Myths of Origin: Four Short Novels

By Catherynne M. Valente

  • Live the parable! New York Times best-seller Catherynne M. Valente is the only so much compelling voice to emerge in myth fiction in a long time. amassed right here for the 1st time, her early brief novels discover, deconstruct, and finally explode the seminal myths of either East and West, casting them in methods you've got by no means learn ahead of and should by no means learn again.
  • The Labyrinth — a girl wanderer, a Maze like no different, a Monkey and a Minotaur and a global jam-packed with secrets and techniques top all the way down to the heart of it All.
  • Yume No Hon: The publication of goals — an elderly lady named Ayako lives in medieval Japan, yet desires in legendary worlds that beggar the mind's eye . . . together with our personal sleek world.
  • The Grass-Cutting Sword — while a hero demanding situations a good and evil serpent, who speaks for the snake? during this model of a delusion from the traditional chronicle Kojiki, the serpent speaks for himself.
  • Under within the Mere — Arthur and Lancelot, Mordred and le Fay. The saga has been instructed one thousand occasions, yet by no means within the poetic polyphony of this novella, a narrative some distance deeper than it's long.

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The Ghost of a Model T: And Other Stories (The Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak)

Tales of nostalgia and loss in a global overrun via technology

Hank is strolling domestic from the bar whilst the version T pulls along him. It’s been a long time considering he observed a motor vehicle this outdated, and the sound of it takes him correct again to his twenties. The door is open, and whilst he climbs in, the automobile takes off—without a driving force. sooner than he understands what’s occurred, Hank is true again at sizeable Spring Pavilion, the place he spent his formative years ingesting bootleg whiskey and chasing lovely ladies. he'll locate the prior isn't really particularly as he remembered it, yet nonetheless a stunning position to move for a drive.
This assortment comprises a number of the most interesting brief fiction Clifford Simak ever wrote, together with “City,” the tale that turned the root for his liked novel of a similar identify. within the historical past of technology fiction, no writer has ever higher understood that the nice Plains and the cosmos are nearer jointly than we think.
every one tale comprises an advent by means of David W. Wixon, literary executor of the Clifford D. Simak property and editor of this ebook.

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Sauve Qui Peut: Stories

By Lawrence Durrell

For the British delegation to Vulgaria, no challenge is simply too small to turn into a main issue during this energetic tale selection of diplomatic misadventure

In the phrases of Antrobus, grasp diplomat within the King's carrier, international relations used to be "a quiet and restful exchange carried on in soothing inanity between 100 shady legations and embassies all around the globe." What replaced? What triggered this so much noble occupation to fall from grace? ladies, in fact. A diplomatic incident starts off brewing once the beautiful new French ambassador—or is it ambassadress?—arrives in Vulgaria. one of many British delegation is quickly besotted, and approximately to start his pursuit whilst a rival seems to be within the kind of roguish Italian diplomat Bonzo di Porco. simply because those are servants of the main complex governments on this planet, they settle their dispute rationally: with swords.

Jealousy, selfishness, swordplay? All are usual in Antrobus's embassy. In those 9 juicy stories, the King's diplomats might seldom be diplomatic, yet they consistently have the ability to get the activity done—with or with out bloodshed.

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Granta 125: After the War

By John Freeman

It's not simply countries which are made and destroyed through struggle - households are scattered, barriers of loyalty redrawn. the fall factor of Granta explores the aftermath of clash. Patrick French writes of an outstanding uncle whose loss of life within the moment global struggle remodeled the kinfolk line. a robust new tale by way of Thomas McGuane tells of fraternal contention and the reality of a mother's previous. a brand new essay via Aleksandar Hemon recounts a friend's separation from his father throughout the Balkan Wars. From the familial to the worldwide, here's what occurs while the guns are set down, dropped at existence in fiction, poetry, reportage and memoir.

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