Black Juice by Margo Lanagan

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As part of a public execution, a young boy forlornly helps to sing his sister down. . . . A servant learns about grace and loyalty from a mistress who would rather dance with Gypsies than sit on her throne. . . . A terrifying encounter with a demonic angel gives a young man the strength he needs to break free of his oppressor. . . . On a bleak and dreary afternoon a gleeful shooting spree leads to tragedy for a desperate clown unable to escape his fate.

In each of Margo Lanagan's ten extraordinary stories, human frailty is put to the test by the implacable forces of dark and light, man and beast. black juice offers glimpses into familiar, shadowy worlds that push the boundaries of the spirit and leave the mind haunted with the knowledge that black juice runs through us all.


About Margo Lanagan

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Margo Lanagan has worked as a kitchen hand and encyclopedia seller, and spent ten years as a freelance book editor. She is now a technical writer as well as a creative one. Ms. Lanagan's critically acclaimed North American debut, Black Juice, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book and won two World Fantasy Awards. Black Juice also received the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction, a Golden Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Short Story, and a Bram Stoker Award nomination from the Horror Writers of America. The author lives in Sydney, Australia, with her partner and their two sons.
Published March 15, 2005 by HarperCollins. 201 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Several stories feature nonhumans, from toothy “Yowlinin” that burst catastrophically from the ground, to miracle-working but utterly repulsive angels (“Earthly Uses”) and, in a tour de force exercise in narrative voice, a herd of trained elephants that sets out to rescue its beloved mahout, “Swe...

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In Lanagan's hands the implications of words and phrases, the meanings folded into them, balloon out into landscapes as complex and interrelated and hence indeterminate as life itself: life in Indonesia or New South Wales, the past or the future or anywhere.

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But, like Bradbury, the subject matter is hardly limited to adolescence and my natural cynicism leads me to suspect that those who consider this "juvenile" fiction "safe" for younger readers probably haven't read it.

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