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Black Juice - Margo Lanagan (2004)

Margo Lanagan can write like a dream and this collection of short stories has gone to my head. Singing My Sister Down, Yowlinen, Wooden Bride, Rite of Spring...these images, these feelings, these words will not easily leave me.

She writes from the outside in and the inside out. Her worlds have texture, deeply felt. Her people are stubborn, tender, bleak, betrayed. There is love here, and life continuing.

The only comparisons that come to mind are Shirley Jackson and some early Tanith Lee. In other words, superb.

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dev_iant
14th Apr, 2010 18:14 (UTC)
It's the best book of short fiction I've read in a very long time and that includes some of the modern greats such as Swanwick & Chiang. You've reminded me that I must read Red Spikes, which is sitting on my to-read shelf.

My only slight issue with the book is its placement as a YA book: I think the images might stay with some youngsters for a long time, but not in a desirable way. That may be a reflection on the whole concept of YA books, but that's another discussion entirely.
coth
16th Apr, 2010 10:02 (UTC)
Intend to read more by her. Interested to note she has a nomination for a Shirley Jackson Award (google) as I made my comment without knowing that.

Agree Swanwick and Chiang - but truly we are wealthy when we have such riches at our command.

Yes, a reflection on the concept of YA, not a reason not to read.
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