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Welcome back to the magic and pathos of Angela Slatter’s exquisitely imagined tales. The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings returns to the world of Sourdough and Other Stories (Tartarus, 2010), introducing readers to the tales that came before. Stories where coffin-makers work hard to keep the dead beneath; where a plague maiden steals away the children of an ungratefuWelcome back to the magic and pathos of Angela Slatter’s exquisitely imagined tales. The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings returns to the world of Sourdough and Other Stories (Tartarus, 2010), introducing readers to the tales that came before. Stories where coffin-makers work hard to keep the dead beneath; where a plague maiden steals away the children of an ungrateful village; where poison girls are schooled in the art of assassination; where pirates disappear from the seas; where families and the ties that bind them can both ruin and resurrect and where books carry forth fairy tales, forbidden knowledge and dangerous secrets. The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings is enhanced by eighty-six pen-and-ink illustrations by artist Kathleen Jennings....

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  • Bradley
    2019-02-01 10:46

    Always clear and hauntingly beautiful, Angela Slatter can be realistically called one of the masters of the short fiction form, balancing earthy and detailed characters and settings that suck you in against chillingly dreadful stories of degradation, revenge, and magic.Each story is poetry, but what really gets to me is the fact that each story in this collection, as with Sourdough, are connected.Not all of them are obviously connected, and in fact, between these two books, they range over great spans of time and different towns and cities, not to mention so many different characters who sometimes show up as old people in other's tales or towns whose fates have gone the way of the dodo... usually because of the envents in the previous story.Can I recommend this even more, and gloriously so? Absolutely! I'm a huge fan of world building in all its formats, but this stuff is the thing of cathedral stained glass and carefully tended trellises of roses.... with a very, very, dark bent.I know people keep saying that she's been retelling old myths and fairy tales, but I want to say that she's gone one or two steps further. She's created brand new myths to enrich and enhance the old, even writing with such heart and passion as to put all other similar attempts to shame.I can see myself reading and rereading these books for a very long time to come. They're so rich and wild and vibrant and deep. Because there's so much going on beneath the surface and in the wild world in general, and we're stuck within a very limited PoV locked within her own extremely interesting story, it's often hard to figure out exactly *when* we are in the wider tales, save for key events that show up in brief conversations or expositions, but one thing is certain: careful reading and perahps a rather large diagram or two can probably lay it all out for us.Angela Slatter is a very clear and beautiful writer. That bears repeating. She's also telling some of the most haunting tales I've ever read.But here's the best part: she never assumes we're stupid. She leaves the lion's share of the undercroft for us to explore for ourselves while the main characters dance above the graves of this old church.

  • Randolph Carter
    2019-01-28 09:54

    Astonishing fairy tale fantasy novel told through a series of loosely connected short stories. The stories could, in most cases, stand alone, but when taken as a whole, well, it's greater than the sum of its parts. The place and time are fictional, think Wales and the Dark Ages, and just about anything can happen. This is a story about women and how they saved the world's knowledge that is so bewitching that it is hard to compare it to anything else. Angela Carter comes to mind and maybe a little Neil Gaiman but maybe as good as (or better?) than anything Gaiman ever wrote. The tenuous relationship from story to story and the non-linearity of the overall narrative almost demand rereading to get the most out of it. Beautifully produced by Tartarus Press, this edition is well out of print, but more affordable editions are available anyway.

  • Geticus Polus
    2019-01-21 15:07

    Imagine yourself as a six years old rug rat with a burning passion for everything ghastly and ghostly: haunted houses, satyrs, enchanted hills, strange gaunt gentlemen, more haunted stuff and so on. Now imagine that your uncle is Ray Russell. Once a week you will visit him at his house and there you will spend all day looking with wide-eyes at those shelves with old, musty, dusty books. Please, uncle Ray, read me a story, you will say. And Uncle Ray will open a book and he will read you a story from The Bitterwood Bible. A World Fantasy Award winner, my child, he will add, trying to impress you. And of course you are impressed. And so you will listen to Uncle Ray reading you a story from this famed tome of wonder. Now, I have to admit I wished my uncle was Ray Russell and also wish I were a youngster again. But: alas, alas. I had a fine time with The Bitterwood Bible. I would call it a splendid example of girly dark fantasy. Nothing pejorative. A whimsical, picturesque, very imaginative book with plenty to offer but with no teeth.

  • Seregil of Rhiminee
    2019-02-17 07:48

    Originally published at Risinghadow.Angela Slatter's The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings was a pleasant surprise for me, because it's an excellent collection of dark fantasy stories and dark fairy-tale-like stories for adults. As a long time fan of the darker and literary side of speculative fiction I can mention that this collection is a unique and rewarding reading experience to those who love literary dark fantasy stories.Because I was deeply impressed by the author's stories and her writing style, I have to mention that I'm compelled to use superlatives in this review. The use of superlatives is warranted when writing about this collection, because it's difficult to find similar kind of beautifully written short story collections. I was so impressed by this collection that I read it twice before I began to write this review.The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings is a World Fantasy Award 2015 nominee for the best short story collection. In my opinion, it deserves to be a nominee for this prestigious award, because it's one of the best and most original fantasy short story collections published during the recent years (the beautifully written and atmospheric stories set it apart from its contemporaries).In The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Angela Slatter returns to the world of Sourdough and Other Stories (Tartarus Press, 2010). This collection is a prequel to Sourdough and Other Stories, but it can be read as a standalone collection. I haven't had an opportunity to read Sourdough and Other Stories yet, so I can't say anything about it and how the stories in this collection are connected to its contents, but I'm sure that readers who are familiar with it will enjoy this collection.Depending on the reader, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings can be classified either as a short story collection or as a mosaic novel, because the stories are connected to each other in interesting ways. All of the stories are set in the same world and some of them feature overlapping characters.This collection contains the following thirteen stories:- 'The Coffin-Maker's Daughter'- 'The Maiden in the Ice'- 'The Badger Bride'- 'The Burnt Moon'- 'By My Voice I Shall Be Known'- 'The Undone and the Divine'- 'The Night Stair'- 'Now, All Pirates are Gone'- 'St Dymphna's School for Poison Girls'- 'The Bitterwood Bible'- 'Terrible as an Army with Banners'- 'By the Weeping Gate'- 'Spells for Coming Forth by Daylight'If you think of yourself as a fan of dark fantasy and literary fiction, you should read these stories as soon as possible, because you owe it to yourself to read them. These stories offer a unique reading experience to readers who want quality, style and substance from their dark fantasy stories.Here's more information about the stories and my thoughts about them:'The Coffin-Maker's Daughter':- A beautifully written story about a spurned Hepsibah Ballantyne who's the only coffin-maker in Great Glimmerton.- This story contains many elements that together form a stunning display of imagination and stylish storytelling.'The Maiden in the Ice':- A story about Rikke who finds a young woman in the ice at the lake.- An excellent story with a fairy-tale-like atmosphere.'The Badger Bride':- A story about Gytha who is a copyist working on an ancient and mysterious book. While working on the book, Gytha notices that a badger is outside in the snow and rescues him.- This is a strong and beautifully told fantasy story with a seducingly dark atmosphere.- This story was originally published in Strange Tales IV (Tartarus Press, 2014).'The Burnt Moon':- A story about Hafwen who lives in Southarp. Hafwen is considered to be a witch.- This is a memorable story about witchcraft, fire and rats.- This story alone is proof of Angela Slatter's writing skills, because she writes fluently about what kind of cruelties happen to Hafwen.'By My Voice I Shall Be Known':- A perfectly told story about unfaithful love and terrifying vengeance.- This dark story is excellent in every possible way, because the author writes unflinchingly about a woman who uses dark magic to avenge what has happened to her.- In my opinion, this story alone is proof of the author's writing skills.'The Undone and the Divine':- In this story, the daughter of the woman who had a part in the downfall of Southarp visits Southarp.- The author writes fluently about how the daughter deals with different things.'The Night Stair':- An unconventional vampire story about Adlisa who is the day-daughter for the Lord and the Lady. Adlisa tries to seek revenge, but suddenly she notices that her whole life has changed.- This is one of the best and most original vampire stories I've ever read, because it's a refreshingly different kind of a vision about vampires.'Now, All Pirates are Gone':- A beautifully bittersweet and compelling story about Maude, her pirate ship and her crew.- The author writes fascinatingly about what has happened to the pirates and how they have met their fates.'St Dymphna's School for Poison Girls':- A brilliantly dark story about a school in which girls are trained to murder people who have wronged their families.- This is one of the finest and most captivating stories in this collection.'The Bitterwood Bible':- This is a tale of what happens to Murciana when she does what her master tells her to do.- This story offers an interesting glimpse into the origins of the Bitterwood Bible, which is a book full of different kinds of spells.'Terrible as an Army with Banners':- A beautifully written recounting of the last days of the Citadel at Cwen's Reach, which has been a home for the Little Sisters of Florian.- This is one of the best stories in this collection, because the author writes well about what happens to the Citadel and how it is devastated.'By the Weeping Gate':- A memorable story about a family of prostitutes, a young woman called Nel and the mysterious Viceroy.- This is a brilliant retelling of 'The Robber Bridegroom', which is an old German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm.'Spells for Coming Forth by Daylight':- This story continues the story of Nel who appeared in the previous story.- Nel searches for the mysterious and dangerous Viceroy.- This is an atmospheric story with an excellent ending.'The Coffin-Maker’s Daughter' is a beautifully written story about Hepsibah Ballantyne who's a coffin-maker. She is haunted by her father and yearns for Lucette D'Aguillar whose father has died. The author writes well about Hepsibah's feelings and work, because she delivers a story that has a beautifully dark atmosphere and a disturbing ending. Death and lust go captivatingly hand in hand in this story, because the author tells of Hepsibah's lustful feelings towards Lucette and how far she will go to have her.'The Maiden in the Ice' is a dark fairy tale about Rikke who finds a young woman in the ice at the lake. When the young woman's body melts she seems to be alive again and Rikke begins to follow her. What Rikke finds out about the young woman's existence is strange, but she keeps it a secret. When the young woman is abused, she wreaks vengeance upon the villagers and steals their children. This story has one of the best endings I've ever seen in fantasy stories, because the ending is beautifully bittersweet. I think that many readers will most likely think of the old saying "you reap what you sow" when they reach the end of this story.It was fascinating to read 'The Badger Bride', because it's a story about Gytha who copies books. Gytha finds herself copying a book that turns out to be a grimoire, a book of the craft that contains powerful spells. When she is working on the book, she rescues a badger and forms a relationship with him. This beautifully written fantasy story impressed me, because it has everything I hope to find in compelling and original adult fantasy. It's one of the best stories I've read this year.'By My Voice I Shall Be Known' is a dark and touching story about love and vengeance. In this story, a woman who has been forsaken for another woman uses dark magic to avenge what has happened to her. It was captivating to read about what the woman did and how she felt about the happenings in her life. The rusalky added fascinating eeriness to this story.'The Night Stair' is an exceptionally good and original vampire story. I've read many vampire stories and I can say that this story is among the best I've ever read, because it's wholly different from other stories. Reading about Adlisa's life and experiences among the undead Lord and the Lady was fascinating, because Adlisa seeked revenge only to find out that her whole life has changed in a radical way. The relationship between the Lord and the Lady was thrillingly twisted, because they played games with each other in a perverse way.I was impressed by 'St Dymphna's School for Poison Girls', because it's a story about a school for girls who receive training in how to murder people. The girls learn how to deliver death to people who have wronged their families. The author writes about the school, the girls and their training in a fascinating way and lures her readers into a world of family honour and murder. This story gradually builds up into a powerful tale that seduces readers with its darkness and strangeness.I enjoyed reading 'The Bitterwood Bible', because it tells of the origins of the ancient book full of spells. Reading about Murciana and her life was rewarding, because this story sheds light on many interesting things.'Terrible as an Army with Banners' is one of the best stories in this collection, because it tells of the devastation of the Citadel at Cwen's Reach. The author writes captivatingly about the happenings from the point of view of Goda who writes a letter to her sister. In her letter, she tells of what has happened to the Citadel so that the knowledge of its downfall shall not perish. It was fascinating for me to read about how books were removed from the Citadel and how valuable tomes were destroyed in order to prevent them from getting into wrong hands.'Spells for Coming Forth by Daylight' brings this collection to a close with style as well as excellence. It's a beautifully written story about Nel's determined search for the mysterious and dangerous Viceroy who has murdered many women. This story wraps up many things and features familiar characters (Hepsibah Ballantyne etc) from the previous stories.When I read 'Spells for Coming Forth by Daylight', I noticed that its title features a nod to the Egyptian Book of the Dead, because the translation of its original Egyptian name is "Book of Coming Forth by Day". This was interesting, because references to the Egyptian Book of the Dead are rare in modern fantasy stories (at this moment I only recall seeing this book mentioned in Showtime's dark fantasy TV series Penny Deadful).In my opinion, these stories have a lot in common with the old fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm, because they're dark and exquisitely beautiful stories. They're wonderfully dark and seducing fairy tales for adults who love the darker side of fantasy fiction and enjoy reading literary prose. It isn't often that speculative fiction readers have an opportunity read something as good as this, because Angela Slatter has a distinct sense of darkness and style that separates her from other authors and puts her into a class of her own. Her way of writing about the happenings and the characters is truly amazing and mesmerising.One of reasons why I love this collection is that Angela Slatter doesn't resort to cheap and common tricks to entertain her readers. She trusts that her readers are intelligent and want to mesmerised by beautifully told stories.I was amazed at the complex characterisation, because the author has created intriguing characters who are driven by human emotions and feelings. Love, loss, fear, regret and vengeance are important parts of their lives and have an impact on how they deal with different situations and things. They all live and try to survive in a beautifully strange world where magic is real. I found it fascinating that the author revealed bits and pieces of some of the characters' lives throughout the collection (it was enjoyable and rewarding to read about the characters' lives and fates).The worldbuilding is intricate and exquisite. Angela Slatter has created a fantastical world that feels natural, realistic and believable. Her fantasy world is inhabited by different kinds of people who deal with many things from ordinary life and enchantments to dark magic and sorcery. It's a beautiful yet terrifying world where bad things can happen to people. The author breathes life into her fantasy world by creating an enchanting - and at times chilling - atmosphere that captures the reader's heart and mind.Angela Slatter has an exceptional skill of creating immersive and addictive stories. She weaves spellbinding stories that are so compelling that you find yourself wholly immersed in their strange world and forget the passing of time for a while. When you read these stories, you'll feel like you're reading about a real world that truly exists and has its own customs, traditions and superstitions.It's great that the author has infused her stories with intriguing folkloric and mythological elements. She writes spellbindingly about the Erl-King, his daughter and the shadow trees that are doorways to the underground kingdom of the Erl-King.The author writes beautiful and evocative literary prose that shines with nuances and impresses readers with its eloquence. She's clearly one of the most talented writers of literary prose ever to grace the field of speculative fiction, because the literary merits of her stories are remarkably superior to many other stories.The stories in this collection are intriguingly connected to each other. When you read all of them, you'll notice how certain names and characters appear in different stories and how the happenings relate to one another. I think that many readers will be pleasantly surprised by how these stories are connected and what is revealed about the happenings and the characters, because the stories form an impressive and vivid vision of a fictional world.It's interesting that books play an important part in this collection, because some of the stories center around books and forbidden knowledge contained in them. The descriptions of these books and the places where they are kept are enchanting.This book contains beautiful and detailed pen-and-ink illustrations by Kathleen Jennings (there's something wonderfully old-fashioned about these illustrations). They will please readers who appreciate fine art and beautiful illustrations. I'll also mention that the illustration on the cover of the hardcover edition looks gorgeous. It's great that the publisher has invested time into creating this kind of a beautiful book, because there are many readers who love well-created books.The introduction by Stephen Jones and the afterword by Lisa L. Hannett are interesting and worth reading.I give The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings full five stars on the scale from one to five stars. In my opinion, it deserves all the praise it gets, because the quality of the prose and the charming darkness of the stories is something to behold. It's a stunning and unique short story collection.This was the first time that I read a short story collection by Angela Slatter, but it won't be the last time, because I enjoyed her stories. I intend to read her previous short story collections (Sourdough and Other Stories and The Girl With No Hands and Other Tales) as soon as possible.Angela Slatter's The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings is a short story collection of exceptional beauty, grace and style. It should be part of everybody's speculative fiction collection, because it's difficult to find better and more beautiful dark fantasy fiction. If you love eloquent literary prose, beautifully written stories and dark fantasy, please read this collection immediately. I can guarantee that you won't regret reading it - in fact, you'll be wondering why you haven't read it sooner.Very highly recommended!

  • S.B. Wright
    2019-02-18 10:06

    Angela Slatter has, along with her regular partner in fiction Lisa L Hannett, been one of those authors I have collected yet never really got around to reading due to the reviewing pile taking precedence over the personal reading pile. Sure, I have read single stories on occasion, enough to know that the money I have put down on her other collections is well spent. The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings from Tartarus, is then the first collection that I have read in its entirety. It’s also possibly the first mosaic novel that I have read. It works well, both as a collection of separate stories and as collected narrative. One of things that is hard to do within in a short story and which our best writers often achieve, is creating that sense of a wider realised secondary world within a small word count. What I think the mosaic format allows Slatter to do is give herself some wiggle room for story and style and let the layering effect of drip fed world details in each separate tale slowly envelope the reader to give us that realised world That isn’t to say that Slatter isn’t doing a grand job of combining style, story and detail within each tale but that structurally the envelope of the mosaic helps in some cases to accentuate the impact of certain stories, while at the same time containing deviations is form and style in others.In Terrible as an Army with Banners, Slatter crafts an effective piece of epistolary fiction. It’s distinct from many of the stories in the collection in terms of tone and style but works equally well in maintaining a sense of increasing dread and darkness. Likewise The Maiden in the Ice meshed together horror elements that reminded me of The Ring with a a clever riff on a well known folktale.For a while she tries to keep her eyes firmly fixed on her destination, on the silver-ash clump of sedge not so far—yet so very far—away. But the panic she’s tamped down hard gets the better of her, and she looks to the sparkling, treacherous ground upon which she moves, seeking the cracks, the veins, the fissures that are surely forming there. But what she sees is something entirely different. An oval face; skin sallow—in the sun it will become olive; dark-flecked, large eyes; thick straight brows; an unbalanced mouth, the top lip thin, the bottom full; and hair as black as Rikke has ever seen. Black as nightmares, black as a cunning woman’s cat, black as the water she is trying to escape. Older than Rikke, caught between girl and woman, and suspended in the solid lake as if she’s a statue, standing; head titled back, one arm reaching up, the other pointing downward. from The Maiden in the Ice.The Bitterwood Bible is a neat package that has allowed Slatter to explore, examine and re-imagine the fairy/folktale milieu. There’s a balance achieved here too; I never felt that I needed to rush through the stories to the larger resolution. I was able to enjoy each of the tales as a separate entity and I suspect that were I to reread it as Lisa Hannett suggests in the afterword and focus more on the connections between each story, I would have another equally pleasant and slightly different experience.I am left feeling the beneficiary of sumptuous and stylish storytelling, Slatter, I suspect is at her best here.This book was supplied by Tartarus Press.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Disclaimer: I am a Judge for this years Aurealis Awards and some of the stories contained in this volume are eligible. Hence my review only comments on those not eligible and on how the collection works as a mosaic novel.

  • Ian Mond
    2019-01-27 11:56

    My thoughts on this incredible short story collection (or mosaic novel) can be found here - - episode 42 of the Writer and the Critic podcast.

  • Victoria (vikz writes)
    2019-01-22 10:07

    An excellent read. If you like fairy tale worlds, ghostly apparitions and horrific environments, read this book. This is Slatter at her best and believe me that really is saying about. Angela Slatter is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors.

  • Louise
    2019-01-29 09:57

    I'm breathless and set adrift. I feel myself buoyed on gently lapping waves, in this world of Angela Slatter's making. The delicacy of words as tactile creatures wraps around me. Oh, how I've missed how luscious stories can be.

  • Alexandra
    2019-02-18 12:12

    Sourdough and Other Stories by Angela Slatter has been on my radar for ages, but somehow I've just never got around to reading it. For a while I didn't realise it was available as an ebook - and Tartarus Press does lovely hard copies, but they're a leedle expensive for a book you're taking a chance on. And I also wasn't sure that these stories were ones that I would really connect with. I mean, yes, I loved "Brisneyland by Night" in Sprawl, and a few others Slatter has written - especially with Lisa L Hannett - and Midnight and Moonshine made me cry with its beauty, but... I just wasn't sure. And then I found out that Slatter had a set of 'prequel' type stories coming out, so I thought I should read those first.Halfway through reading The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, I finally bought myself Sourdough because there is no way I can now not read that collection. Because I am absolutely an Angela Slatter convert.The stories collected here are not quite a mosaic in the same way that Midnight and Moonshine are. There, each story was clearly connected - most often by family, which made it seem a generational saga. Here, while there are a couple of stories that feature the same protagonist, a few more with recurring cameos, and most set in the same place or with the same background characters, it's more like a series of stories set in a couple of distinct suburbs or small towns. Of course you're going to get the same bars, or neighbourhood characters, or landmarks mentioned; that just makes sense. But the narratives themselves aren't necessarily connected... although sometimes they are. And these locales that Slatter has invented are very believable. They're well-realised, and they're familiar in that fairy-tale sort of way. Because these are indeed a sort of fairy tale. There's not a whole lot of magic; what there is is generally a quiet, dare I say domestic without it being in the slightest derogatory, magic; no flashiness or gaudiness here, no winning of wars. That would draw too much attention, and drawing attention in these stories is generally A Bad Thing. The women - and the protagonists are almost all women - mostly want to be left alone, to get on with their lives. Sometimes they're forced to interact with the world, or with other people, that they'd rather not; because they need to achieve some specific goal, or because they're being manipulated, or they otherwise have no choice. But you certainly get the feeling that most of them would just prefer never to be in the limelight, not to be a household name... not to stand out.There are scribes and poisoners, seamstresses and pirates, teachers and coffin-makers and servants. They are mothers and daughters and child-free and orphan, young and old and neither; rural and urban, rich and poor. They have varying degrees of agency and control, varying chances of living after and of living happily ever after.This is a wonderful collection of stories. They can and should be read and enjoyed separately; they can and should be read and enjoyed together, making a whole even greater than its parts. Oh, and Kathleen Jennings' lovely little illustrations throughout are a delightful addition; I imagine they're even more impressive in print, but electronically they're still fine. This review is part of the Australian Women's Writers 2014 challenge.

  • Teodor
    2019-02-11 08:05

    A rich, rewarding collection of stories that is both playful and immersive. Unlike most fairy tale retellings - and this is a less obvious example of that sub-genre (counter-genre?) than Slatter's earlier collection The Girl With No Hands - it is an immersive and even interlinked gathering of stories. Valuing atmospheric storytelling over subversive formal techniques that inject modern mores to 'correct' traditional folk and fairy tales (even if this is a feminist book, broadly speaking), Slatter creates her own detailed world from scratch. It's an interesting cluster of communities, which largely appears to be culled from Norse mythology and folktale rather than more traditional medieval models. But this isn't slavish mimetic fantasy in the Tolkien mold either: Slatter's firm grasp on the fairy tale model means that the stories move with a clear fairy tale cause-and-effect mechanic, which makes them gripping and vivid. Makes for a worthwhile plunge, particularly when paired with Kathleen Jennings' delicate and evocative illustrations, which are never obtrusive, and instead of simply illustrating the stories in the most boring way possible, often complement and contrast the cheeky but sometimes dark material with a deliberately fragile line.

  • Elena Mauri
    2019-01-25 09:12

    Usually this is not a genre I love but this book was totally astonishing, I literally couldn't put it down. It took me so long to read it just because my knowledge of english is limited. This novel is the result of several shot stories, all set in a fictional time and place. It surprised me the incredible ability of Angela Slatter of describing the story so well I felt I was there without even knowing it. It is not only for people who are particularly into the fairy tales world, it's written just that amazingly you forget everything else. I don't know a lot about its world but what I can totally say is that this book is unique.And I wanna thank Angela for the copy, as I won it in the giveaway, and for everything else she sent me, it's been a huge surprise.

  • Theo
    2019-01-29 07:00

    I'll be a dissenting voice: I thought her prose was lovely (most of the time) but that the stories themselves weren't particularly engaging and tended to run together. For a fuller explanation, see here.

  • Linguana
    2019-01-26 10:01

    This was absolute perfection!For my complete review in all its gushing fangirly glory, click here

  • Scott
    2019-02-12 10:51

    Wonderful. Lyrical in every sense of the word. Ties nicely to Sourdough.

  • Susie Munro
    2019-02-13 14:01

    exquisite modern gothic collection intricately woven together to form a creepy and evocative whole

  • Alan Baxter
    2019-01-28 06:56

    Quite simply I love Slatter's writing and her stories. I can't recommend this highly enough, and also Sourdough & Other Stories.

  • William
    2019-02-11 13:07

    This was amazingly good. It's a composite novel of dark fantasy / fairy tales. Somewhat feminist, very atmospheric.

  • Leslee
    2019-01-20 11:04

    Seriously fucking amazing. If you're an Angela Carter fan pick this up.

  • Chele
    2019-02-03 13:57


  • Maria Haskins
    2019-02-04 08:47

    An absolutely captivating collection of connected short stories, delving into a dark and uniquely imagined world of magic, shapeshifting, spells, and craft. Angela Slatter's prose is so beautiful, it makes every story a gem.

  • Hannah
    2019-01-30 14:50

    The tone in here it was amazing, eerie, antiquated, a little bit mysterious. I regret missing the connections until over halfway through. I think it's worth a read, fingers crossed for the audiobook.

  • Crystal
    2019-01-27 10:04

    Creepy fairy tales