Word Puppets

Mary Robinette Kowal. Prime (prime-books.com), $15.95 ISBN 978-1-60701-456-0
Kowal’s short works are difficult to classify, often poignant or tragic, and always spectacularly written. These 19 tales vary widely. “The Bound Man” spans ages within a dramatic alternate world; “Chrysalis” examines a single segment of an alien life cycle. Characters struggle to sort out difficult interfamilial relationships on a generation ship in “For Want of a Nail.” Readers will sympathize with a teenage girl who is both stereotypically American and undeniably fae in “American Changeling.” Some stories, such as “The White Phoenix Feather,” offer a moment of laughter to lighten the mood, but even within the humor, the writing is serious in execution, style, and timing. Kowal sends readers off on a breathless trip to the stars. Agent: Jennifer Jackson, Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/05/2015
Release date: 11/05/2015
Genre: Fiction
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