Thumbprints by Pamela Sargent

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This eclectic group of short stories traverses time, place, and genre to deliver vivid accounts of captivating worlds, both real and imagined. By weaving together the historical and the fantastic, the stories in this collection produce fascinating narratives that remain deeply human. The startling title story, “Thumbprints,” explores the darker side of the book business when a literary agent goes too far to ensure that his author’s fees are paid in full. “Erdeni’s Tiger,” a historical drama, features a young wife in twelfth-century Mongolia who must master the spirit world to save her tribe. “Climb the Wind” revisits Mongolia in a modern-day setting as the country’s military past haunts its current inhabitants.

About Pamela Sargent

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Pamela Sargent is the author of the Child of Venus, Climb the Wind, and Star Trek, The Original Series #88. She has won Locus and Nebula awards and has been a finalist for the Hugo Award. She lives in Albany, New York.
Published October 1, 2004 by Golden Gryphon Press. 345 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This solid volume does a good job of showcasing Sargent's impressive range of style and theme, but given lukewarm receptions for the three collections she published in 2002 and 2003, it's unlikely to get much attention from nonfans.

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The difference between the three above examples and Youngerman is that while the authors of the former wanted to tell a story about a person or a group of people, Sargent wants to tell a story with a complicated plot and little soul.

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