Filter House

Filter House

Short Fiction

Book - 2008
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Filter House collects the short fiction by Nisi Shawl and includes an introduction by Eileen Gunn (author of Stable Strategies). The collections fourteen tales offer a haunting montage that works its magic subtly on the readers subconscious. As Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club says, This lovely collection will take you, like a magic carpet, to some strange and wonderful places. Three of the stories are original to the volume. Eminent novelist and critic Ursula K. Le Guin writes: From the exotic, baroque complexities of At the Huts of Ajala to the stark, folktale purity of The Beads of Ku, these fourteen superbly written stories will weave around you a ring of dark, dark magic. Matt Ruff, author of Set This House In Order and Bad Monkeys calls Filter House A traveling story-bazaar, offering treasures and curios from diverse lands of wonder. Eileen Gunn, author of Stable Strategies, concurs that these are Remarkably involving stories that pull you along a path of wonder, word by word, in worlds where everything is a bit different.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Aqueduct Press, c2008
ISBN: 9781933500195
Branch Call Number: SF SHAWL 2008
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 21 cm


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Booklist: "In these stories, characters tend to lack power in a traditional sense yet are strong and resourceful in worlds running a gamut from nearly contemporary to the strangest of futures. Beginning with At the Huts of Ajala, the story of a girl with two heads, and proceeding to Wallamel... Read More »

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LPL_KateG Dec 15, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this collection - it was at times magical and at times a little spooky, but always fascinating. Shawl's writing was conversational and compelling... I often felt like I was listening to someone tell a tale passed down for generations. If you're already into Fantasy, this is a great read, but I'd also recommend it for folks who don't typically read in that genre! My favorite story was "The Water Museum," which you can find online if you want to get a taste for her style!

Barbara5060 May 13, 2013

Shawl has a unique point of view - some of her stories were hard for me to finish because of their content, but she starts from an uncommon place. Challenging reading.


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