Dreams of Distant Shores ★★★★☆

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Title:         Dreams of Distant Shores
Series:      ———-
Author:    Patricia McKillip
Rating:     4 of 5 Stars
Genre:      Fantasy
Pages:      290
Format:   Digital Edition

 

 

Synopsis:

A collection of short stories and a novella showcasing McKillip’s writing style and preferred story content.

 

My Thoughts:

The majority of this book is taken up with the novella, Something Rich and Strange. I read that back in ’05 and wasn’t very impressed then and this time around nothing improved. That is the reason for the 1 Star deduction.

Now, the rest of the stories, they were excellent. They were what I EXPECT from McKillip. My favorite was about an artist who draws the Gorgon’s mouth and it becomes his muse, until it convinces him to fall in love with a real life girl who then becomes his true muse. Not being an artsy guy myself, most of the time I poo-poo stories dealing with art. However, this story, appropriately entitled The Gorgon in the Cupboard, drew me in and made the artist character sympathetic enough that even I was able to like him. The counter-story about the woman who becomes his muse, is poignantly sad and heartwrenching and provides a sad canvas upon which a happy story is drawn.

The Forward by Peter Beagle I could have done without. I am not a fan of Beagle, so his musings on meeting McKillip at various times came across as self-serving and very faux-humble.

If I ever read this again, I’ll just skip the novella and concentrate on the short stories.

★★★★☆

bookstooge

 

  1. 2005 Review of Something Rich and Strange
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20 thoughts on “Dreams of Distant Shores ★★★★☆

  1. I love short stories and even novellas. They help keep me out of slumps and fill those nice little empty spaces of time. I may have to look this up!

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  2. Christy Luis says:

    Nice, another worthy McKillip. Good to know she writes shorts as well as novels. Writers that so versatile are usually well worth reading. I still haven’t picked up Ombria in Shadow, but if you keep reviewing her stuff I might have to Lol. Thanks for the review!

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  3. I’m a fan of McKillip, but I hadn’t heard of this. I’m definitely going to have to pick this up if I get a chance. Nice review!💁🏻

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  4. Manuel Antao says:

    I’ve never been a McKillip fan.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I have to admit, I find myself surprised at that. Considering how poetical her writing is, I’d have thought she’d be right up your alley.
      And that is why I appreciate when you tell me straight out, “Author/Series X” doesn’t do it for me. It helps shape my, previously misconceived, perception of you 🙂

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  5. Ah this looks like fun!! I actually really love artsy stories- so if someone that isn’t into that liked it, then I think I’ll have to check it out!

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  6. […] My most satisfying read was a tie between The One Kingdom and Dreams of Distant Shores. […]

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  7. A novella with short stories? That’s a curious format with.. different “paces”.

    – Lashaan

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