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Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire
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really liked it
bookshelves: horror-monsters-ghosts, linked-short-stories, supernatural, wfc-2018-swag, contemporary-fantasy

I orbited Sparrow Hill Road for years before finally reading it when I got a free copy in my swag bag at the 2018 World Fantasy Convention. It was worth the wait, and I loved it as much as I hoped I would. I love linked short stories, and this book introduced me to the term “fix-up,” coined by sci-fi writer A.E. van Vogt in the 1950s to describe the trick of linking up previously-written short pieces into a novel with some tweaks and/or the addition of new material to create transitions. I had not read any of the short pieces that comprised Sparrow Hill Road on their own, and I thought it worked really well as an episodic novel. The main character – a hitchhiking road ghost named Rose – and her through-line story – a cat-and-mouse game with the man who killed her – lent themselves well to the format. Also, McGuire has a way of making things work, seemingly through sheer charisma but really because she has a deep understanding of what makes stories approachable and structurally sturdy. I don’t read her for fancy language or post-modern stylistics. She delivers strong character voice and good plain fun every time.

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Reading Progress

May 16, 2019 – Started Reading
May 16, 2019 – Shelved
May 19, 2019 –
page 82
May 20, 2019 –
page 132
May 21, 2019 –
page 202
May 23, 2019 –
page 256
May 23, 2019 – Finished Reading
June 2, 2019 – Shelved as: horror-monsters-ghosts
June 2, 2019 – Shelved as: linked-short-stories
June 2, 2019 – Shelved as: supernatural
June 2, 2019 – Shelved as: wfc-2018-swag
June 2, 2019 – Shelved as: contemporary-fantasy

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