Best known for his genre-bending Bas-Lag novels, author China Miéville presents a collection of 28 stories, each bringing to life a strange world wherein even stranger things happen. From fantastical retellings of classic fairy tales to surreal explorations of the hidden terrors of everyday occurrences, this thought-provoking and stylistically complex book may appeal to fans of Kelly Link or Catherynne M. Valente.
The stories in this collection are fantastical, metaphorical, untidy, and sometimes open-ended. They stretched my imagination. I love this book.
The author is an excellent writer with a wide-ranging imagination. He employs many different writing styles from screenplay to gothic horror to classic SciFi. The quality of the stories was uneven, with the endings of some leaving a question of "so what?" I would still recommend the book as more than half of the stories are compelling and unsettling; a few even stay with you for a few days as you mull them over. I will definitely seek out other books by this author.
Strange and wonderful short stories that are beautifully written but make very little sense. When I read Mieville's novels it always takes me several chapters to really see the world he's invented, and the motives of his characters... in these short stories I don't have that opportunity. If you love to read and wonder, this is the book for you. If you like things to sort themselves out tidily by the end of the book, like I do, hmmm, maybe not so much.
Some stories are quite dark
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