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The Ammonite Violin & Others by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Cover Artist: Richard Kirk
Review by Mario Guslandi
Subterranean Press Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596063051
Date: 01 June 2010

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Caitlin R Kiernan has a vivid imagination and writes in a musical fashion. When she succeeds, she creates solid, colorful gems, but when she fails she produces heavy gray stones which bore the reader to death. The Ammonite Violin & Others is a new collection of twenty tales which confirms the author's merits and flaws.

From official release/information:

From publisher's website: In The Ammonite Violin & Others, the author rises to meet the high expectations she set with such collections as Tales of Pain and Wonder, A is for Alien, and the World Fantasy Award-nominated To Charles Fort, With Love. Within these pages, you’ll discover a dazzling suite of stories situated on the borderlands between the unspeakbale and the erotic, the grotesque and the sublime. Here are stories of dream and metamorphosis, strange lands and beings existing beyond the veil of death and beyond this earth. Here is a selkie who’s lost her sealskin, a woman with a blackhole in her heart, a fairie girl fallen to the Queen of Decay, the descent of a modern-day Orpheus, and a killer who has fashioned the most exquisite musical instrument from the remains of one of his victims. Here are dreams, nightmares, and worse things yet.

The Ammonite Violin & Others is comprised of stories first published in the subscription only Sirenia Digest, run by Caitlin for her most devoted readers. This publication marks the stories' first availability to the general public. The trade edition will contain twenty of these ultra-rare tales, while the limited edition will contain everything in the trade edition, be bound in leather, and include a brand new story published as an accompanying chapbook.

Limited: 300 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with the bonus chapbook Trade: 1500 fully cloth bound hardcover copies.

(Source: Subterranean Press)

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