Red Spikes by Margo Lanagan

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Margo Lanagan's electrifying stories take place in worlds not quite our own, and yet each one illuminates what it is to be human. They are stories of yearning for more, and learning to live with what you have. Stories that show the imprint love leaves on us all.

If you think you don't like short fiction, that a story can't have the depth or impact of a novel, then you haven't read Margo Lanagan. A writer this startling and this original doesn't come along very often. So for anyone who likes to be surprised, touched, unsettled, intrigued, or scared senseless, prepare to be dazzled by what a master storyteller can do in a few short pages.

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About Margo Lanagan

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MARGO LANAGAN is an internationally acclaimed writer of novels and short stories. She is a two-time Printz Honor winner and a three-time World Fantasy Award winner. Ms. Lanagan lives in Sydney, Australia, and can be found online at and on Twitter as @margolanagan.

Author Residence: Sydney, Australia
Published November 13, 2007 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 178 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Lanagan’s searing prose and bizarre, whimsical vision once again pull together in a fascinating, baffling and rewarding collection.

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Publishers Weekly

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and the eponymous “Daughter of the Clay,” an unhappy changeling who travels to fairyland and decides in the end that it's best for her “to stay silent, on my bottom among the Clay, and fill my mouth with fish.” Gritty, dark and sometimes very nasty, these stories are, at their best, worthy of com...

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The Bookbag

Summary: Ten unsettling stories, often on a twisted fairy tale theme reminiscent of Angela Carter.

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Common Sense Media

Not all the stories are purely moralistic: In one story, a dead girl trapped in Limbo, wishes to experience any feeling, even the suffering of others in Hell.

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SF Signal

I’m not sure if I’m any closer to finding those elusive magic ingredients that make a great fantasy story that suits my tastes, so onward I trudge… Individual story reviews follow… The opening story, “Baby Jane”, mixes the beginnings of a fantasy book with multiple-worlds.

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