Monday, April 30, 2012

Odd Little Miracles by Fred Warren

STORYLINE:


In The Muse, Fred Warren took us to a world where imagination reigned supreme, and inspiration was a matter of life and death. Now, follow him through the twists and turns of twenty-two bizarre tales, where odd is commonplace, little things make all the difference, and miracles are everywhere, if you know where to look: An office temp thinks he has the world's worst job, until he spends a day sitting in for the Devil. Stolen fruit provides sweet justice in a city ruled by magic. In a world where two minds can share the same body, running afoul of the law has horrifying consequences. A young woman discovers something growing in the fields outside her village--something wonderful...and terrible. Do the impossible. Change the future. Save the world. All you need is one odd little miracle.


MY THOUGHTS:


'Bizarre tales' is right. These stories are fun, creepy, and extraordinarily bizarre. Several of them, including Weightless and a Quiet Afternoon at the Alabaster Ladies' Sewing Circle and Patchwork Society have crazy twists at the end--with creepiness added to the latter. Belphemor's Minion was a hilarious piece of fantasy work that reminded me of Warren's two novels, The Muse and the Seer, both of which I enjoyed.


I'd suggest 14 and up for this collection, mainly because I don't think younger kids would quite get some of the stories (and some of them might be a little too creepy/weird). All in all, if you enjoyed Fred Warren's novels or want to try reading a new author, Odd Little Miracles is a good collection.


Rating: Four out of five stars







1 responses:

Fred Warren said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Heather. I'm glad you enjoyed my stories.

Creepy, you say? Confound it, the stories were *supposed* to be lighthearted...

Igor! Back to the cemetery! I require lighter hearts!

Fred

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