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Young Woman in a Garden: Stories by Delia…

Young Woman in a Garden: Stories

by Delia Sherman

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This book is a collection of Delia Sherman’s short fiction, featuring ghosts, mermen, and fairies.

Some of the stories are quite good, particularly the ghost stories. “The Red Piano” is especially creepy, and the collection is worth reading just for this story. Next door neighbours have matching pianos, and the situation is much less innocent than it seems. “The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor,”adds a steampunk twist to the ghost story genre.

“The Parwat Ruby” was another standout. A man wills his treasured ruby ring to his sister, but the family fights over the ring; the resulting karmic smackdown was both unexpected and satisfying.

These stories are written in an old-fashioned style, which sometimes works, and sometimes doesn’t. Some of the stories were set in the past, so the writing style helped to set the scene, while the modern day stories were weighed down by the old-fashioned language.

The ebook expired only one week after the download, a decision from the publisher that meant the gnomes didn’t get to read the last few stories.

This review originally appeared at gnomereviews.ca. ( )
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"Praise for Delia Sherman's previous books:"Multilayered, compassionate, and thought-provoking."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Fantastic in every sense of the word, Sherman's second novel (Through a Brazen Mirror) is a skillfully crafted fairy tale that owes as much to E.T.A. Hoffman as to Charles Perrault. The Porcelain Dove is no dainty vertu but a seductive, sinister bird with razored feathers."--Publishers Week-lyIn her vivid and sly, gentle and wise, long-anticipated first collection, Delia Sherman takes seemingly insignificant moments in the lives of artists or sailors--the light out a window, the two strokes it takes to turn a small boat--and finds the ghosts haunting them, the magic surrounding them. Here are the lives that make up larger histories, here are tricksters and gardeners, faeries and musicians, all glittering and sparkling, finding beauty and hope and always unexpected, a touch of wild magic.Delia Sherman was born in Japan and raised in New York City. Her work has appeared most recently in the anthologies Naked City, Steampunk!, and Queen Victoria's Book of Spells. She is the author of six novels including The Porcelain Dove (a New York Times Notable Book), The Freedom Maze, and Changeling, and has received the Mythopoeic and Norton awards. She lives in New York City. "--"In her vivid and wise long anticipated first collection, Delia Sherman takes seemingly insignificant moments in the lives of artists or sailors -- the light out a window, the two strokes it takes to turn a small boat -- and finds the ghosts haunting them, the magic surrounding them"--… (more)

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