The Language of Stones and Other Stories

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In The Language of Stones, a young man tries to teach a stone to speak. Villains Victorious describes the attempt of fictional villains to rewrite the story. The Gargoyle Murder is the love story of a gargoyle and a cat. Also included is the first chapter of Big Dragons Don't Cry, which introduces a cat who's finding that a quest cuts into his relaxation time.
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Words: 9,270
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458007117
About C. M. Barrett

On my mother's side of the family, I come from a line of storytellers. My grandmother's stories ranged from my grandfather's arrest for draft resistance in England during World War I, the uncertainty of life during the Troubles in Ireland, to the day she decided to leave her marriage (but didn't). My mother's stories described a rural childhood that to a child of a suburb of little boxes seemed idyllic.
Both of them encouraged me to read and provided me with books to feed a growing habit. When I was seven or eight, I discovered mythology, and the gods and goddesses in those tales were as real to me as the dragons and cats in my own stories are now. Thanks to my early training in fantasy, I like to hang out with dragons. Accepting the bizarre directions my imagination takes has allowed me to conjure up Zen cats, cougars, gossip-vending hawks, and other critters.

Currently I live in upstate New York on a wooded piece of land not unlike some of the terrain in Big Dragons Don't Cry.

Since 2000 I've belonged to the online writers' group, Artistic License, subtitled Shameless Blameless Hussies. They've read all my books, but don't blame them if you find errors, because they're shameless.

I also paint, and the art on my book cover is one of my watercolors.

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Review by: Jeanne Miller on April 12, 2011 :
I really liked these stories so much. I paricularly loved the Gargoyle story which brought tears to my eyes. But the ending was so wonderfully well done thta I know I will think of this story often. Very imaginative and whimsical. I really like the way this writer looks at the world.
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Review by: Joyce Kaessinger on March 27, 2011 :
All three stores are charming, delightful, highly imaginative and funny. And extremely well written.
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Review by: mike on March 24, 2011 :
Very amusing collection of short stories.Quite original and well written.
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