Back in the 80s, I read McKillip’s Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy. Since then, I completely lost contact with the works of this wonderful author. So, I was drawn to this brand-new collection from Tachyon Publishing, as I wanted to rediscover her. I found that her stories are wonderfully written but sometimes not my taste. All the stories have in common McKillip’s beautiful, evocative language. They are more dreamy than action-oriented. Fans will love the three previously unpublished stories and her writing essay. Most prominent in this collection is the fact that it contains a complete, although short novel: Something Rich and Strange. My favourite story was The Gorgon in the Cupboard.
I recommend this collection, as you get a novel plus lots of good short stories and a great novella for the price of one book.
- ★★★ • Weird • 2013 • short story • open-ended intimate play without context or names of two people who are sieged in a bathroom by mysterious forces.
- ★★★ • Mer • 2016 (original to this collection) • short story • a nameless witch wakes after 100 years to find that a goddess in the form of a mermaid wants to body-switch. It is a story of the people challenged by her and changing with the encounter.
- ★★★★ • The Gorgon in the Cupboard • 2004 • novella • Victorian painter meets muse and model • review
- ★★★ • Which Witch • 2012 • Urban Fantasy short story • familiar tries to warn his witch • review
- ★★ • Edith and Henry Go Motoring • 2016 (original to this collection) • short story • Fin-de-siècle story of the eponymous pair and their driver going to a weird landscape leading to an abandoned house. I didn’t grog this psychological journey.
- ★★★ • Alien • 2016 (original to this collection) • short story • Grandmother tells about her encounter with aliens and everyone thinks she went cuckoo. After a while, they start to question her. It is a story about family relationship and hope.
- ★★ • Something Rich and Strange • 1994 • magic realism novel • Artists meet Mer-people • review
- ★ • Writing High Fantasy • 2016 (original to this collection) • essay • nice for fans but not worth the reading for others