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Shortlisted for the Aurealis Award and the William L. Crawford Award.

Locus Recommended Reading for 2009

Honourable Mention, Best Horror of the Year Vol 2 by Ellen Datlow

40 Books from 2009 That You Should Read – SF Signal

Six Suicides – Winner Best Short Fiction, Australian Shadows Award

Six Suicides and A Book of Endings – shortlisted for Ditmars

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Kitty Byrne
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great collection. Each story brings you into a new world, and you never know quite what's going to happen next. Definitely a recommended read.
Mark Webb
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review forms part of my contribution to the Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading Challenge.

A Book of Endings is a short story collection by Deborah Biancotti. I first came across Ms Biancotti's work when I read Bad Power earlier in the year, which I liked very much. As a result I've been eager to get my hands on A Book of Endings.

So, already being predisposed to like Ms Biancotti's work, I got about three quarters of the way through A Book of Endings and felt compelled to click the "become
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Nathan
Oct 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
A very strong debut short story collection. In her Afterword, Biancotti talks about how she arrived at the title of this collection and notes previous criticisms regarding her story endings as being either "too understated or confusing for audiences to feel comfortable with". I can see why these criticisms have been levelled at some of her stories - Biancotti has a strong tendency towards ambiguity and unexpected twists. Sometimes this technique is more successful than others. For me, her more s ...more
Nic
Collection of 21 short stories, most with contemporary (or contemporary-feeling) settings, and most with a horror inflection to them. As the collection's title would suggest, these are tales that both focus quite a bit on death, but which also revel in the short fiction art of making you re-examine what's gone before with a handful of sharp final words. My favourite was 'Stone By Stone', in which a woman literally walls herself up after murdering her waste-of-space lover, followed closely by the ...more
Anna Hepworth
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I love Biancotti's short stories - sparse, pointed, intricate, and yet somehow lush as well. The odd story I'd encountered before. Somehow, more than I had expected, especially given the original publication sources (other than one that I felt I knew intimately, which I eventually realised had been published in a magazine that I had done the layout/editing for).

I really loved the idea of being about endings - about the intimate failures, the apocalyptic disasters, the way the world changes. 'Ki
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Chent Higson
3.5 stars
Woo first book finished in 2016!
To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of short stories, even though I've now read two collections of them in two weeks. They can be a bit hit or miss for me, and I prefer the slower detail of novels.
That being said, I did quite like this collection, and I will be looking out for more by Biancotti for sure. I like the calm, sometimes calculated, contemplation of 'ending' in each story. Some were thoughtful, some were innovative, and some were downright cre
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Deborah Biancotti is co-author of the ZEROES series with Scott Westerfeld and Margo Lanagan. Her collections BAD POWER and A BOOK OF ENDINGS are available from Twelfth Planet Press and her novella WAKING IN WINTER will be available from PS Publishing in March 2016.

She's been nominated for the William L. Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Book, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Aurealis & Ditmar Aw
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