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The Best of Kage Baker
     

The Best of Kage Baker

by Kage Baker, J. K. Potter (Illustrator)
 

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Kage Baker's death in 2010 silenced one of the most distinctive, consistently engaging voices in contemporary fiction. A late starter, Baker published her first short stories in 1997, at the age of forty-five. From then until the end of her life, she wrote prolifically and well, leaving an astonishing body of work behind.

The Best of Kage Baker is a treasure

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Kage Baker's death in 2010 silenced one of the most distinctive, consistently engaging voices in contemporary fiction. A late starter, Baker published her first short stories in 1997, at the age of forty-five. From then until the end of her life, she wrote prolifically and well, leaving an astonishing body of work behind.

The Best of Kage Baker is a treasure trove that gathers together twenty stories and novellas, eleven of which have never been collected anywhere. The volume is bookended by a pair of tales from her best known and best loved creation: The Company, with its vivid cast of time traveling immortals. In 'Noble Mold,' Mendoza the botanist and Joseph, the ancient 'facilitator,' find themselves in 19th century California, where a straightforward acquisition grows unexpectedly complex, requiring, in the end, a carefully engineered 'miracle.' In 'The Carpet Beds of Sutro Park,' an autistic Company operative named Ezra encounters a lost soul named Kristy Ann, and finds a way to give her back the world that she has lost.

Among the volume's many other highlights are a pair of brilliant Company novellas: the Hugo Award-nominated 'Son, Observe the Time' and 'Welcome to Olympos, Mr. Hearst,' a tour de force set in the Hollywood of the 1930s and featuring an encounter with legendary newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. There is also a generous assortment of equally brilliant standalone tales, including 'Calamari Curls,' the account of a faded resort town that takes a surprising turn into Lovecraftian terrain, and the World Fantasy Award-nominated 'Caverns of Mystery,' in which ancient stories play themselves out repeatedly, shaping and altering the world around them.

These are only a few of the pleasures waiting within this book. The Best of Kage Baker is exactly what the title proclaims: the best short work of a gifted and irreplaceable writer. Anyone with an interest in first-rate imaginative fiction--anyone with an interest in lovingly crafted fiction of any kind--needs to read this book.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
This miscellany of 20 stories by the late Baker (1952�2010) doesn’t quite earn its title—some of her most lauded stories are missing—but it handily deepens the backgrounds of her novels (the Company series, the Anvil of the World trilogy, etc.). The strongest works show her evident interest in her home state of California: paying homage to its famous tragedies, like the 1906 San Francisco earthquake (“Son Observe the Time”); its infamous personalities (“Welcome to Olympus, Mr. Hearst”); and its timeless legends, like the weeping mother, La Llorona (“Caverns of Mystery”), while poking fun at its desire to gentrify its downscale locales (“Calamari Curls”). Readers new to Baker may be bewildered by her densely built universes, but will also be rewarded by her visits to “those places where the jagged edges of the world showed.” Agent: Linn Prentis Literary. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596064423
Publisher:
Subterranean Press
Publication date:
04/28/2012
Edition description:
Deluxe
Pages:
501
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)

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