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Catherynne Valente is nonbinary and uses any/all pronouns.

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Series

Works by Catherynne M. Valente

Deathless (2011) 1,685 copies
In the Night Garden (2006) 1,594 copies
Palimpsest (2009) 1,303 copies
Space Opera (2018) 1,271 copies
Radiance (2015) 887 copies
Six-Gun Snow White (2013) 549 copies
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (2015) 468 copies
Comfort Me With Apples (2021) 429 copies
The Refrigerator Monologues (2017) 408 copies
Silently and Very Fast (2011) 327 copies
The Glass Town Game (2017) 309 copies
The Past Is Red (2021) 303 copies
The Melancholy of Mechagirl (2013) 235 copies
The Labyrinth (2006) 184 copies
Speak Easy (2015) 174 copies
The Folded World (2011) 164 copies
The Grass-Cutting Sword (2006) 111 copies
Oracles: A Pilgrimage (2005) 102 copies
Apocrypha (2005) 89 copies
Mass Effect: Annihilation (2019) 87 copies
Ventriloquism (2010) 67 copies
Under in the Mere (2009) 33 copies
To Spin a Darker Stair (2012) 21 copies
L'Espirit de L'Escalier (2021) 21 copies
Fade to White 17 copies
The Book of Apex: Volume 3 of Apex Magazine (2012) — Editor — 15 copies
Space Oddity (2024) 15 copies
The Spindle of Necessity (2012) 10 copies
The Fairyland Boxed Set (2021) 10 copies
Apex Magazine 18 (November 2010) (2010) — Editor — 10 copies
Apex Magazine 17 (October 2010) (2010) — Editor — 7 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 55 (2021) 6 copies
The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild — Author — 6 copies
Thread: A Triptych (2006) 6 copies
Apex Magazine 24 (May 2011) (2011) — Editor — 5 copies
Apex Magazine 20 (January 2011) (2011) — Editor — 5 copies
Secretario 4 copies
Apex Magazine 15 (August 2010) — Editor — 4 copies
Urchins, While Swimming (2006) 4 copies
The Consultant 4 copies
Matryoshka (2018) 3 copies
Apex Magazine 29 (October 2011) (2011) — Editor — 3 copies
Apex Magazine 19 (December 2010) (2010) — Editor — 3 copies
Ghosts of Gunkanjima (2006) 3 copies
Apex Magazine 16 (September 2010) — Editor — 3 copies
Apex Magazine 27 (August 2011) (2011) — Editor — 3 copies
Apex Magazine 28 (September 2011) (2011) — Editor — 2 copies
Bones Like Black Sugar (2005) 2 copies
The Ice Puzzle 2 copies
Snow Day 2 copies
Olumsuz 1 copy
Apex Magazine 25 (June 2011) (2011) — Editor — 1 copy
Apex Magazine 21 (February 2011) — Editor — 1 copy
The Quidnunx 1 copy
Apex Magazine 26 (July 2011) (2011) — Editor — 1 copy

Associated Works

Welcome to Bordertown (2011) — Contributor — 502 copies
Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales (2009) — Contributor — 350 copies
The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (2016) — Contributor — 332 copies
The Living Dead 2 (2010) — Contributor — 319 copies
Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded (2010) — Contributor — 306 copies
Teeth: Vampire Tales (2011) — Contributor — 302 copies
By Blood We Live (2009) — Contributor — 299 copies
Press Start to Play (2015) — Contributor — 260 copies
Other Worlds Than These (2012) — Contributor — 247 copies
Robots vs Fairies (2018) — Contributor — 229 copies
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (2012) — Contributor — 229 copies
Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing (2007) — Contributor — 225 copies
Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold (2016) — Contributor — 222 copies
Tails of Wonder and Imagination: Cat Stories (2010) — Contributor — 219 copies
Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy (2008) — Contributor — 217 copies
Federations (2009) — Contributor — 208 copies
Haunted Legends (2010) — Contributor — 186 copies
Twenty-First Century Science Fiction (2013) — Contributor — 183 copies
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 169 copies
The Future is Japanese (2012) — Contributor — 168 copies
Nevertheless She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project (2020) — Contributor — 152 copies
Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution (2012) — Contributor — 151 copies
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 (2017) — Contributor — 144 copies
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Six (2012) — Contributor, some editions — 139 copies
Lightspeed: Year One (2011) — Contributor — 139 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 135 copies
Year's Best SF 16 (2011) — Contributor — 128 copies
Salon Fantastique: Fifteen Original Tales of Fantasy (2006) — Contributor — 128 copies
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Three (2011) — Contributor — 114 copies
The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women (2014) — Contributor — 110 copies
Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom (2012) — Contributor — 108 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010 Edition (2010) — Contributor — 106 copies
Ravens in the Library: Magic in the Bard's Name (2009) — Contributor — 105 copies
Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness (2008) — Contributor — 104 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2010 Edition (2010) — Contributor — 93 copies
Wastelands: The New Apocalypse (2019) — Contributor — 90 copies
Magic City: Recent Spells (2014) — Contributor — 90 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2012 Edition (2012) — Contributor — 90 copies
Drowned Worlds (2016) — Contributor — 86 copies
Some of the Best of Tor.com 2021 Edition (2022) — Contributor — 81 copies
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2022 (2022) — Contributor — 79 copies
Dark Faith (2010) — Contributor — 76 copies
Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women (2015) — Contributor — 76 copies
The Best of Subterranean (2017) — Contributor — 75 copies
Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep (2015) — Contributor — 74 copies
Realms: The First Year of Clarkesworld Magazine (2008) — Contributor — 72 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2012 Edition (2013) — Contributor — 71 copies
Clockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness (2009) — Contributor — 69 copies
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2023 (2023) — Contributor — 68 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2013 Edition (2013) — Contributor — 64 copies
The Bestiary (2016) — Contributor — 58 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2016 Edition (2016) — Contributor — 58 copies
Mythic Journeys: Retold Myths and Legends (2019) — Contributor — 57 copies
The Best of Uncanny (2019) — Contributor — 56 copies
Clash of the Geeks — Contributor — 56 copies
The Weight of Words (2017) — Contributor — 53 copies
The Humanity of Monsters (2015) — Contributor — 50 copies
War and Space: Recent Combat (2012) — Author — 50 copies
Someone in Time: Tales of Time-Crossed Romance (2022) — Contributor — 49 copies
Best New Fantasy (2006) — Contributor — 47 copies
Unplugged: The Web's Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy (2009) — Contributor — 45 copies
Far Out: Recent Queer Science Fiction and Fantasy (2021) — Contributor — 44 copies
Sleeping Beauty, Indeed & Other Lesbian Fairytales (2006) — Contributor — 41 copies
Clarkesworld: Year Six (2014) — Contributor — 39 copies
Clarkesworld: Year Three (2013) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on tor.com (2013) — Contributor — 38 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 100 (January 2015) (2015) — Contributor — 38 copies
Aliens: Recent Encounters (2013) — Contributor — 38 copies
Edited By (2020) — Contributor — 37 copies
Robots: The Recent A.I. (2012) — Contributor — 34 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 9 (2009) — Contributor — 34 copies
Street Magicks (2016) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Book of Apex: Volume 4 of Apex Magazine (2013) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017 Edition (2017) — Contributor — 26 copies
Clarkesworld: Year Four (2013) — Contributor — 26 copies
The Stories in Between: A Between Books Anthology (2009) — Contributor — 24 copies
The Lone Star Stories Reader (2008) — Contributor — 23 copies
Japanese Dreams: Fantasies, Fictions & Fairytales (2009) — Introduction — 22 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume Two (2021) — Contributor — 18 copies
Cabinet Des Fées (2006) — Contributor — 17 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 92 • January 2018 (2018) — Contributor — 17 copies
Uncanny Magazine Issue 18: September/October 2017 (2017) — Contributor — 17 copies
Apex Magazine 50 (July 2013) (2013) — Contributor — 16 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 071 (August 2012) (2012) — Author — 14 copies
Uncanny Magazine Issue 4: May/June 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 14 copies
The Best of Electric Velocipede (2014) — Contributor — 14 copies
Mythic (2006) — Contributor — 13 copies
Jabberwocky (2006) — Contributor — 11 copies
Uncanny Magazine Issue 11: July/August 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 10 copies
The Moment of Change (2012) — Contributor — 10 copies
Mythic 2 (2006) — Contributor — 9 copies
Clarkesworld Year Nine: Volume One (2018) — Contributor — 8 copies
Sharp & Sugar Tooth: Women Up To No Good (2019) — Contributor — 8 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy: Volume One (2022) — Contributor — 8 copies
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #200 (2016) — Contributor — 7 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 78 • November 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 7 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 061 (October 2011) (2011) — Contributor — 7 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 062 (November 2011) (2011) — Author, some editions — 6 copies
Uncanny Magazine Issue 49: November/December 2022 (2022) — Contributor — 6 copies
Come Join Us by the Fire Season 2 (2020) — Contributor — 6 copies
Current Futures: A Sci-Fi Ocean Anthology — Contributor — 6 copies
Jabberwocky 3 (2007) — Contributor — 5 copies
Jabberwocky 2 (2005) — Contributor — 5 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 063 (December 2011) (2011) — Author — 5 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 150 (March 2019) (2019) — Contributor — 5 copies
StarShipSofa Stories Volume 3 — Contributor — 4 copies
Fantasy Magazine, Issue 52 (July 2011) (2011) — Contributor — 3 copies
Lightspeed Magazine 2012 Sampler (2012) — Contributor — 3 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 047 (August 2010) — Author — 2 copies
Faerie Magazine, #35 Summer 2016 (2016) — Featured Author — 1 copy

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I found this book really confusing and didn't really get on with it at any point. I've always thought the title was fascinating, but the book just didn't work for me.
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mari_reads | 71 other reviews | May 10, 2024 |
[a:Catherynne M. Valente|338705|Catherynne M. Valente|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1220999852p2/338705.jpg]'s award-winning [b:In the Night Garden|6156690|In the Night Garden (The Orphan's Tales, #1)|Catherynne M. Valente|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1432316335s/6156690.jpg|196179] is a stunning achievement. A girl, cursed with mysterious dark colouring around her eyes, lives wild in the magnificent gardens of a royal palace. One day she's sought out by a boy prince, to whom she reveals her secret: the dark rings around her eyes are actually infinitesimally tiny writing spelling out magical stories. She begins to tell him what's written on her skin. Her tales twist, branch and fold back upon one another in marvelous intricacy. Witches, skin-changers, djinns, wizards, living Stars, maidens, monsters, orphans and many other fantastic creations populate Valente's richly woven tapestry. This novel is such a gorgeous thing to experience because it brings back the childhood joy of discovering the magic of storytelling and just how far a really good story can take you.… (more)
 
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punkinmuffin | 74 other reviews | Apr 30, 2024 |
This was difficult to start, but so easy to finish. It took a while for me to get into Valente's ultra-whimsical writing style, but by the middle of the book I couldn't put it down.

Definitely will be reading the rest of this series.
 
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mrsandersonreads23 | 258 other reviews | Apr 14, 2024 |
All Osmo Unknown wants is to venture out beyond his small town of Littlebridge - and to be known as something other than a turnip. One day, his mother accidentally kills a Quidnunk, a fearsome and intelligent creature that lives deep in the woods. This shouldn’t have anything to do with Osmo, except there was a treaty between the Quidnunx and the people of Littlebridge that was forged hundreds of years ago.

Accompanied by a half-badger/half-wombat named Bonk and an antisocial pangolin girl named Never, Omsmo must embark on a quest to find the Eightpenny Woods - the kingdom where all the forest creatures go when they die - to make amends.

This took me a little bit to get into it. I knew it was going to be good, but my attention for it didn’t truly catch on until a little over 100 pages in, once all the group had been assembled.

As much as Bonk initially annoyed me, the more and more I got to know him, the more I understood and liked him. I even started writing down my favorite insult names he used: ornery wee fork, ya dropped egg, absolute doorknob, trashcake supreme. I loved Never off the bat and loved every inch of her antisocial self.

There’s a narrator you see only in the beginning and towards the end, that breaks the fourth wall between the narrator and the reader - otherwise it’s told in third person through Osmo’s POV.

I can see middle grade readers really enjoying this and walking away from the last few pages feeling like they themselves went on an adventure. Even as an adult, I felt that I was just told the most fabulous story sitting around a campfire. Give it a few more pages when you’re getting into it than you probably usually do - but you won’t regret it!
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oldandnewbooksmell | 2 other reviews | Mar 25, 2024 |

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Michael J. Deluca Contributor
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Peter M. Ball Contributor
Justin Stewart Cover artist
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W. Lyon Martin Illustrator
Preston Grassmann Contributor
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Carly B. Sorge Cover artist
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Works
162
Also by
135
Members
19,838
Popularity
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Rating
3.9
Reviews
1,077
ISBNs
320
Languages
10
Favorited
104

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