Over at Avid Reader …

… the delightful Trent Jamieson says lovely things! And I’ll be at the Avid Reader Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club on 31 July.

Spinning a Fairytale Web

The fairytale is a rich soup of story. As a starting point their foundations are strong and deep, but it’s the way each writer builds on them that makes them at once universal and incredibly unique, and Australians are amongst the best writers at reworking, revisualizing and remaking them Margo Lanagan, Kate Forsyth, and Shaun Tan have all brought us wonderful and powerful retellings of fairytales. 

Angela Slatter definitely belongs on that list too. Her short fiction is dazzling, breathe-stealing, and jewel-like. She is truly one of Australia’s finest stylists and her work sings, full of ideas, magic and energy expressed with a true mastery of prose. There’s a very good reason why she has won the World Fantasy, and British Fantasy Awards, as well as numerous Aurealis Awards. 

The rest is here.

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