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A Chimaera in my Wardrobe [Kindle Edition]

Tina Rath , Malcolm Grieve
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A collection of short fantasy stories for the 21st century, told by a gentle little monster with a penchant for happy endings. He introduces policemen, mummies, bikers, vampires, background artistes, fantasy figures like a stage-struck devil and a successful author as well as an unusual take on some fairy stories you thought you knew… ideal for commuters each section is complete in itself, but the story of the chimaera itself will carry you through to the end.

When a small chimaera appears in her wardrobe – probably accidentally packed up at the end of long day on a film set, the narrator, who is spending a long hot summer in a rented attic, working as an SA while writing her masterpiece and waiting for her true love to return from his world trip – is only mildly surprised. She agrees to let him stay and he tells her stories in lieu of rent, stories featuring such characters as Sergeant Prendergast, an ordinary policeman with some rather unusual friends including the Queen of Elphame and a sexy young gorgon, a hob with a grievance, an avatar of the Moon goddess, a stage-struck devil, plus fairy tales which tell you what really happened to the Frog Prince, and the truth behind Rumplestiltskin. Each story is complete in itself, and ideal for those boring commutes, but readers will have to wait for the end of the book to find out if the narrator ever does finish writing her novel, if her true love does come home, and what ultimately happens to the chimaera.

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Tina Rath lives in London with her husband and several cats. She has had a number of short stories published in both genre and mainstream press (see ISFDB for some titles)and has several novels currently on the stocks. She is a vampire expert and Queen Victoria look alike, as well as working (when she can) as an actress and model. Her collection of short stories, currently available both as an ebook and a large-print hardback, A Chimaera in My Wardrobe is made up of short fantasy and fairy stories, several based on her experience as an SA.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of a read 5 Jun. 2013
By Z.O.M
Format:Kindle Edition
A Chimaera in my wardrobe is a completely unique gem of a book. In all honesty, short stories aren't usually my thing, but the framing narrative here is so compelling I could happily have read plenty more. In fact, I really do hope there will be more..as yet again I found myself shaking my Kindle at the end of this one, mournfully looking for the rest. Rath is undeniably talented, and I'd be only too happy to curl up with more of her prose.

The chimaera himself is so beautifully written I could quite easily see him running his own website - maybe with a new short story added once a week, I'd love that! Such a character, I can imagine him picking up an obsessive cult following. Rath's initial description of him is a complete hook, I was sold by the second page.

I was put in mind here of some sort of Jasper Fforde, Ben Aaronovitch and Terry Pratchett mixture - although only in the lightest of touches, more of a 'feeling' than anything specific. Quarkbeast and Pickwick fans will be hugely at home here. If that appeals, and if you were ever a fan of 'Extras', you'll love this book. Promise.

Rath's idea of storytelling in lieu of rent is gorgeous, and those summer evenings spent in the attic with the chimaera lapping at lemon-balm tea and weaving tales were absolutely captivating. For me, that outer narrative was far stronger than the individual short stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable and Intriguing 1 July 2013
By Zoe
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I love short stories, and to me a really good collection is worth its weight in gold because I can return to it again and again. Nothing is more comforting on a rainy day, curled up in an armchair with a mug of tea and some biscuits, than a short story collection.

A Chimaera in my Wardrobe is worth its weight in platinum or possibly diamonds. This just has so much to offer - the whimsical, romantic, humourous and genuinely touching. I adore the framing story, and how each individual tale that the Chimaera unspools (Sheherazade-like) advances the themes of that narrative. I only wish that I could get a hard copy of this so I could read it in the bath without fear.

Definitely recommended for fans of Neil Gaiman's anthologies, or the FIREBIRDS short story collections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 11 Mar. 2013
By Carr
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A delightful collection of whimsy. In most collections of short stories there are one or two which I like less than the others, but here I enjoyed every one.
There were favourites, I very much enjoyed the ones with the policemen and would happily have read many more tales with them.
The biker girl with the snakes...perfect:-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting short stories 6 April 2013
By Suchea
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These short stories are told by a Chimaera who unexpectedly appears in the narrator's wardrobe (as they are well known for doing!). I read this book at a sitting and absolutely loved it. The stories are clever, funny, gentle and magical.
Highly recommended.
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