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Dreams of Distant Shores (original: 2016; edição: 2016)

de Patricia A. McKillip (Autor)

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Featuring three brand-new stories and an original introduction by Peter S. Beagle, author ofThe Last Unicorn. Bestselling author Patricia A. McKillip (The Riddle-Master of Hed) is one of the most lyrical writers gracing the fantasy genre. With the debut of her newest work,Dreams of Distant Shores is a true ode to her many talents. Within these pages you will find a youthful artist possessed by both his painting and his muse and seductive travelers from the sea enrapturing distant lovers. The statue of a mermaid comes suddenly to life, and two friends are transfixed by a haunted estate. Fans of McKillip’s ethereal fiction will find much to delight them; those lucky enough to be discovering her work will find much to enchant them.… (mais)
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Título:Dreams of Distant Shores
Autores:Patricia A. McKillip (Autor)
Informação:Tachyon Publications (2016), 288 pages
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Oddly, it was the shortest of the stories here I liked the most, but they're all pretty darn nifty. Just... getting a short story to hang together, be interesting, and call out? That's a heck of a feat, and I should have figured McKillip would nail it. Utterly lovely work. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
This collection of High Fantasy short stories is mixed in with "Something Rich and Strange", a novella thrown in for very good measure, and it's easily my most favorite story of the bunch.

I've never read Patricia A. McKillip before, although hers is a name I've seen often over the years. After reading this, I'm proud to say I'm quite pleased to finally get to it. :) She's got a deep fascination with all manner of beasties, from Irish folklore to Greek, from witches of many breeds to merfolk of wonderful quantity and different quality. More than anything, though, and easily the high point of the reading, is the way she juxtaposes solidly grounded locations and situations and characters of one magical type with tropes of a completely different breed, slipping in between each realm as easily as a selkie switches between land and sea. Sure, you can say that a lot of good authors do this already, but McKillip takes it deeper, explores more fully, and never insults our intelligence.

Even from the first line of each tale, we're thrown right into the middle of things, and isn't that always what we expect in good fiction? Moreover, I was quite pleased to feel the magic, to be submerged into the awe.

Every story was more or less very good. I liked the zingers in "Weird" and "Edith and Henry Go Motoring" probably the most, while I eventually felt the best, overall, about "The Gorgon in the Cupboard", but it was really "Something Rich and Strange" that managed to blow me away. Or drown me, as the case may be. The payoff in the last story was really something to behold.

You might say it was a real treat to swim with the fishes. All these dreams of distant shores just got a lot closer, and if you're a fan of modern High Fantasy that still manages to be fresh and new, I definitely recommend this.

My only concern was the fact that while I did eventually get into the characters, it was always a bit slow-going for me. It might be only my concern and not a fault of the writing. I always enjoyed each by the end.

Thanks to Netgalley for the honor of the ARC! ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
A collection of old and new short stories and novellas that came across as a little bland, which is rather a surprise considering how much I love the stories told by Ms McKillip. ( )
  ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
Wonderful. I particularly liked the Medusa story. ( )
  mairesmith | Jan 26, 2018 |
Generally, I enjoy reading Patricia A. McKillip's work, and I enjoyed reading this book. My enjoyment was a bit up and down, though. I liked "Weird" well enough until the end, when it felt like it stopped more than ended. I just didn't connect with "Mer." So when I realized I was loving "The Gorgon in the Cupboard," I was a little anxious about its end: what if it disappointed me as well? (I needn't have worried.) I also liked "Something Rich and Strange," although not quite as much as "The Gorgon in the Cupboard." The remaining three stories were all right, but I'm already starting to forget them. At the end of the collection, McKillip has a short piece on "Writing High Fantasy," and I was interested to read about how she tries to meet the conventions of the fantasy genre while writing original stories. The afterword by Peter S. Beagle was fun to read: one good author honoring another. So, yes, a somewhat uneven collection, but I'm glad I read it. ( )
  Silvernfire | Sep 20, 2017 |
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For Dave, for so many reasons.
With thanks to Susan Allison, Jonathan Strahan, and Terrin Windling for inspiring, respectively, the Gorgon, the Crow, and the Sea Hare... And very special thanks to Jacob Weisman for keeping track of my work and putting it in order.
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Featuring three brand-new stories and an original introduction by Peter S. Beagle, author ofThe Last Unicorn. Bestselling author Patricia A. McKillip (The Riddle-Master of Hed) is one of the most lyrical writers gracing the fantasy genre. With the debut of her newest work,Dreams of Distant Shores is a true ode to her many talents. Within these pages you will find a youthful artist possessed by both his painting and his muse and seductive travelers from the sea enrapturing distant lovers. The statue of a mermaid comes suddenly to life, and two friends are transfixed by a haunted estate. Fans of McKillip’s ethereal fiction will find much to delight them; those lucky enough to be discovering her work will find much to enchant them.

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