- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (12 Jun. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061053481
- ISBN-13: 978-0061053481
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.1 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,123,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Last Summer at Mars Hill Paperback – 12 Jun 1998
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Elizabeth Hand's World Fantasy and Nebula award-winning short story, "Last Summer at Mars Hill" headlines this collection.
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The title story (Last Summer at Mars Hill) is my favorite, a poignant mix of coming-of-age and magic in a hippie commune, with the other stories ranging from the delightfully wicked (Engels Unaware) to the positively hair-raising (Prince of Flowers). Elizabeth Hand is at her best with the young, often female, protagonists, experimenting in a dark fantasy world tinged with malevolence, sexual overtones and the occasional quirky burst of innocence and joy.
Her full-length novels have, however, been of mixed fare, some exceptionally brilliant (Waking the Moon) and some difficult to get into (Winterlong, the Glimmering). Last Summer at Mars Hill I would rate at the top end of the scale, as it successfully captures an imaginative slice of her work, which should leave readers tingling and uncomfortably awake very late into the night.
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I am glad I took a chance on the anthology despite my previous forays into darkness via S. King, who is way overrated. These stories are on a much higher level of writing with concise wording which did not require fill-in words like many other authors.
The main characters in all of the stories are fully energized by the author's pen. I could easily fall in to these stories and feel what the characters felt. The backgrounds, the people, the atmosphere, are all seen and known.
I wish I could detail each story but you will just have to rely on this review and others written by my betters and read this grand collection.