“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 magicrising from the every day into the universe itself.
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
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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.
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