Envy will eat you up until nothing is left. In this story of two brothers, set in a magical world with fairies and miracles and power, one brother covets what the other has. The world is engaging, the characters are real, and the lesson is timeless.
A new life on a dying planet. Ms Lowd, as always, writes strong female characters. This one is dealing with a new culture and a new place, while watching the death of a star and her marriage. It amazes me that someone as young as Ms Lowd was when she wrote this piece (she was only 22 when this story made quarter finals in the Writers of the Future competition), understands so clearly the death of a relationship. A very satisfying read.
A weary hero, sainted for his many brave deeds, a brave maiden, and a dragon in need of slaying. What more can you ask of a story? St. Kalwain and the Lady Uta is not the usual heroic tale, but somehow it is more satisfying.
All five of these stories are up for the Ursa Major Short Fiction award for 2012. All five of them! And all five of them are a treat to read, from the very short whimsical Hot Chocolate for the Unicorn, to the heart-wrenching Magtwilla and the Mouse, to the third installment in the Shreddy series, Shreddy and the Christmas Ghost, to the two longer stories St Kalwain and the Lady Uta and A Night in Nocturnia, that each transport you to another time and place. Ms Lowd continues her superb writing, wonderful characters, and unmatched story-telling. Do yourself a favor, read them all.
A great read, with something for all ages - talking cats and dogs (and, of course, otters!), political intrigue, social issues, loads of fun and excitement. I love this series. Mary Lowd has done it again. I hope there is a third book (and maybe more)!!
Whether you read this as a straightforward story about a cat and a dog, an allegory for the world we live in now, or simply a story of love, longing, and persistence, you will find this to be a well-written, thoughtful, at times very funny, and at times gut-wrenching story that takes you places you did not expect to go. I cannot recommend it too highly.
Eight stories from Mary E. Lowd that all happen in her Wespirtech universe. These stories are rich in adventure, emotional connection, interesting ideas and just plain fun. I break down into tears every time I read "Of Behemoths and Bureaucrats" and laugh out loud at "Daisy Chaining." You really have to read this collection.
Mary E. Lowd is a writer of great clarity and precision. The science is really good, and the stories are fun...these all take place in the Wespirtech universe and display a depth of understanding of both the science and the emotions of her characters that are spot on. You really need to dive into this universe!
Loved all these stories separately, but now I have them as a collection. If you have not read them, or even if you have, The Opposite of Memory is a collection of short stories that you should not miss.