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The Black Emerald by Jeanne Thornton
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Aug 14, 2014

it was amazing

Jeanne Thornton's The Black Emerald is one of the strangest books I've ever read. In each of the seven stories and two novellas that make up this collection, she manages to disarm the reader with unexpected choices and bizarre storylines. It's as if these stories were written by someone from a version of reality just slightly askew from our own. I read this book in just less than twenty-four hours, because I was so engrossed in the otherwordliness of the storytelling.

Her work is reminicient of some of Caitlín R. Kiernan's weirder turns, but with threads of (often tragic) humour throughout not often found in Kiernan's work. It's Thornton's humour that pulls the reader along the bizarre twists of each story.

The titular novella reminded me a lot of Billy Martin's (formerly, Poppy Z. Brite) Drawing Blood, but with a more mysterious ending.

Really, it's a tragedy that this is ebook only right now.
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