The Best of Margaret St. Clair eBook Ù of Margaret

The Best of Margaret St. Clair contents IntroductionIdris Pig The Sacred Martian Pig The GardenerChild of VoidHathor s PetsThe PillowsThe Listening ChildBrightness Falls from the AirThe Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles as by Idris Seabright The Causes as by Idris Seabright An Egg a Month from All Over as by Idris Seabright ProttNew Ritual as by Idris Seabright BrendaShort in the Chest as by Idris Seabright Horrer HowceThe Wines of Earth as by Idris Seabright The Invested LibidoThe Nuse ManAn Old Fashioned Bird Ch contents IntroductionIdris Pig The Sacred Martian Pig The GardenerChild of VoidHathor s PetsThe PillowsThe Listening ChildBrightness Falls from the AirThe Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles as by Idris Seabright The Causes as by Idris Seabright An Egg a Month from All Over as by Idris Seabright ProttNew Ritual as by Idris Seabright BrendaShort in the Chest as by Idris Seabright Horrer HowceThe Wines of Earth as by Idris Seabright The Invested LibidoThe Nuse ManAn Old Fashioned Bird ChristmasWryneck, Draw MeI picked this up after reading an anthology which included the story Brightness Falls From the Air Its masterful portrayal of abeautiful person of a race doomed by the cruel amusements of another,and the one man who tries to save her, brought me to tears And mademe wonder why on earth I had never heard of the author before St.Clair wrote most of the stories included here in the 40s and 50s witha few later ones included as well Brightness Falls From the Air isstill my favorite, but all of these stories were good Writers likethis really show that there was no excuse at all for some of the awfulsci fi that was churned out in the so called Golden Age Thesestories are not only great sci fi, but great literature well crafted,insightful, and cuttingly dark.Time to look upof her writing I hadn t read anything by her before and am glad I now have her stories and style are reminiscent of Clifford Simak and Theodore Sturgeon Odd and yet very compelling My favourite story here is The Wines of Earth , which has a hint of Bradbury Some stories go in many directions and don t seem finished in the sense of pieces coming together at the end which is sometimes enjoyable and sometimes puzzling. I came to St Clair by way of Sign of the Labrys and The Shadow People, which were both extremely interesting and flawed works, and I had heard that her shorter fiction was an entirely different matter.What I found here is a set of extremely polished, well crafted, and diverse works Only the last two, An Old Fashioned Bird Christmas and Wryneck, Draw Me , have that odd and off kilter edge informed by occult or Wiccan influences recognizable from the novels It s difficult to categorize t I came to St Clair by way of Sign of the Labrys and The Shadow People, which were both extremely interesting and flawed works, and I had heard that her shorter fiction was an entirely different matter.What I found here is a set of extremely polished, well crafted, and diverse works Only the last two, An Old Fashioned Bird Christmas and Wryneck, Draw Me , have that odd and off kilter edge informed by occult or Wiccan influences recognizable from the novels It s difficult to categorize the rest Idris Pig has a Leigh Brackett feel but leavened with lightheartedness this is an interesting innovation that I d like to findof, if it exists The Wines of Earth resembles Ray Bradbury but not so idiosyncratic Horrer Howse is a take on carnival dark rides that was extremely effective in conveying information and menace without providing explanation.She has a talent for fabricating the little details, and the words that go with them matter canker , cocohol , zygodactyl , dentautasen the little things of card games or beverages or trinkets, sprinkled with a deft hand The reuse of certain items suggests a shared setting among some stories The Best of Margaret St Clair is a short story collection by an early pulp sci fi writer spanning the late 1940s through the early 1970s The collection is uneven I really loved some stories, while others felt dated, and others just left me with raised eyebrows, wondering what the heck was that Overall, though, I really enjoyed it St Clair doesn t seem overly concerned about genre boundaries, and her stories areweird tales than strictly sci fi, blending horror, fantasy and specul The Best of Margaret St Clair is a short story collection by an early pulp sci fi writer spanning the late 1940s through the early 1970s The collection is uneven I really loved some stories, while others felt dated, and others just left me with raised eyebrows, wondering what the heck was that Overall, though, I really enjoyed it St Clair doesn t seem overly concerned about genre boundaries, and her stories areweird tales than strictly sci fi, blending horror, fantasy and speculative fiction, and I found this to be quite charming She talks about sex and sexualityfrankly than I would have expected during the era when she was writing, and I do think her being a woman writing in a male dominated genre comes through in small touches, particularly in Short in the Chest, though it never approaches an obvious feminist message If you like genre bending short stories and classic pulp sci fi, you may appreciate this overlooked author Twenty stories from the pen of one of the better known female writers of SF s golden age Lots of tales about humans and aliens, often with scary or macabre endings Sex is also prevalent in Ms St Clair s writing, notably in Wryneck, Draw Me, the most current story in the collection 1980 1 and Short in the Chest 1954 which has appeared in several anthologies Also notable are The Pillows 1950 , The Listening Child 1950 , Brightness Falls from the Air 1951 , Horror Howce 1956 Twenty stories from the pen of one of the better known female writers of SF s golden age Lots of tales about humans and aliens, often with scary or macabre endings Sex is also prevalent in Ms St Clair s writing, notably in Wryneck, Draw Me, the most current story in the collection 1980 1 and Short in the Chest 1954 which has appeared in several anthologies Also notable are The Pillows 1950 , The Listening Child 1950 , Brightness Falls from the Air 1951 , Horror Howce 1956 , and The Wines of Earth 1957 Margaret St Clair is an unappreciated gem Her stories often contain an interesting idea or unexpected twist Great collection of her short stories Highly recommend Not so much read, as given up on it s not bad, but just at the moment I do not feel in the mood for these rather creepy unsettling stories on the sf horror boundary Contains one of my favorite weird stories, Horrer Howce. Contents Idris PigThe GardenerChild of VoidHathor s PetsThe PillowsThe Listening ChildBrightness Falls from the AirThe Man Who Sold Rope to the GnolesThe CausesAn Egg a Month from All OverProttNew RitualBrendaShort in the ChestHorrer HowceThe Wines of EarthThe Invested LibidoThe Nuse ManAn Old Fashioned Bird ChristmasWryneck, Draw Me

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