Tag: Author: Patricia A. McKillip

Books: A Batch of Mini-Reviews

Posted 20 June, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Time for another round of mini book reviews (the first of two this week, actually). Included in this batch are:

Collected Poems
By: W.B. Yeats
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

W. B. Yeats was Romantic and Modernist, mystical dreamer and leader of the Irish Literary Revival, Nobel prizewinner, dramatist and, above all, poet. He began writing with the intention of putting his ‘very self’ into his poems. T. S. Eliot, one of many who proclaimed the Irishman’s greatness, described him as ‘one of those few whose history is the history of their own time, who are part of the consciousness of an age which cannot be understood without them’. For anyone interested in the literature of the late nineteenth century and the twentieth century, Yeats’s work is essential. This volume gathers the full range of his published poetry, from the hauntingly beautiful early lyrics (by which he is still fondly remembered) to the magnificent later poems which put beyond question his status as major poet of modern times. Paradoxical, proud and passionate, Yeats speaks today as eloquently as ever.

I’ve come across W.B. Yeats every now and then but never actually picked up a collection of his poetry to read. It was interesting to read this collection because you could trace out his progression as a poet over time, the different formats that he used. I have to say though I very much prefer his earlier works to his later works; I feel with the later works I need to be in a better mood to really sink into them.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Review: Dreams of Distant Shores

Posted 28 October, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Dreams of Distant Shores
By: Patricia A. McKillip
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Featuring three brand-new stories and an original introduction by Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn.

Bestselling author Patricia A. McKillip (The Riddle-Master of Hed) is one of the most lyrical writers gracing the fantasy genre. With the debut of her newest work, Dreams of Distant Shores is a true ode to her many talents. Within these pages you will find a youthful artist possessed by both his painting and his muse and seductive travelers from the sea enrapturing distant lovers. The statue of a mermaid comes suddenly to life, and two friends are transfixed by a haunted estate.

Fans of McKillip’s ethereal fiction will find much to delight them; those lucky enough to be discovering her work will find much to enchant them.

Yay, another new book from Patricia A. McKillip! As many of you may know, I’m a big fan of her books, so I was delighted to learn that she was releasing another collection of short stories this 2016 and just couldn’t resist pre-ordering it xD

I have to say, this latest batch of short stories is very much in keeping with her latest trend of storytelling a la Kingfisher (review) whereby most of these tales are set in our world but with magical and fantastical elements or happenings. I admit, I much prefer her earlier stories that are set wholly in a fantastical world of its own rather than in our world, but that’s a personal preference, and it doesn’t stop the stories contained within this volume from being rather interesting. I reckon I may have to re-read a few of them again to truly grasp some of the nuances of the story, but the stories that stuck out for me the most were “The Gorgon in the Cupboard” and “Something Rich and Strange”, probably because they were the longer pieces included in this book and thus had more time to develop (both the stories and the characters).

What is nice about this collection is that a short essay was included at the end of the book in which she talks about her writing process a bit and how she approaches writing fantasy novels. For readers big on fantasy novels or writers of the genre, it’s an essay definitely worth checking out and reflecting on.

If you’re a new reader to Patricia A. McKillip’s books and you want to read her short stories, I wouldn’t recommend starting with this book, I’d probably recommend her early collection Harrowing the Dragon (review). Nonetheless it’s another excellent volume from Patricia A. McKillip and a volume I’ll likely revisit as I anticipate her next book!

Rating: ★★★½☆

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Review: Cygnet

Posted 26 October, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

By: Patricia A. McKillip
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

In the realm of fantasy, one name stands out from the crowd. For many years, Patricia A. McKillip has charmed readers with her “unique brand of prose magic” (Locus). Now, for the first time in one volume, she offers two of her classic tales-The Sorceress and the Cygnet and The Cygnet and the Firebird-which delve into the fate of the Ro family and an otherworld rich in myth and mayhem, magic and adventure.

And here we are, the last Patricia A. McKillip book sitting on my TBR pile as of April 2016. I like that they bound the two books into one volume so one can enjoy reading both books without break 🙂 I had meant to read this book over the winter but it ended up getting bumped into the spring season but anyway, I finally read it, hurray 🙂

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Review: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

Posted 25 August, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
By: Patricia A. McKillip
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Sybel, the beautiful great-granddaughter of the wizard Heald, has grown up on Eld Mountain with only the fantastic beasts summoned there by wizardry as companions. She cares nothing for humans until, when she is 16, a baby is brought for her to raise, a baby who awakens emotions that she has never known before. But the baby is Tamlorn, the only son of King Drede, and, inevitably, Sybel becomes entangled in the human world of love, war and revenge – and only her beasts can save her from the ultimate destruction…

Ahh! I’m dwindling down on the number of Patrica A. McKillip books left to read from her backlist ;_;

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Review: Kingfisher

Posted 23 February, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

By: Patricia A. McKillip
Format/Source: eARC courtesy of the publishers via NetGalley

Hidden away from the world by his mother, the powerful sorceress Heloise Oliver, Pierce has grown up working in her restaurant in Desolation Point. One day, unexpectedly, strangers pass through town on the way to the legendary capital city. “Look for us,” they tell Pierce, “if you come to Severluna. You might find a place for yourself in King Arden’s court.”

Lured by a future far away from the bleak northern coast, Pierce makes his choice. Heloise, bereft and furious, tells her son the truth: about his father, a knight in King Arden’s court; about an older brother he never knew existed; about his father’s destructive love for King Arden’s queen, and Heloise’s decision to raise her younger son alone.

As Pierce journeys to Severluna, his path twists and turns through other lives and mysteries: an inn where ancient rites are celebrated, though no one will speak of them; a legendary local chef whose delicacies leave diners slowly withering from hunger; his mysterious wife, who steals Pierce’s heart; a young woman whose need to escape is even greater than Pierce’s; and finally, in Severluna, King Arden’s youngest son, who is urged by strange and lovely forces to sacrifice his father’s kingdom.

Things are changing in that kingdom. Oldmagic is on the rise. The immensely powerful artifact of an ancient god has come to light, and the king is gathering his knights to quest for this profound mystery, which may restore the kingdom to its former glory—or destroy it…

Readers of my blog know that Patricia A. McKillip is one of my favourite authors, in the fantasy genre and in general. So I was pretty excited when I found out that she was coming out with a new book this year (flailing, in fact) 🙂 I was fortunate to have been approved an eARC of the novel to read in exchange for an honest review. This book will be available on 02 February 2016.

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