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An otherworldly banquet of contemporary fantasy, dark fairy tales and soft science fiction, Next Curious Thing collects some of Gale’s best short fiction from 2013 to 2018, including ‘In the Beginning, All Our Hands Are Cold’ (Syntax & Salt Editor’s Award winner) and ‘Wrecked’ (Tangent Online Recommended Reading List). Known for her ability to mix the extraordinary with th ...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published November 30th 2018 by Foxgrove Press
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Vanessa
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I first came across Ephiny Gale’s work last year when I read her story,
“In the Beginning, All Our Hands are Cold,” in the journal Syntax and Salt. It’s a strange and wonderful tale, about a village where children are born without hands. . . but when they’re old enough, they walk to a forest to pick out the hands that fit them just right. It’s a surreal, eerie concept, but a surprisingly warm and gentle story. It’s a story about friendship, about the paths that you choose, the paths you didn’t f
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Caitlin
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I was in an independent bookstore talking about fairy tales and the clerk recommended this one to me. Points to indie bookstores because this is very under the radar and without the recommendation, I probably wouldn't have picked this one up. This was a very strange collection of fairy tale retellings and other bits and pieces of speculative fiction, most with an overt or implied lesbian slant.

Some were very, very good and some were kind of meh which I'm finding is pretty par for the co
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Ephiny Gale was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is still there, alongside her lovely wife and a small legion of bookcases. She is the author of more than two dozen published short stories and novelettes, which have appeared in publications including Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Constellary Tales, and Daily Science Fiction. Her stories have been awarded the Syntax & Salt’s Editor’s Award and won Sund ...more

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