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And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe by [Kiste, Gwendolyn]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 623 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Publisher: JournalStone (14 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XJ9Q48R
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've long been an admirer of Gwendolyn Kiste ever since I discovered one of her stories, Audrey at Night, in Sanitarium Magazine. She's had her work published in all the top magazines such as Nightmare, Shimmer, Lamplight, and Interzone and has such a unique gift for story telling.

So I was very excited to hear that she's about to release her debut collection with Journal Stone in April 2017.

I would describe the 14 tales in this collection as beautiful horror, enchanting like a fairy tale, spell binding, ethereal, but underneath the surface lies something very dark and unsettling

This is horror but with a strong feminine touch which is a much needed thing in the horror genre today which is heavily dominated with men. It's like a quiet horror that builds with every page. Tales that you will want to read again and again.

These are the stories of the forgotten and the rejected who refuse to fall asunder to change what makes them special to fit in. Powerful themes are dealt with in this collection such as illusions which keep us bound, love, loyalty, revenge and utmost regret. It celebrates the lives of people who see things differently who don't want to stand in line with everyone else.

For me the stand out tales are; The Tower Princesses, The Five Day Summer Camp, The Clawfoot Requiem and of course, Her Smile Will Untether the Universe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suffice it to say Kiste has a wonderful gift of taking elements of life that we may ... 25 April 2017
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This collection is the first exposure I’ve had to Gwendolyn Kiste’s work, and if I can’t find her earlier works I will definitely be searching for her future work as it comes out. And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe is comprised of fourteen stories that show a familiar world with deep currents of bizarre beauty, pain, and sheer anomaly running through it that create a tapestry of weird horror unlike anything I’ve read before. I’m not going to give examples simply because it’s unique with every story and does nothing to try to create comparison where there is none. Suffice it to say Kiste has a wonderful gift of taking elements of life that we may take for granted or may think don’t affect us at all, then show a gem within it which can evoke wonder or sorrow or terrifying empathy, all of them at the same time not being out of the question.

And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe has many stories that literally are a hard mile's walk in someone else’s shoes, and a large part of the surreal beauty and tragedy that weave throughout these tales is wondering how they do it. Kiste is a beautiful and disturbing new voice in literary horror, and any who enjoys reading it or who is just looking for an exciting new avenue of the of the Weird is doing themselves a grave disservice if they do not pick it up.
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare talent 11 Jun. 2017
By Alan Sessler - Published on Amazon.com
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Gwendolyn Kiste is one of the rarer talents of short story writing, and this collection is a stellar example of such. Her work really is beautiful to read and I'm certain this is what's referred to as “literary fiction.” Every word is there for a reason. It would be wrong to remove or replace a single one.

Her approach to each theme is as unique as the theme itself, ranging from first to second and third person, with a variety of clever tricks up her sleeve in the form of questionnaires, itineraries, and hand-written notes.

Hers is a style one immediately wishes they could somehow duplicate, and though imitation is the highest form of flattery, much like her last tale in the book, you can't catch that kind of lightning in a bottle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar collection of dark fantasy 19 April 2017
By Matthew Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
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Gwendolyn Kiste's debut collection is consistent from beginning to end. She doesn't write about sad girls ruminating on their sad lives. Instead, she tells tales of girls and women who DO something about their sadness and scars. Whether or not they fail or succeed in their undertakings, the author gives you a reason to flip the pages with her cutting, yet plush, prose. Not many collections can boast of such a solid table of contents, and I predict that "And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe" will be a worthy contender come awards season.
5.0 out of 5 stars I was delighted to see her first collection debut this spring 7 July 2017
By L. - Published on Amazon.com
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I’ve been a fan of Gwendolyn Kiste since first discovering her dark fairy tale, “All the Red Apples Have Withered to Gray,” in the online pages of Shimmer Magazine. I was delighted to see her first collection debut this spring. Kiste has a gift for braiding darkness with beauty, for finding the arresting image and evocative line. There are fiercely retold fairy tales in this collection, creeping horrors, a science-fiction dystopia, and--amidst the darkness and fear--glimpses of freedom and light. “All the Red Apples Have Withered to Gray” remains one of my personal favorites, but “The Tower Princesses” (which plays with the tale of Rapunzel and tropes of trapped princesses in a contemporary setting) tore at my heart. I loved the building tension in the science fictional “The Five-Day Summer Camp.” I loved the way Kiste depicts body horrors with beauty, as in her tale, “Skin Like Honey and Lace.” And I love her exploration of painful emotional truths, as in her concluding tale, “The Lazarus Bride.” Her stories vary in subject, but they are all united by her immediately compelling voice. If you like darkness and tension illuminated with gorgeous prose, this collection is for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Eerie 19 July 2017
By Reviewer88 - Published on Amazon.com
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This was beautiful and eerie collection. Each story was masterfully written, fascinating, and original. This has quickly become one of my favorite collections.
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