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White Time by Margo Lanagan
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bookshelves: 2010, short-stories, ya, only-i-will-like
Recommended for: existing fans of Margo Lanagan

My second Margo Lanagan's collection of short stories. While enjoyable, it is less compelling than Red Spikes.

First, unlike Red Spikes which had a feel magical realism throughout, White Time is a blend of genres - it consists of sci-fi, fantasy and distopian stories. It makes the collection a little uneven.

And second, a couple of stories are just a little too sketchy for my taste and not very successful in bringing their points across - "Welcome Blue," for instance, a story about the arrival of aliens who get attracted by a certain shade of blue (what?).

On the other hand, some stories are fantastic and have enough "meat" in them for full-length novels. For example, "The Boy Who Didn't Yearn" is a tale of a girl who has a special ability to see the hurts people carry around, be that someone's death, or parents' expectation, or guilt. She helps people to realize and deal with them. The story is the girl's journey to uncover what her own "baggage" is.

All in all, a decedent, but not mind-blowing collection of stories that could be read one by one between novels. (I came to realize that I enjoy short stories much more when reading them one at a time, taking breaks between them to ponder on them.)
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Reading Progress

June 13, 2010 – Started Reading
June 13, 2010 – Shelved
June 13, 2010 –
page 37
17.13%
June 14, 2010 –
page 73
33.8%
June 16, 2010 –
page 108
50.0%
June 17, 2010 –
page 124
57.41%
June 18, 2010 –
page 145
67.13%
June 18, 2010 –
page 163
75.46%
June 18, 2010 –
page 188
87.04%
June 20, 2010 – Shelved as: 2010
June 20, 2010 – Shelved as: short-stories
June 20, 2010 – Shelved as: ya
June 20, 2010 – Finished Reading
June 27, 2010 – Shelved as: only-i-will-like

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