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Holly Black: The Poison Eaters & Other Stories

08 Jul 2010 · No Comments

The Poison Eaters & Other Stories was my introduction to Holly Black’s writing, and leaves me definitely looking forward to more. It’s just what you might express from a Small Beer Press’s more-or-less young adult imprint; it features vampires and other eminently marketable creatures of the night, but Black’s careful, evocative prose is more literary than much of the current young adult supernatural onslaught. The dozen stories also display a considerable range of setting, tone and theme. The title story is perhaps the strongest as well as the most original — it has a certain Kelly Link-ish quality of feeling like a reworking of a fairy tale you never actually heard.

needs more demons? Literally, perhaps. Metaphorically, no way.

Tags: b-author · fantasy · p-title · young adult

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