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Browsing all articles tagged with magical realism.

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
5

I first discovered magical realism in twelfth grade, when my English teacher assigned us to read One Hundred Years of Solitude. It was a wonderful book – and still is – but I wasn’t quite sure how to define it. It was definitely historical, even if I couldn’t quite figure out exactly where in history […]

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Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck

Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck
5

With Jagannath, I return to two genres I have visited in earlier reviews: short stories and Scandinavian fiction. One of my very first reviews for this site was a collection of speculative fiction set during the Age of Discovery, dealing with subjects as varied as the invention of a new sort of clock to Darwin’s […]

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E. J. Swift Interview – Paris Adrift

E. J. Swift Interview – Paris Adrift 

E. J. Swift is the author of the Osiris Project trilogy, whose three novels Osiris (2012) Cataviero (2013) and Tamaruq (2015) explore a world transfigured by climate change, in a water-bound city in which the elite live in luxury whilst the have-nots live in poverty. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in Interzone, and the […]

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Everfair by Nisi Shawl

Everfair by Nisi Shawl
4

“The settlers of Everfair had come here naively at best, arrogantly at worst. Due to the orders of the king they had found the country seemingly empty. In the fight against Leopold, their assistance had been most valuable, and they had also brought to the cause the help of Europeans and Americans who would never […]

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Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle

Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle
4.25

Like a warm summer afternoon, Peter S. Beagle’s upcoming novel, Summerlong, is charmingly quiet yet deeply thoughtful, with an ambiance that will keep readers spellbound to the final page. Beagle’s first full-length novel since Tamsin published in 1999, Summerlong features an older couple, Abe and Joanna, who initially seem content with their lives. The pair […]

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The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough

The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough
4.5

There is a language to dying. It creeps like a shadow alongside the passing years and the taste of it hides in the corners of our mouths. It finds us whether we are sick or healthy. It is a secret hushed thing that lives in the whisper of the nurses’ skirts as they rustle up […]

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The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
5

My first experience with magical realism is quite possibly something I’ve already forgotten. I read a great deal when I was younger (and still do, though I don’t have as much time to be as undiscriminating as I was then), and part of that reading involved short stories which were very strange and not at […]

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Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
4.5

Kelly Link’s unique take on the fantastic twists through a whimsical maelstrom of inventiveness in her award-winning short story collection, Magic for Beginners. Strands of myth, sci-fi and fable mingle with characters that yearn, mock, steal and bicker through the nine stories that make up this collection – nine short(ish) stories that give the impression […]

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Redemption In Indigo by Karen Lord

Redemption In Indigo by Karen Lord
4.5

There’s a small, but flourishing, group of Caribbean writers of African descent working in SFF at the moment, and I’m starting to read their work and, so far, finding it excellent. The language of this book of Karen Lord’s, for instance, is highly competent, more so than in all but a few books I’ve read (like me, […]

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Light Boxes by Shane Jones

Light Boxes by Shane Jones
3

In Shane Jones’ compact, experimental fairy tale, the month of February has lasted for hundreds of days. Winter persists, unshakeable. The skies over a small, nameless town have grown cold and one by one the children begin to disappear. All forms of flight have been banned, leading the disgruntled townsfolk to declare war upon February, […]

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Quiz: First Lines of Fantasy Subgenres

Quiz: First Lines of Fantasy Subgenres 

After an exhaustive survey of fantasy subgenres in my past articles, I wanted to make one other comparison of the categories, arranged as a type of quiz. This fun activity was to satisfy my own curiosity. I wondered if fantasy subgenres were recognizable by their first lines. Below is a matching exercise. Here’s how it […]

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The Shadowy Realistic Types of Fantasy: Magical Realism, Mythic Fiction, and Mythpunk

The Shadowy Realistic Types of Fantasy: Magical Realism, Mythic Fiction, and Mythpunk 

In my survey of fantasy subgenres, I’ve saved a comparison of perhaps the most elusive until the end of my series. These three purposely walk the line between reality and fantasy, playing with readers’ minds as part of their appeal. Some term these categories literary rather than genre fiction. I consider them fantasy, and they […]

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