Published: April 16, 2011
Words: 86,498 (approximate)
Eighteen stories of impermanence, change, ephemera... from the ends of love affairs and the brief sanity of wartime convalescence, to the fading away of old languages and the dying of humanity itself. This edition includes four bonus stories, including one written specially for this collection, and each story has a newly-written afterword.
by Neil Williamson
with an introduction by Hal Duncan (Read more)
by Neil Williamson
with an introduction by Hal Duncan
Nothing lasts forever. Everything is ephemeral.
Time slips by, people change, happiness is fleeting.
Neil Williamson's collection of bittersweet tales features eighteen stories of impermanence: from the ends of love affairs and the brief sanity of wartime convalescence, to the fading away of old languages and the dying of humanity itself.
An artist communicates solely through a bizarre mosaic, a father and his dying daughter seek hope in plague-ridden Scotland, a London pensioner's existence is inextricably bound to that of his pet canary, and in the jungles of Borneo a criminal searches for his missing son hoping for reconciliation before the end of the world.
This edition includes four bonus stories, including one written specially for this collection, and each story has a newly-written afterword.
"Emotionally complex and displaying a keen eye for detail, the stories in Neil Williamson's collection The Ephemera are a rich and rewarding read from a stylish new Scottish talent."
-- World Fantasy Award-winner Jeff VanderMeer
"Subtle, evocative and compelling, The Ephemera is a collection that shines with reflection and intelligence."
-- Liz Williams
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on May 20, 2011 :
Williamson is one of the best Scottish short story writers alive today. Many of these short stories feel as if they are coloured prisms that have been placed before our mundane reality and they are infused with a sense of strangeness that will remain with the reader for days. Personal favourites? 'Softly Under Glass', 'Harrowfield', 'The Happy Gang'... but if I keep on going I will end up listing most of them. There isn't a poor story here.
(reviewed the day of purchase)