Saturday, January 16, 2010

Review: The Origin Of Stars and Other Stories by Katharine Haake

Set in the time when one millennium is rolling relentlessly into the next, the stories in this book examine a world remarkably like our own, and not. In one, for example, a girl exquisitely tuned to the sorrows of history ends up in a city blasted by light where she gets the chance to try dreaming things over. In another, a boy born lacking the ability to distinguish phonetic difference grows up to be a famed musician. There’s a dapper, square-headed astronomer who discovers the origin of stars in a bleak stone basin on a distant continent far away from everything, and a tiny-footed mountain climber who scales the tallest mountains in the world solo and barefoot at the end of time. With their innovative mix of hybrid narrative and plain old-fashioned story telling, these powerful eco-fables blend science fiction and magical realism with down home Americana to take a good, hard look at our dear and damaged planet, only to discover that nothing is ever quite as it seems.

Received from the author for review.

This one gets three stars. This was a good, solid read and well written. The stories were of a nice length, but I found the text to be oddly formatted. The book just had a very formal feel to it. It was interesting, but very literary and really for true literature lovers. It is certainly not light reading. It actually felt rather like something you'd read in a college literature class than something you'd casually pick up in a bookstore.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


Ryan G said...

I've been looking for a good short story collection so I may have to check this one out. Thanks for the review.

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