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  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Nodens Books (28 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615598870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615598871
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,283,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Evangeline Walton (1907-1996) was born and raised in Indianapolis. In 1946 she moved to Tucson, where she resided for the rest of her life. She published seven novels, and in 1989 received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. She is perhaps best known for her classic Mabinogion Tetralogy.

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As with Yeats, or with Machen, at their best these short stories give the impression that you are reading not mere fiction, but stories of real Celtic folklore, handed down to the author from a more mystical and pagan past. And even at their worst, they are always evocative and atmospheric. However, what mars this collection for me is its inconsistency.

This can be found in the overall stories - a subtle tale with an ambiguous ending is placed next to one titled 'Werewolf', in which a description of a character as having pointed teeth rather gives away the rest of the tale. It can also be found in the writing, where frequent flashes of poetic brilliance lie alongside clumsy sentence structure, awkward repetition or cliche. And whilst some of the scenic descriptions make it feel as she has walked the cliffs and forests she describes, at other times it seems clear that she has not.

There are also an unfortunate number of punctuation errors, which sometimes mar the flow of the stories, whilst the spelling of characters' names alter on occasion. I do not know whether these errors were in the original manuscripts, but even if so, a kind editor might have fixed what are clearly mistakes.

But overall, the stories are well worth taking the time to read, and the best of them will linger with you long after you have finished doing so.
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