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on Oct. 29, 2012 :
Marvelous -- thoughtful & realistic (can one say that about fairy-tales?) -- eerie and sad.
(I don't know the author, if that matters.)
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 10, 2010 :
All six of these stories have an eerie, almost Neil Gaimanish quality to the writing. A very distinct voice coupled with a beautiful use of language to evoke images and feelings of place and time. These stories feel like poems wrapped around plot to me, and in a few cases the plot appears secondary to the imagery.
I should probably make it clear that when reading, I'm looking for plot and dialogue. These are my main treats in a story. I'm generally not a huge fan of language so much as story. These stories are excellent examples of beautiful use of language, but on the plot front some of them are a little weak. As stories, as opposed to prose poems, they range from lovely (Leatherskin: A steampunk rift on Pygmalion, which you should all go out and download the book so you can read it.) to confusing (Written In Stone: Which is beautiful, but three reads through and I'm still not one hundred percent sure what is going on, or more importantly: why.) to abrupt (Reaping: A sweet little tale of a woman rescuing her god, that would have been quite a bit more satisfying at novella length).
It costs whatever you want to pay for it. On the strength of Leatherskin alone, I'd suggest paying for it. (I paid $2.00.) Hearth and Harvest comes in at about 30 pages, so it's a very short little thing. Call it lunch break or coffee break reading. A very pleasant lunch break.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 05, 2010 :
Hearth and Harvest is somewhat a deceptive title. If you are expecting stories of happy homecoming and rich bounties of the earth, you will not find it here. At least not blatantly. Behind the words you will see a distant glint of something forgotten, yet so familiar.
What one will find amongst these short stories is perhaps the dream-like sense that you have come home - but to another place, another time. The stories are grounded in very believable imagery, leaving one with a lingering and delicious hope that perhaps the tales are unfolding and there will be another chapter left to read. Another chapter where one will be able to put their finger on the special magic and meaning to the stories.
If you are up for curious tales of love and longing then try Hearth and Harvest!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)