Starlings

Starlings

by Jo Walton

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Overview

“Starlings isn’t really a short-story collection. It’s something better: a written showreel, illustrating yet again that [Walton’s] imagination stretches to the stars (or the starlings), and that she’s endlessly inventive in finding new methods to express it.”—NPR Books

An ancient coin cyber-spies on lovers and thieves. The magic mirror sees all but can do nothing. A cloned savior solves a fanatically-inspired murder. Three Irish siblings thieve treasures with bad poetry and the aid of the Queen of Cats.

With these captivating initial glimpses into her storytelling psyche, Jo Walton shines through subtle myths and reinvented realities. Through eclectic stories, subtle vignettes, inspired poetry, and more, Walton soars with humans, machines, and magic—rising from the every day into the universe itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616960568
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 884,615
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jo Walton is a Welsh-Canadian author of science fiction, fantasy, and poetry. She has published thirteen novels, most recently Necessity. A fourteenth, Lent is due out in Fall 2017. Walton has also published three poetry collections and an essay collection. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2002, the World Fantasy Award for Tooth and Claw in 2004, the Hugo and Nebula awards for Among Others in 2012, and in 2014, both the Tiptree Award for My Real Children and the Locus Award for What Makes This Book So Great. Walton comes from Wales, has lived in England, and now lives in Montreal, where the food and books are much better.

Table of Contents

Fiction
At the Bottom of the Garden
Relentlessly Mundane
Unreliable Witness
On the Wall
What Would Sam Spade Do
What Joseph Felt
What Piece of Work
Three Twilight Tales
Parable Lost
Remember the Allosaur
Tradition
Escape to Other Worlds with Science Fiction
The Panda Coin
Joyful and Triumphant
Turnover
Sleeper
The Need to Stay the Same
A Burden Shared
Jane Austin to Cassandra
Out of It

Poems
Dragon’s Song
Not in this Town
Hades and Persephone
The Death of Petrach
Advice to Loki
Ask to Embla
Three Bears Norse
Machiavelli and Prospero
Cardenio
Ten Years Ahead: Oracle Poem
Pax in Forma Columba
Translated from the Original
Sleepless in New Orleans
The Godzilla Sonnets
Not a Bio for WisCon: Jo Walton

Three Shouts on a Hill (A Play)

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alleenna More than 1 year ago
The only thing that unites this collection is the author: the short stories are diverse, ranging from fairytale-like to SF, but all were entrancing and written with a lyrical voice that I liked quite a lot. Some ideas are incredibly good, I would have loved to see them extended / detailed into novels. I must confess I was afraid of the poetry part, but the poems read more like ballads, and I was glad to find them enjoying. I also liked the personal touch – after each work, she says a few words about it, what determined her to write it, for what publication or occasion.