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Earth by Rhonda Parrish
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bookshelves: 2019, anthology, arc, fantasy, magic, paranormal, short-story

wonderfully inventive

Rhonda Parish continues her collection of elementally themed short stories with Earth: Giants, Golems, and Gargoyles. It's a challenging undertaking; 'earth' being not only one of the four cardinal elements, but also the planet on which we live, the soil which grows and nourishes all life, and the raw material of human construction (bricks, pottery, mined minerals, etc.) It's pretty difficult to encapsulate al that in a few short stories, but this anthology succeeds moderately well. Equally divided between magical, earth-religious, and future-tech points of view, the stories cluster around themes of permanence, retribution, and alt/reality. Sometimes the characters are human, at other times strange creatures of earth, stone, wood, and spirit interact with each other and with humanity. Although I found the anthology's theme unfocused and barely able to hold up under the wide latitude of interpretation, the creativity, imagination, and remarkable associations put forth by this group of authors is mind-blowing entertainment, not to mention food for thought. I truly enjoyed each story on its own, and for that reason, i'm recommending this anthology to fans of the magical, the mystical, and the elemental. There is something here for each of earth's children - you need only dig in and mine the literary gold.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Started Reading
August 12, 2019 – Shelved
August 12, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019
August 12, 2019 – Shelved as: anthology
August 12, 2019 – Shelved as: arc
August 12, 2019 – Shelved as: fantasy
August 12, 2019 – Shelved as: magic
August 12, 2019 – Shelved as: paranormal
August 12, 2019 – Shelved as: short-story
August 12, 2019 – Finished Reading

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