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A collection of Reisman's short stories.
ebook, 304 pages
Published November 2019 by Fairwood Press
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Clayton  Hackett
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to receive an ARC of Reisman's collection of wide-ranging stories, from Victorian epistolary fantasy to deep space salvage operations and everything in between, that mostly seems to speak very softly while painting vivid imagery and crafting unique characters. Her stories are beautiful, often haunting, and always thoughtful. It's not a collection to burn through, but rather one to savor. Hers is a unique voice that deserves to be amplified.

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Here's Martha Wells introduction: https://marthawells.dreamwidth.org/49...
"Jessica Reisman writes in layers, like a cake.

A cake that's deep and rich and strange. Maybe one with a candy geode in its heart, that's almost too beautiful to eat. . . .

The stories collected here represent a body of work that should be better known. It's wonderful to finally have so many collected in one edition instead of scattered to the winds of magazines and anthologies. I hope this allows many new readers to
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J.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reisman's tales are invariably beautiful, stories of people who live on the edge between real and magical, and this collection doesn't disappoint. I often leave the world of the story wanting to know more, wanting more of the story, and allowed to make out what path I wish to see ahead.

I have read several of these tales before, and Flowertongue is still my favorite (orchid hunters!) but I will be rereading this volume soon as there are several other stories I want to revisit!
Patrice Sarath
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Reisman is a wonderful wordsmith and this collection is simply gorgeous. The stories included here are stories that feel as if they are myths from distant planets. And maybe they are. Maybe that's what Reisman does -- writes down the myths and legends of other worlds. They have that otherworldly fairy tale quality anyway. As well as being tightly constructed and sometimes kind of funny. For all readers who love stories that are deeply weird, loving, and beautiful.
Jeremy Brett
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This collection from Reisman is long overdue - these stories so ably capture her passion, her graceful writing style, her sheer delight in capturing the realities of a variety of worlds in all their beauty and brutality. It is a brilliant collection and should garner all the wards there are.
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The first things I wrote, at nine years old, were fantastic literature, and that's where my heart has always been -- whether you call it science fiction, fantasy, horror, dark fantasy, magic realism, or fabulism. My writing is about two things: exploring and
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