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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book to transport you elsewhere, 19 Nov 2012
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Kronos (Exeter, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories (Paperback)
Kij Johnson's amazing stories in her first collection range across time and space with fluent ease. Her imagination is vast and boundless and she'll carry you wherever her mind travels to and settles -- Heian Japan, the far future, smalltown USA; nothing is impossible for her. No one has punctured the membranes holding different worlds separate -- in space, time, genre, imagination, or in any other taxonomical category of apartness you can think of -- with such intoxicating results. Her vision of the interfaces between animals and humans, and their occasional dissolution, is alone worth the price of admission. The stories are all uniquely affecting too: I defy you not to tear up after you finish the title-story. Seek out this book, it'll enlarge your soul.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent dreamy, fantastical shorts, 5 Oct 2012
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Claire Fisher (94 Lawn rd, Bristol) - See all my reviews
This review is from: At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories (Paperback)
Kij Johnson has won a few awards for her short stories and after reading this book I can see why. Mostly they edge towards the fantastical and span a long inventive career. These tales aren't trick ones but are heartfelt, the writings lovely and characters shine through. There are short ones, meta ones, heart breaking and creepy ones, there is romance, whimsy and many many journeys, they shift in tone from the delightful innocence to something rather more adult and dance through the fantastical genres with delight. Animals centre quite heavily, but so does finding a home, love and death and acceptance. It is a heady book full of people in fantastical situations and though of course mixed, there are enough superb tales to make this a great buy.

My favourites? oh so hard.
The novella "The Man Who Bridged the Mist," where an architect's bridge changes everything hit me hard emotionally, "The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change" an eminently disturbing tale of love and murder when pets learn to talk and the amusingly, mysterious tale of magic and monkeys in "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss". I still cried at the end of the "river of bees" even though it's one of my least favourites.

What's even more brilliant, that to entice you, you can read some of these stories online, links collected over at the publishers website. [...]

Highly recommend to buy, but you must at least try one the above.

Note: part of the LibrayThing Early reviewers although that doesn't affect my opinion!
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