Monday, April 30, 2012

Odd Little Miracles by Fred Warren


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.


'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!



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