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Wonders of the Invisible World

McKillip, Patricia A.

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Wonders of the Invisible World
Stylistically rooted in fairy tale and mythology, McKillip explores imperceptible landscapes in these stories. There are princesses dancing with dead suitors, a knight in love with an official of exotic lineage, and fortune's fool stealing into the present instead of the future. In one tale, a time-traveling angel is forbidden to intervene in Cotton Mather's religious ravings, while another narrative finds a wizard seduced in his youth by the Faerie Queen and returning the treasure that is rightfully hers. This collection draws elements from the fables of history and re-creates them in startlingly magical

Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Tachyon, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1616960876
Characteristics: 288 p. ;,19 cm


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May 28, 2013
  • Forward_Moment rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautifu, strange, and wonderful-as always from Patricia McKillip. I enjoyed some of her more modern settings in these short stories, not what I am used to reading of hers!

May 14, 2013
  • JCLAmyF rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Short fantasy and magical-realism stories. Very well written, about a wide range of topics. Some are very fantasy-ish, some just barely have a hint of something strange happening. What a great summer read - I love short stories and I love McKillip!

Jan 02, 2013
  • Michael Colford rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was thrilled when I found out there was a new Patricia McKillip book recently released; then mildly disappointed when I found out it was a collection of previously published short stories. Not that I had read any of the stories yet, but generally, I enjoy McKillip's novels more than her short stories.

Much to my surprise, the stories in Wonders of the Invisible World were truly wonders, and rose to the heights of some of McKillip's best writing. This gifted artist paints literary landscapes across my heart and mind whether the setting be Puritan New England, a mysterious village in the woods, or an underwater realm. She snaps characters to life with the turn of a phrase, a phrase that seems familiar in the fantasy context, yet is at once strikingly original.

There is a lot of water imagery in this collection, which delighted me. I can't recall many of her novels featuring the magic of water, and she writes it beautifully. I would love to see an entire novel devoted to the characters and setting of 'Knight of the Well,' or 'The Kelpie.'

McKillip doesn't just stick with fantasy in this collection either, but dips her hand into science fiction, as with the time travelling researcher in the title story, 'Wonders of the Invisible World.'

It was nice to see some of McKillip's less seen humor creep into several of these stories. While her creation and depiction of fantasy realms is the strongest weapon in her literary arsenal, this collection shows off the prodigious talent in her juxtaposition of fantasy with the modern world. And as is now to be expected, her stellar command of language shines through in this magnificent collection.


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