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Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan
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really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy-unusual, pūrākau, magical-realism, short-stories-and-novellas, urban-fantasy

This tiny collection is absolutely glorious. Set in dusty, gritty, sun-drenched Australia, the characters are haunted by pasts both their own and not their own, encountering phantoms that - even to this weary-of-ghost-stories reader - feel at once ancient and entirely new.

A particular standout for its incredibly vivid, dark tone, Bajazzled, involves a man haunted and hunted by sheela-na-gig figures, the line between real and unreal blurred to indistinguishable. On the other hand, the previous story is glowing warm and purely lovely, childhood nostalgia as it could be if dreams and magic truly did come to life.

The contrasts are startling, the book itself is covetable, so tiny, so easy to slip in a bag and read surreptitiously wherever you like. As the best fantasy does, Cracklescape leads the way into other worlds but never lets you get too comfortable there. Highly recommended.
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Reading Progress

February 15, 2016 – Shelved
February 15, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
July 14, 2016 – Started Reading
August 30, 2016 – Shelved as: fantasy-unusual
August 30, 2016 – Shelved as: pūrākau
August 30, 2016 – Shelved as: magical-realism
August 30, 2016 – Shelved as: short-stories-and-novellas
August 30, 2016 – Shelved as: urban-fantasy
August 30, 2016 – Finished Reading

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