-- double World Fantasy Award-winner Jeff VanderMeer
More than 30 stories and poems from an author described by SF Site as "one of the most delightful, original, and varied new writers on hand".
A landmark collection of short fiction from a dazzling new talent. The stories range from sharp satire, through fairytale and tall tale, science fiction and fantasy, to passionate mainstream studies of life in modern Australia. Reading these stories, you quickly come to realise that you will be surprised, and surprised again.
Follow the seven scientists in search of a great theory, naturally enough (and it does seem natural in this author's hands) in a forest teeming with great theories; follow Werner, who creates intricate living machines while Gretina knits for the needy, a quite extraordinary love story where the everyday is always juxtaposed with the fantastic and real magic is never far from the surface. Flip from the whimsy of Robert Louis Stevenson's travels through the Cévennes as told by his donkey, to fears and a distorted sense of scale seen as only a child can see. Journey from a tough Australian farming community to a seaside retirement colony, to a 1970s alternative community, to rural Iowa and beyond.
Prepared to be unprepared. Be careful in here: there is an author at play within these pages. Anna Tambour is having fun with you and she has a wicked sense of humour.
Includes 17,000 words of bonus material.
Chosen in two categories (Collection and Novelette) in the Locus 2003 Recommended Reading List.
"I have particularly enjoyed Monterra's fable, and have read it to my pigs Alice, Ferdinand and Isabella, who also appreciated its humour and scope."
"Monterra's Deliciosa & Other Tales & could never be mistaken for ordinary genre fiction ... don't imagine this as high falutin' 'lit'rature' accessible only to people with advanced degrees. Anyone with a taste for beauty, audacity, sensuality, and wit can find much to enjoy here."
--Faren Miller, Locus
"... odd and surreal ... sometimes whimsical, and often wonderfully strange."
--Kelly Link and Gavin Grant, Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
"Anna Tambour is an Australian writer of decidedly offbeat stories... she has a supremely quirky viewpoint and a tendency toward genre-bending and strange humour. But I had no idea to what extent! Monterra's Deliciosa & Other Tales & is a revelation and a delight. Tambour's writing ranges from mainstream to slipstream, to animal and plant fantasies, metafiction, horror, science fiction, and stories odd enough that they can hardly be described as anything but 'Tambour fiction'."
--Rich Horton, "A Different Drum: Anna Tambour's First Collection Reviewed", Lost Pages
"Anna Tambour for me is one of those underrated speculative fiction authors."
--Charles Tan, Bibliophile Stalker