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Colder Greyer Stones Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 2187 KB
- Print Length : 210 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : NewCon Press (7 Nov. 2013)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00GJRIA4G
- Best Sellers Rank: 977,617 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Wonderful opening story ‘Clockatrice’ sets the bar extremely high. The tale of a photographer who unwittingly unleashes a sinister mythological creature into the world blends history and horror with superb characterisation and the kind of dazzlingly descriptive prose that was something of a Lee trademark. ‘The Heart of Ice’ is a haunting take on Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘Snow Queen’ and boasts some beautifully lyrical and evocative writing. ‘The God Orkrem’ poses the question of what it might be like to be burdened with the powers and responsibilities of a supreme deity. ‘My Heart: A Stone’ introduces the character of Harco, a mystical rag and bone man who finds himself drawn into the orbit of a mysterious femme-fatale as he strives to solve the puzzle of a man’s petrified heart. ‘Killing Her’ is a quirky and funny story about how to get away with murder . . . kind of. Lee herself offers a short introduction to each story which gives an interesting insight into what inspired them.
If there’s a criticism to be made (and it seems to be one that dogged Lee for much of her career) it’s that several of the stories seem to emphasise mood and atmosphere over delivering a truly satisfying plot resolution. Nothing wrong with ambiguity, of course, but there’s a big difference between making the reader think and simply leaving them puzzled or unsatisfied. The worst offender here on that score is the closing story ‘The Frost Watcher.’ It starts well enough with a young shepherd encountering a strange being who warns him of impending disaster. The story seems to be building towards a spectacular pay-off and then . . . it doesn’t. It just kind of drifts off into metaphysical vagueness leaving you thinking: is that it?
Regardless of any shortcomings, Lee was still a unique and original talent who left an extraordinary body of work behind her. She will be missed.