organic and the mechanical, the mundane and the magical, intersect and interweave throughout these darkly vibrant tales, told with an urgent visual clarity that evokes the baroque sci-fi of Manga as confidently as the stark simplicity of the Australian bush. Anderton paints the worlds of each story with deft strokes,
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Joanne Anderton is one of those criminally under-appreciated writers, who don't get enough attention and credit for their work. I adored the first two books in her The Veiled Worlds series and I'm still hoping Angry Robot will pick up the final volume, as I really want to know how it ends. I also really enjoyed her story in the anthology Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear . So I was excited to be offered a review copy of her first collection and to discover more of her writing.

Anderton has a strong
Tsana Dolichva
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories by Joanne Anderton is, as the title suggests, a collection of short stories. For those of you who've read Debris and/or Suited, these stories were very different in tone, surprising me a little with just how macabre they were.

Overall, I was very impressed with Anderton's worldbuilding in all the stories. Each story read like a glimpse into a complete and carefully constructed world. Just because the stories are short, Anderton in no way skimped on the though

The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories is the debut short story collection by talented upcoming author, Joanne Anderton. It contains thirteen stories in all, eleven of which have been previously published and two of which are brand new. All considered, it is an extremely impressive collection, and it did not contain a single story that I didn’t enjoy.

While I have enjoyed Anderton’s novels, in my personal opinion, her short stories have their own unique magic. They
Dave Versace
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, dark stories of humanity on the fringes of normality or the verge of extinction. Jo Anderton's characters occupy the most tenuous corners of vivid, imaginative and often terrible worlds, struggling to hold on to their past as calamity approaches (or recedes into dim memory). These are stories about living in the wake of great calamity – fighting to survive, hunting for meaning in dying worlds, coming to the acceptance that things will never return to what they were. But Anderton’s sto ...more
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first Jo Anderton short story I ever read was "From the Dry Heart to the Sea," originally published in "After The Rain," and I remember thinking it was the stand-out story of that collection. Wonderful characterisation, intense grounding in vivid settings, and that sense of being carried away by story.

This wasn't a fluke. These aspects recur here in this, Jo's first collection. If her outlook is a little more cynical than mine, if she chooses vivisection where I might have chosen a less inva
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
After reading Jo's excellent novels, I approached this more horror-oriented short-story collection with some trepidation. Reading this only by day was a good decision; not only did it prevent nightmares, but it also prolonged my reading experience. There's good writing all the way down in this collection; wonderful, creepy characters, unusual settings and intriguing tech. Top notch.
Alan Baxter
A fantastic collection from one of Australia's best writers. This is dark, surreal and wonderful from start to finish.
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Joanne Anderton lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and too many pets. By day she is a mild-mannered marketing coordinator for an Australian book distributor. By night, weekends and lunchtimes she writes dark fantasy, horror a little bit of science fiction and a whole lot of weird stuff in between.

Her short fiction has been published in a variety of places, including Aurealis, Andromeda S