Jagannath

Jagannath

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Book - 2012
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I have never read anything like Jagannath. Karin Tidbeck s imagination is recognizably Nordic, but otherwise unclassifiable quietly, intelligently, unutterably strange. And various. And ominous. And funny. And mysteriously tender. These are wonderful stories. Ursula K. Le Guin Restrained and vivid, poised and strange, Tidbeck, with her impossible harmonies, is a vital voice. China Mieville Enter the strange and wonderful world of Swedish sensation Karin Tidbeck with this feast of darkly fantastical short stories. Whether through the falsified historical record of the uniquely weird Swedish creature known as the Pyret or the title story, Jagannath, about a biological ark in the far future, Tidbeck s unique imagination will enthrall, amuse, and unsettle you. How else to describe a collection that includes Cloudberry Jam, a story that opens with the line I made you in a tin can ? Marvels, quirky character studies, and outright surreal monstrosities await you in the book widely praised by Michael Swanwick, Ursula K. Le Guin, China Mieville, and Karen Joy Fowler. Publishers Weekly calls it brave and brilliant. Locus Magazine says this is the most significant debut since the award-winning Margo Lanagan. Introduction by Elizabeth Hand, afterword by the author. Tidbeck has a gift for the uncanny and the unsettling. In these wonderful, subtle stories, magic arrives quietly. It comes from the forests or the earth or was always there in your own family or maybe exists in another realm entirely leaving you slightly dazed and more than a little enchanted. Karen Joy Fowler Were this collection to contain only its biomechanoid wonder of a title story, it would still be amazing. Jagannath heralds the arrival of a bold and brilliant new voice, which I see too few of these days. You must read Karin Tidbeck. Caitlin R. Kiernan In Karin Tidbeck s collection Jagannath, the mundane becomes strange and the strange familiar with near-Hitchcockian subtlety. I loved Tidbeck s clean, classic prose. It creates beautifully eerie music for a twilight domain. Karen Lord I can t think of when I last read a collection that blew me away the way that Jagannath has, or one that s left me somewhat at a loss to describe just how strange and beautiful and haunting these tales are. Elizabeth Hand (from her introduction)
Publisher: Tallahassee, Fla. : Cheeky Frawg Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780985790400
0985790407
Characteristics: 132 p. ; 23 cm

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CuppaJoeBooks
May 17, 2017

Devoured this anthology in just a handful of days. If you enjoy Fantastic fiction that straddles the boundary between true magic and illusion, this book is for you. (Fun fact, a UofO alumni contributed to the creation of this book, so support local ;) )

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Basht
Nov 24, 2013

There are some incredible stories here. As with most collections, there are some that weren't for me, but mostly, this was a wonderful read. The stories stayed in my mind for awhile.

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sydneymore
Jul 07, 2013

An excellent collection of folkloric short stories with a modern voice.

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paperclypse2
Mar 11, 2013

Read it for Beatrice, Rebecka, Who is Arvid Pekon?, Augusta Prima, and Aunts.

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