by Catherynne M. Valente
Cover Artist: Rima Staines
Review by Colleen Cahill
PS Publishing Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781848631243
Date: 15 December 2010 / Show Article /
It is said there is a book for every reader and for every reader, a book. When looking at collections of stories, this can be applied to the individual titles, especially when the author has a wide range of styles and topics. This is the case in Catherynne M. Valente's Ventriloquism, a gathering of 31 stories that cover so many themes and ideas, it can dazzle the reader. From official release/information:
From publisher's website: In this, her first story collection, six years of multiaward winning Catherynne M. Valente’s acclaimed short fiction comes together in a single volume. From Mars to ancient India, from the interstellar deeps to post-war Leningrad, from selkies and gingerbread houses to zombies, noir detectives, and video games that never were, these stories leap from genre to genre, voice to voice, outer reaches to inner hearts. Here you will find strange secret histories, backalley deals between steampunk and pirate stories, between fairy tales and moon colonies, Antarctic cartographers and interplanetary documentary filmmakers. Here an author throws her voice — and a family of strange dolls speaks, as if by magic.
(Source: PS Publishing)