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  • Posted December 22, 2009

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    Northwest Passages is a GREAT new book!

    A highly enjoyable read with consistently good writing and a lovely presentation, this book would make a fantastic gift IF you get two copies (because you'll want to keep one for yourself). The stories and styles are varied, but Ms. Roden handles them with confidence, insight, originality, and even humour, blended with the kind of creative tension that will keep you turning the pages to find out what comes next. She conveys the dark matter of her tales with a light but sure touch that starts as a creep, then becomes a shiver, and may proceed to pathos or terror or both. She has an excellent sense of period as displayed in several of her stories ("Endless Night," and "The Edge of Infinity" being two of the best)- so much so that the reader might wonder where the line of reality is actually drawn. "The Hiding Place" is not just a heartbreaking piece of speculative fiction, it is a fine example of the short story form. Ms. Roden's compassionate, insightful depiction of a family on the brink of destruction is as remarkable for her storytelling as for her point-of-view style work. "Tourist Trap" is a sheer delight from end to end, with a delicious, relentless build of horror, and zingers that will make you laugh while they make your skin crawl. And my favourite, "Northwest Passage," is a beautifully constructed, original, and engrossing story that left me tingling. The believability and dimensionality of the characters, the perfect pacing, and twists of the tale make it one of the finest stories I've read in ages.

    Whether you have seen some of these pieces in other publications or are coming fresh to Ms. Roden's work, these will be stories you will want to read and re-read. Their complexity invites the reader to dive again and again into their diverse worlds, while the well-fleshed characters draw compassion, curiosity, and the desire to know them better. The cover art by Stephen H. Segal is gorgeous and adds a finishing frisson to the book that makes it a real pleasure to own.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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