Starlings by Jo Walton

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The book also includes several poems, whose shorter length is well-suited to Walton’s idea-tinkering. An intriguing peek inside a fertile mind.
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“Exquisitely written feats of imagination, each one leaving an impression long after it’s done.”—Kelley Armstrong, bestselling author of Rituals.

In this intimate first collection from award-winning novelist Jo Walton (Among Others, The King’s Peace, Necessity) are captivating glimpses of her subtle myths and wholly reinvented realities. An ancient Eritrean coin uncovers the secrets of lovers and thieves. The magic mirror sees all but can do almost nothing. A search engine logically proceeds down the path of an existential crisis. Three Irish siblings thieve treasures with ingenuity, bad poetry, and the aid of the Queen of Cats. Through eclectic stories, intriguing vignettes, inspired poetry, and more, Walton soars with humans, machines, and more than a hint of magic.
 

About Jo Walton

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JO WALTON’s novel Tooth and Claw won the World Fantasy Award, and the novels of her Small Change sequence—Farthing, Ha’penny, and Half a Crown—have won acclaim ranging from national newspapers to the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. A native of Wales, she lives in Montreal.
 
Published January 23, 2018 by Tachyon Publications. 274 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Oct 16 2017

The book also includes several poems, whose shorter length is well-suited to Walton’s idea-tinkering. An intriguing peek inside a fertile mind.

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Above average
Reviewed by Tasha Robinson on Feb 01 2018

As a result, Starlings isn't particularly consistent, and some pieces certainly feel like momentary distractions, preserved for a dubious posterity. But even the fragments are fascinating because of the way they combine keen, resonant ideas with a variety of voices.

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