marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

Wonders of the Invisible World

Wonders of the Invisible World by Patricia A. McKillip

A collection of her short stories, in her exquisite, gemlike prose singing of wonders.

The weakest one is, I think, the opening one, "Wonders of the Invisible World," because the singing prose does not work so wonderfully when dealing with fakes, even in places.  But the rest all unleash it on wonders and marvels and enchantments.  Some of the shorter ones are more mood pieces than stories, but conjure up exquisite little scenes, and the longer ones are definitely stories.

Some are set in the contemporary world, some in historical eras, some in worlds that never were.  A couple of the historical ones seemed a bit weak but that may have been just contrast with their setting.
Tags: fiction reviews: contemporary fantasy, fiction reviews: fantasy (other), fiction reviews: high fantasy, fiction reviews: short story collections, patricia a. mckillip

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