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Wonders of the Invisible World (2012)

por Patricia A. McKillip

Outros autores: Thomas Canty (Artista da capa), Charles De Lint (Introdução)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Mythology. Short Stories. HTML:

Pass through fairy tales into the magic of invisible worlds in these opulent stories by a beloved fantasy icon and author of the classic Riddlemaster trilogy. Patricia McKillip has inspired generations of dedicated readers with enchanting tales that are as romantic as they are unexpected. Her lush, mesmerizing narratives are as deliciously bittersweet as the finest chocolate and as intoxicating as the finest wine.
The bewitching wonders offered here include 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. You'll discover a ravishing undine and her mortal bridegroom who is more infatuated with politics than pleasure, a time-traveling angel forbidden to intervene in Cotton Mather's religious ravings, a wizard seduced in his youth by the Faerie Queen returning with a treasure that is rightfully hers, and an overachieving teenage mage tricked into discovering her true name very close to home.

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An excellent short story collection, all by McKillip. These are very well written stories that either introduce a character or concept and give it enough time to be fully developed. A couple are almost novella length. 'Naming Day' and 'Byndley' might be my favorites. ( )
  Karlstar | Nov 24, 2021 |
Easing my way back into short story collections. This one started off a little rough for me, as the first couple of stories had what I felt were less-than-satisfactory endings. By that I mean that I felt that (usually) the story just ended before a resolution, or the ending was so vague as to stain the rest of the story, or that the resolution came out of nowhere. Also - it's extremely possible that I'm just not smart enough to read this author's work.
In any event, I'm definitely not on her wavelength, as most of these stories just did not LAND for me, and I was so put off by the endings of the first stories that I had to fight to keep reading them, even after I'd encountered better ones. The final straw, though, was Xmas Cruise, which was the only one that I'd felt actually wasted my time. I threw in the towel after that.

Wonders of the Invisible World : 3 Stars
Out of the Woods : 3
The Kelpie : 4
Hunter’s Moon : 5
Oak Hill : 3
The Fortune-Teller : 3
Jack O’Lantern : 4
Knight of the Well : 4
Naming Day : 4
Byndley : 4
The Twelve Dancing Princesses : 4
Undine : 4
Xmas Cruise : 1
A Gift To Be Simple : DNF
The Old Woman and the Storm : DNF
The Doorkeeper of Khaat : DNF
What Inspires Me: : DNF ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
I have often wondered why Patricia A. McKillip can create such fantastical worlds of individual books and yet rarely does a series. I finally found my answer in the back of this collection of her short stories. The editor included a speech McKillip gave at WisCon 28 in 2004 on the subject, "What Inspires Me." McKillop said, "What I set out to do fifteen years ago was to write a series of novels that were like paintings in a gallery by the same artist. Each work is different, but they are all related to one another by two things: they are all fantasy, and they are all by the same person. That's all I wanted to do."

Brava, Ms. McKillip as you have succeeded. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
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Title: Wonders of the Invisible World
Series: ----------
Author: Patricia McKillip
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 276
Words: 98.5K

Synopsis:


"Introduction" by Charles de Lint

"Wonders of the Invisible World" (from Full Spectrum 5, Aug. 1995) - a researcher goes back in time to record Cotton Mather's religious visions, finding his ravings not what they expected.

"Out of the Woods" (from Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy, Jun. 2004) - a reflection on how magic is often missed by those searching for it.

"The Kelpie" (from The Fair Folk, Jan. 2005) - a story of courtship and obsession illustrating the overlap between life and art.

"Hunter's Moon" (from The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, May 2002) - a seductive, chilling encounter with the dangers of Faerie.

"Oak Hill" (from The Essential Bordertown, Aug. 1998) - an ugly young woman on the way to Bordertown is trapped in a terrifying cityscape known as Oak Hill, and explores it in search of magic.

"The Fortune-Teller" (from The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, Jun. 2007) - a young woman thieves a pack of strange cards from an unconscious roadside fortune-teller.

"Jack O'Lantern" (from Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy, Apr. 2006) - a young girl struggling with the impending marriage of her sister seeks out magic during a picnic, fearing it will her last chance before she grows up.

"Knight of the Well" (from A Book of Wizards, May 2008) - a society built around the veneration of water finds that element inexplicably rejecting them.

"Naming Day" (from Wizards: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy, May 2007) - a teenage witch who cannot decide on her magical name is compelled to chase after an imp during the titular Naming Day Ceremony.

"Byndley" (from Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sep. 2003) - a man who once escaped the world of faerie seeks to return that which he stole.

"The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (from A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales, Jul. 2000) - a macabre retelling of a traditional fairy tale.

"Undine" (from The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm, Jun. 2004) - a water spirit falls victim to her own prey.

"Xmas Cruise" (from Christmas Forever, Nov. 1993) - a surreal tale that follows two couples aboard an environmentalism cruise.

"A Gift to Be Simple" (from Not of Woman Born, Mar. 1999) - a fictional pseudo-Christian religious faction realize that their numbers are dwindling and decide to take drastic action.

"The Old Woman and the Storm" (from Imaginary Lands, Dec. 1985) - an allegory.

"The Doorkeeper of Khaat" (from Full Spectrum 2, Apr. 1989) - a science fiction tale regarding two alien species with very different cultures, and the poet who attempts to cross that divide in search of meaning and art.

"What Inspires Me: Guest of Honor Speech at WisCon 28, 2004"

My Thoughts:

I was sure that when I read Harrowing the Dragon last year that that was my last McKillip read until I started the cycle again. I'm not even sure how I stumbled across this book of her short stories but stumble I did and so I have one final McKillip to read and review.

McKillip is an odd duck when it comes to short stories. Some of them are so fantastic that you wonder why she doesn't stick with the format. Then you read some others and are like “Oh, that is why”. Some of these just ended, like she'd taken a butcher's knife to the story. It was very disconcerting. Others, you could see the same genius flitting about the story that she exhibits when writing her novels.

I did enjoy the final chapter where she talks about her life and writing. Now, as many of you know, I am firmly of the camp of “Authors are not People” so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading her recollections. I do need to track this down in hardcover and get a copy for my collection.

★★★★☆
  BookstoogeLT | Jan 30, 2021 |
This collection is full of good, solid fantasy stories. For me, the two standouts were:

Byndley: This one played on my fascination with back roads, shortcuts and borders and it confirmed everything I have suspected.

The Kelpie: Everyone's favorite, it seems. If I am ever able to find that borderland wormhole that will allow me to travel through time, I am sooooooo going to visit the Pre Raphaelite painters and I imagine it will be very similar to this story. ( )
  Equestrienne | Jan 5, 2021 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. Mythology. Short Stories. HTML:

Pass through fairy tales into the magic of invisible worlds in these opulent stories by a beloved fantasy icon and author of the classic Riddlemaster trilogy. Patricia McKillip has inspired generations of dedicated readers with enchanting tales that are as romantic as they are unexpected. Her lush, mesmerizing narratives are as deliciously bittersweet as the finest chocolate and as intoxicating as the finest wine.
The bewitching wonders offered here include 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. You'll discover a ravishing undine and her mortal bridegroom who is more infatuated with politics than pleasure, a time-traveling angel forbidden to intervene in Cotton Mather's religious ravings, a wizard seduced in his youth by the Faerie Queen returning with a treasure that is rightfully hers, and an overachieving teenage mage tricked into discovering her true name very close to home.

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