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Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories

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For most of us, these prizewinning spelling bee words would be difficult to pronounce, let alone spell. We asked twenty-one of today’s most talented and inventive writers to go even further and pen an original tale inspired by one of dozens of obscure and fascinating championship words. The result is Logorrhea–a veritable dictionary of the weird, the fantastic, the ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Spectra (first published January 1st 2007)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

I loved this fantasy story! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature. This 2008 World Fantasy Award-winning short story is free online here at Lightspeed Magazine.

In this story, Theodora Goss weaves together past and present. The past is an Asian folk tale type of story about a young woman named Kamora, the favorite maiden of the Empress Nasren. Kamora wishes to marry the Cloud Dragon, who turns into a handsome man at night. In return the Cloud Dragon will give his whiskers to Kamora’s uncle
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing

last year, i carved out my own short story advent calendar as my project for december, and it was so much fun i decided to do it again this year! so, each day during the month of december, i will be reading a short story and doing the barest minimum of a review because ain't no one got time for that and i'm already so far behind in all the things. however, i will be posting story links in case anyone wants to read the stories themselves and show off how maybe someone
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mitticus by: Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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En Boston, Sabra, una estudiante universitaria nacida en Etiopia , nos narra acerca de su madre abrumadora, conocer a un muchacho, escribir algo para sus estudios, el poeta Coleridge, y termina entrelazándonos en el poema de Kubla Khan de dicho autor mediante un relato fantástico lleno de imagenes orientales.

Es una historia dentro de otra historia. Lo de Kamora y el tio sabio es encantador en un sentido bastante clásico de cuento. Me encantó, valga la redundancia.

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Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I like how the two stories were woven together. Gentle and lyrical, almost like a poem itself. Four stars.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
it centres around one of my least favourite poems, so i guess i should have expected this
LOVED it. I like how she wove in the myth, the poem, her story.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This lovely short story won the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction. It weaves together two threads in the best fairy tale story telling fashion - one a romantic modern day thread (Ethiopian Sabra and American Michael are Literature students) and the second a more classic fairy tale one of quests to win tue love (Kamora and the Cloud Dragon) , the linkage around which both storylines are built is Samuel Coleridge's poem Kubla Khan from where the stories title comes. Exquisite.
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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I enjoyed this a lot. The premise is very cool - each story was inspired by a word that was the winning word in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in recent years. I don't know if it was because of the oddness of the words, or if it's just the types of things these authors write, but the stories were really strange and wonderful -- exactly what I like to see in short stories. The kind of thing where sometimes you're not sure if you know what's going on, and you have to piece it together as you ...more
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a very pleasant book for the word nerds out there. Each short story is focused around one of the final words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee from the preceding 2 decades. A few of the stories fizzled, but that was more than made up for by the romping good ones. This is definitely worth picking up if you appreciate a well wrought story or have ever found yourself looking up the etymology of an obscure word so you could really get at its' meaning.
One of these shorts is nominated for a Hugo, and can be read here. Not only is the story marvelous, it made me want to read the entire collection!
My review is up on The Short Review at along with more reviews of short story collections and anthologies.
Trey Wren
Mar 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Some hit or miss but the story by Tim Pratt, "From Around Here" is worth the price of admission.
Mar 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Interesting collection of imaginative stories, especially enjoyable for those of us who appreciate the history and meanings of individual words.
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
one of the most creative books i've ever read.
An enjoyable book of short fiction, mostly of the science fiction/fantasy variety. It's a little hit and miss, but most collections are.
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