The Honey Monthby Amal El-Mohtar
A fascinating experiment in literary synesthesia in which the scents, tastes and textures of assorted honeys are transmuted into a wordsmith's cycle of fey mischief. These bewitching poems and stories unwind a fevered world of magic and longing and young women who chance the uncanny and gain wisdom beyond their years.
and chancy stories and poems over days in delicious slow loops of sweetness. The artist of me applauds her painterly skill: the colour of these words is amber-ochre. And I was smitten by the utter sensuousness of this wonderfully flavoursome book.”
with spoons at the ready. Yes, it will make you that hungry, that desirous of the sticky, glorious stuff...So it is great fun to read Amal’s salute to the glorious stuff in sensual, dreamy works of mythic poetry and short fiction."
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Meet the Author
Amal El-Mohtar is a first-generation Lebanese-Canadian, currently pursuing a PhD in English literature at the Cornwall campus of the University of Exeter. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in a range of publications both online and in print, including Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, Shimmer, Cabinet des Fées, Sybil's Garage, Mythic Delirium, and Ideomancer; her short fiction has also been broadcast on Podcastle. She won the 2009 Rhysling Award with her poem “Song for an Ancient City,” and co-edits Goblin Fruit, an online quarterly dedicated to fantastical poetry, with Jessica P. Wick.
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The word that kept coming to mind with the flood of sensual delights that came from the descriptions of intoxicating and exotic honeys along with the hothouse prose and poems was "delirious." Everything rushes over the reader in a flood of sensation. The compact fictions and poems never feel rushed or uninspired. I enjoyed the casual encounter with a pixen in a field, the best. A casual gift of a shirt becomes an obligation that the narrator is smart enough to negotiate away, which is a rare and insightful thing to do considering the whole history of folk and fairy tales. Of course, afterwards, the narrator goes back for an adventure. A thoroughly delightful treat, and highly recommended.