22 November, 2008

Firebirds Soaring

Sharyn November's Firebirds Soaring anthology, the third Firebirds in the set (following up the excellent Firebirds and Firebirds Rising) is coming out next March, but is being reviewed already here and there. Debra Banna of Sharon Public Library, MA, says 'The variety of styles and themes and a gathering together of so many talented writers in one work offer readers a banquet for the imagination. For fans of the genre, this is a must read,' and mentions rather uninvitingly that 'Margo Lanagan’s “Ferryman” reveals the dark and dreary life of the boatman of the dead.'

Kirkus Reviews says, 'From the lush and lyrical to the minimalist, soaring is exactly what these stories do, taking the reader through unexplored lands of the fantastic, well beyond wizards, vampires and faeries.'

And Cat Eldridge at Green Man Review has written an extensive and enthusiastic review:
Margo Lanagan 'Ferryman' is obviously a riff off that story, one so ancient that I think the Greeks borrowed it from someone else. I was charmed by the concept of a mortal child who goes down to the River Styx to take The Ferryman, her father, his lunch! I will certainly seek out what else this talented Aussie writer has done to date! ... The bottom line is November's once again put together a superbly chosen set of tales that will keep you reading well into the night. Though it comes out in March of next year, I think the trade paper edition, which should be out before Christmas/Hanukkah/Winter Solstice of next year, will make a perfect gift to give to a young reader—or your favorite adult reader for that matter!


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