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I've never been able to resist a good fairy tale, and here is an entire volume of them, done up as only Patricia A. McKillip could do. Of course when we grow up they're called short stories and they're harder to write and we get more critical reading them. As short stories, this collection is delicious and satisfying, properly making us think, and leaving us thinking still, long after we?ve finished. . As fairy tales, they ought to evoke a fear or two, and these have just enough shadow to do the trick. Crafted with the precision of a master sculptor, it's as if McKillip had read into my soul and then wrote stories to challenge and reflect it. . The book opens with the title story, Harrowing the Dragon. A slightly veiled creation story, with a real dragon and a real hero, it explores the timeless issues of the individual vs. the collective, new vs. old, destruction in the name of protection, even environmental damage and unintended consequences. And that?s only the first story. . If you?re looking for a bit of substance with your entertainment, this might just be the thing. If you have yet to discover the joy of short stories, Start Here. And if you already know the work of Patricia A.McKillip, you don't need a review to want to own the book.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-09-19 As shown in this excellent story collection, World Fantasy Award-winner McKillip (Od Magic) can take the most common fantasy elements-dragons and bards, sorcerers and shape-shifters-and reshape them in surprising and resonant ways. In "The Harrowing of the Dragon of Hoarsbreath," a man determined to drive off a fearsome dragon learns that pride can be as cold and monstrous as any beast. "The Snow Queen" and "The Lion and the Lark" (based on Beauty and the Beast) clothe old classics in new magic to examine the price of identity and the value of freedom. The bleak "Star-Crossed" details the official investigation into the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, while "Voyage into the Heart" tells of the heartless hunt to capture a unicorn's horn. "Baba Yaga and the Sorcerer's Son" is full of charm and humor, while the sly "Toad" reveals a frog prince who is far from innocent. Each of these tales is a gem of storytelling, a rich treasure for both fans and those yet to discover McKillip's deceptively simple magic. Agent, Howard Morhaim. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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