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Pictures from an Expedition
     

Pictures from an Expedition

by Alexander C Irvine
 

A collection of fantasy and science fiction stories from the award-winning author of A Scattering of Jades, One King, One Soldier and The Narrows. Featuring 13 stories, one of them original to this collection.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in

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A collection of fantasy and science fiction stories from the award-winning author of A Scattering of Jades, One King, One Soldier and The Narrows. Featuring 13 stories, one of them original to this collection.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

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Publishers Weekly
Irvine does a good job of describing intricate, odd settings, but he's less adept at actual storytelling, as shown in the 13 tales ranging from surrealist fantasy to hard SF that constitute his first collection. One of the best, "Gus Dreams of Biting the Mailman," is a charming riff on the old idea of characters aware they're in fiction, like a Philip K. Dick story but without the tension generated by Dick's paranoia. "The Golems of Detroit" has an intriguing alternate-historical setting, a mass-production factory for rabbinically magicked clay soldiers during WWII, but there's little plot or character development. Technical descriptions of mining diamonds on Neptune delay the action in "Shepherded by Galatea." "The Lorelei," on the other hand, offers memorable characters and evokes the kind of real emotion to be found in such Irvine novels as A Scattering of Jades and The Narrows. (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
From an eerie tale of a nursery rhyme gone disastrously wrong ("For Now It's Eight O'Clock") to the subtle menace of a communal delusion among space colonists ("Volunteers"), the 13 stories collected here exemplify Irvine's astonishing storytelling ingenuity. Unexpected turns of plot and mesmerizing character studies bring these genre-crossing stories to new heights of excellence. Fine work from the author of A Scattering of Jades and The Narrows, this volume belongs in most libraries. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597800495
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
08/15/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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