After I finished reading Wylding Hall, I immediately picked up Available Dark for a re-read. Also by Elizabeth Hand, this novel works well as a companion piece – the very English tradition of folk music-meets-countryside-eerie swapped for Nordic folklore noir, with an ear-splitting, black metal soundtrack. 906 more words
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Read this slim book in one sitting and you’ll get a perfect overview of the career of Elizabeth Hand. There’s the witty, subversive fiction. There’s an autobiographical piece – “Beyond Belief: On Becoming a Writer.” There are two biographical portraits of fine writers who are in danger of slipping out of public consciousness. 348 more words
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It is big and it is worth praising …Winterlong is a dense, graceful, bullying book of great length and much skill; it is a live tale, told in a live voice, by an author of muscle and drive and ambition; it shows the depth of talent available in science fiction.