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Ghosts, deformed fairy tales, animal transformations, dystopic futures and twisted histories-these are the stuff of a Lanagan story.

An adolescent Hansel is enslaved by wicked tramp Grinnan during the Black Plague; a middle aged woman in country Australia has a last chance to save her swan-winged brother; Hans Christian Andersen's tinderbox shows up as a battere
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Hardcover, 265 pages
Published February 1st 2018 by PS Publishing
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D Gillis
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Ghosts, deformed fairy tales, animal transformations, dystopic futures and twisted histories--these are the stuff of a Lanagan story." Phantom Limbs is a collection of 14 previously-published stories and a new one, "The Tin Wife".

The Goosle is the first story in this collection and one of the best. Lanagan has taken the classic Hansel and Gretel tale and made it her own. The setting is a remote forest during the Black Plague. We follow the adolescent Hansel, who is enslaved by the w
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Dan Trefethen
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Margo Lanagan is not really a horror writer. At least I don't think she thinks of herself that way. But she likes to write stories that are...unsettling.

Most of her stories start ambiguously, throwing the reader into a situation that you struggle to understand. Then as she slowly unfolds the elements of the story, you say oh...really? Is that what this is about? Then when you finish the story, you ponder what it was really about.

I took awhile to finish this book because it's hard to
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Michael Earp
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Margo Lanagan's writing is astounding. Rarely easy, but challenging and rewarding in equal measure. She constantly makes me want to do better. Be a better writer and be a better human. This is no exception. A collection of previously published stories gathered from sources all over the world, it is confronting, chilling and fascinating in equal measure. And, as an added side note, the story notes at the end are a marvelous and entertaining insight into her story writing process that I adored as ...more
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Margo Lanagan, born in Waratah, New South Wales, is an Australian writer of short stories and young adult fiction.

Many of her books, including YA fiction, were only published in Australia. Recently, several of her books have attracted worldwide attention. Her short story collection Black Juice won two World Fantasy Awards. It was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin and the United Ki
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