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Corvidae

(Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries)

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Associated with life and death, disease and luck, corvids have long captured mankind’s attention, showing up in mythology as the companions or manifestations of deities, and starring in stories from Aesop to Poe and beyond.

In Corvidae birds are born of blood and pain, trickster ravens live up to their names, magpies take human form, blue jays battle evil forces, and chough
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Paperback, 234 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by World Weaver Press
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Rhonda There are several stories told from the point of view of the corvid character but none of those characters are everyday corvids like you'd see outside…moreThere are several stories told from the point of view of the corvid character but none of those characters are everyday corvids like you'd see outside your window and none of them spend much time thinking about how bizarre humans are compared to them. I mean, that comes up now and then but only in passing.

I don't know if that's a super helpful answer but xenofiction is a new term for me so I can't speak with confidence about it.(less)
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Beth Cato
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, anthology, blurbed
My blurb for the book:

"Corvidae evokes the majesty and mischief of corvid mythologies worldwide--and beyond our world--in a collection that is fresh and thoroughly enjoyable."
- Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger
Jo
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Corvids are fascinating creatures. My favorite birds, in fact. I’ve looked forward to reading “Corvidae” ever since editor Rhonda Parrish put out a submission call, and it did not disappoint. I really enjoyed that all stories dealt with the supernatural and folkloric aspect of the corvidae, and that each story was distinct in terms of characters, setting, and story. Here are some of my favorite stories, in the order they appear in the anthology:

Whistles and Trills by Kat Otis
Set during an altern
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S.L. Saboviec
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I discovered Rhonda Parrish, the editor of this anthology, when I read the first book in this series, Fae. Fae set the bar high, and I'm happy to report that Corvidae is just as strong. What struck me about both anthologies is how each and every story has a unique voice, point of view, self. Each holds their own. None are there because the book needed a couple more stories to feel long enough. I know this is what I said about Fae, too, but I feel like it's the most impor
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Natalia
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Corvidae is a collection of short stories all centered around or featuring Corvidae (a family of birds that include crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies, treepies, choughs, and nutcrackers...thank you wikipedia.) These birds are naturally extremely intelligent...each story involves the birds in a different capacity. A very interesting read, many of the stories really stayed with me. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Jennifer
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm pleased to have had the chance to read an early copy of this anthology and offer a blurb. It's one of the most enjoyable anthologies I've read in a while; almost every story was a pleasure both in terms of style and of story. Corvids form the common link here--crows, ravens, jays, magpies and so on--but the variety of tales is outstanding.
Leah Slootweg
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So many great stories in this collection. My favorites were by Megan Fennell and Leslie Van Zwol. They both are fantastic storytellers.
Sara Oxton
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Corvidae fab four-star read. This is the second anthology in the Magical Menagerie series, the first being Fae and then this Corvidae the second, then Scarecrow the third, Sirens the forth and Equus the fifth. This is a flock of shiny stories, associated with life and death, disease and luck, Corvids have long captured attention. Each story will take you to a different place, be it the great war, frozen roof-tops, deep into fairy tales, you will be taken on a journey and this Journey will start ...more
Angela
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Corvidae is a fantastic Anthology which is made up of stories and poems by 16 wonderfully talented contributing authors. Each story/poem is unique, individual and quite distinct from one another; yet they all have the same inspiration/theme- which is the Corvidae.
Corvidae (Corvids) are the very well known ‘family’ of birds that are made up of Crows, Ravens, Choughs, Treepies, Magpies, Jays, Piciacs, Nutcrackers, Rooks… and many more. We are all familiar with at least one or more of these
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Bethany Mcvay
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Corvidae (Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries) by Rhonda Parrish is a supernatural/fantasy anthology. Each story involves corvidae, a family of birds that include crows, ravens, jays, magpies, etc. I absolutely adored this, I couldn't get enough of it. Seriously, I've always been a fan of stories like these, and I've always liked crows and ravens, so I was thrilled when I first picked this up and realized these two things were combined!

Each of the short stories were wonderful, and if I absolutel
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Susan Sullivan
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I tend to prefer novels to short stories, but the collection of tales and poems in CORVIDAE absolutely captivated me and kept my interest, many with clever twists that I never saw coming. I'm looking forward to the next collection in the series, SCARECROW!
Carissa Anelli
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Corvidae is a series of short stories about Corvids, the black birds crows, ravens and the like. It showcases their intelligence their wit and sometimes their ability to be exceedingly violent or creepy. So sit back relax, if you can and enjoy.

A murder of crows by Jane Yolen is a short poem that encompasses the true nature of the crow.

Whistles and Trills by Kat Otis is a short story of a plane crash during World War II with British air force members Morgaine and her one eyed pilot Walter. After
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Sue
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Corvidae Anthology

Authors
Rhonda Parish, Jane Yolen, Kat Otis, Megan Fennell, Leslie Van Zwol, Michael S. Pack,
Tim Deal, Mike Allen, C.S.E. Cooney, Adria Laycroft, Michael M. Rader, Laura Van Arendonk Baugh, Sara Puls, M.L.D. Curelas, Mark Rapaz, Megan Engelhardt and Angela Slatter

Covidae Anthology Description

This anthology has been described as a flock of shiny stories.
The Raven will live up to their names, the Magpies will take the form of human beings, the lovely Blue Jays will be in a battle
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Gordon Gravley
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this, the second in the Magical Menagerie series, even better than the first. The stories appealed to my darker side, and the subject of corvids (crows, ravens, jay, magpies, and the like) are much more my preference, as well.
Erin
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I give Corvidae (Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries, book 2) edited by Rhonda Parrish, 5 stars.

This anthology is full of wonderful stories and poems, written by excellent authors. Below is just a taste of the stories included.

Whistles and Trills by Kat Otis
Morgaine is an airplane navigator in the war. Her and her pilot, Walter, never should have left when the skies started to look bad. Now they’re in such bad weather, they can barely see past of the nose of the plane. Their luck runs out and th
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Laura Furuta
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Corvidae (Rhonda Parrish’s Magical Menageries Book 2)
By: Jane Yolen (Author), Mike Allen (Author), C.S.E. Cooney (Author), M.L.D. Curelas (Author), Megan Engelhardt (Author), Kat Otis (Author), Sara Puls (Author), Angela Slatter (Author), Laura VanArendonk Baugh (Author), Tim Deal (Author), Rhonda Parrish (Editor)
5 out of 5 stars

This is a group of stories that are very intriguing. They deal with Corvidae birds in the flesh and also as magical creatures. The stories range from trickster birds to
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Katie
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Corvidae – by Rhonda Parrish (Editor)
4 stars
Corvidae is a collection of short stories and poems and is the second anthology in the Magical Menagerie series. I have to say that this read was a little out of my comfort zone but I did really enjoy reading something different. Each of the stories and poems focused on something different and I found them to be really interesting to read. It was difficult to choose but I have chosen a few of my favourites from the anthology for this review but they w
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Bobbi Wagner
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Corvidae (Rhonda Parrish's Magical Mengeries Book 2) by Jane Yolen, Kat Otis, Megan Fennell, Leslie Van Zwol, Michael S. Pack, Tim Deal, Mike Allen, C.S.E. Cooney, Adria Laycraft, Michael M. Radar, Laura VanArenodonk Baugh, Sara Puls, M.L.D. Curelas, Mark Rapacz, Megan Engelhart, Angela Slatter, Rhonda Parrish is a collection of seventeen stories about life, death, disease and luck. These stories will pull at your heartstrings one minute and make you angry in another. You will enjoy the creativi ...more
Kandis
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Corvidae
Edited by Rhonda Parrish
**5 Stars**

Corvidae is an Anthropology by multiple authors. It's the second in Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries series. I love Reading multiple short stories based off of one single topic! So many of the authors took the subject matter to the next level! Whether the magical birds were allies in a time of need for maddening creatures who drove you crazy the worst possible time I enjoyed them all. These are five of my favorite stories in this anthropology:

Whistl
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Sunday
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Corvidae - Rhonda Parrish’s Magical Menageries Book 2
Four Stars

Corvidae - Rhonda Parrish’s Magical Menageries Book 2 is a grouping of short stories and poems that feature corvids. The seventeen authors featured in this book are - Jane Yolen, Mike Allen, C.S.E. Cooney, M.L.D. Curelas, Tim Deal, Megan Engelhardt, Megan Fennell, Adria Laycraft, Kat Otis, Michael S. Pack, Sara Puls, Michael M. Rader, Mark Rapacz, Angela Slatter, Laura VanArendonk Baug and Leslie Van Zwol.

Corvidae birds are crows, r
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Krystal gaston
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Corvidea is an anthology that includes short stories and poems from 16 authors. It is part lf Rhonda Parrish’s Magical Menageries series. It starts off with an a great poem written by Jane Yolen called A Murder of Crows then goes right into the first story Whistles and Trills written by Kat Otis.
All of the stories are a spin off on the Corvidae. “In Corvidae birds are born of blood and pain, trickster ravens live up to their names, magpies take human form, blue jays battle evil forces, and chou
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Maura
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Corvidae – Rhonda Parrish’s Magical Menageries Book 2 An Anthology

“There are a great number of different corvids in the world, from many species of crows and ravens to chouchs, treepies, several species of jays and magpies – the list is long and varies as are common corvidae traits.” Huh, I thought a corvid was a made up word and had something to do with Greek Mythology or something. I love that books teach me something new every day.

A Murder of Crows by Jane Yolen is a quick and rhythmic poem
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Amelia Carr
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Corvidae is a collection of short stories and poems that are based around crows, ravens, magpies and various other Corvids.

This book has been put together and edited really well as all the stories and poem have the same other worldy, ethereal and magical feel. The stories within are not predictable tales and are almost as poetic as the poems the book contains. These are definitely a group of tales of the unexpected. The stories are very imaginative and are woven together in such a way that you f
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Sheri
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Corvidae is book 2 in Rhonda Parrish’s Magical Menageries series of five books. In the anthology, she brings the works of seventeen authors together to form a magical series of poems and stories. Corvids have long been seen in stories since early lore and have always been intriguing. The corvid can signal disease, death, life, and luck. This collection takes that knowledge and the authors find new and intriguing ways to bring these birds into play. The stories range from alternate history fictio ...more
Sandra Kaye
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Corvidae is an Anthology collaborated and edited By Rhonda Parrish this the second edition in her Magical Menageries series. You will find stories and poems from authors such as Kat Otis, Megan Fennell, Leslie Van Zwol, Jane Yolen, Angela Slatter, Michael S Pack , and many , many more..All the stories and poems are about corvidae , which if you are unsure, is a grouping of bird that include Magpies, crows, ravens ect.
If you enjoy folklore , mythology, the paranormal take on history and life t
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Morgan
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Corvidae is the second anthology in Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries, and it's absolutely amazing! This is a great anthology that has literally everything you could ask for, there's some short stories and poems that pack a huge punch. Corvidae is an amazing 5 stars!

Sanctuary by Laura VanArendonk Baugh is about a woman who finds a crow in the road and she decides to take it back to her research center. Once she goes back to the center, a mystery man appears and starts to show up at random tim
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Stephanie A. Cain
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to score an e-ARC of her second Magical Menagerie anthology, Corvidae. I’ve finally (finally!) gotten around to writing up and posting my review, and I want to share it here as well.

Corvidae is another masterful and magical anthology from Rhonda Parrish. “A Murder of Crows” by Jane Yolen is a fun poem to open the anthology. Anything that begins by telling us to “Cry havoc” is promising a good time–and this anthology definitely delivers!

“Whistles and Trill
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Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She founded and ran Niteblade Magazine, is an Assistant Editor at World Weaver Press and is the editor of several anthologies including, most recently, Fire: Demons, Dragons and Djinn and E is for Evil.

In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been in publications such as Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Imagi
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