Dreams And Nightmares #89

Dreams and Nightmares 89Dreams and Nightmares #89 (May 2011)
Edited by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
Reviewed by Alexandra Seidel

This latest issue of Dreams and Nightmares comes to you scented with myth and a sense of longing, with much darkness but also with a sense of light. It may not be your typical summer read, but in my book, that is not a bad thing.
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A Guide to Folktales in Fragile Dialects

A Guide to Folktales in Fragile DialectsA Guide to Folktales in Fragile Dialects
by Catherynne M. Valente
published by Norilana books
168 pages
$22.95 hardcover, $14.95 paperback
Reviewed by Amal El-Mohtar
(This review first appeared at the SF site in 2008)

In Antoine Galland’s Arabian Nights, there’s a story called “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp.” In the story, Aladdin orders his Djinn to build a palace for the Sultan, and goes into great detail describing the woods and silks and gems to be used. He specifies, however, that he wants there to be one flaw in the whole, one window-frame of gems that is incomplete, in order to allow the Sultan the honour of finishing it. The Djinn complies with his wishes and builds the miraculous palace. Then, when the Sultan’s being led through it, feeling dazzled and dwarfed and humbled by his suroundings, his eyes light on the incomplete window, and he’s relieved to have found the flaw, the one tiny thing that can give his soul a break from the otherwise overwhelming awe.

That’s what reading Catherynne Valente’s A Guide to Folktales in Fragile Dialects is like.
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Journey to Kailash

The Journey To KailashJourney to Kailash
By Mike Allen
Norilana Press: Curiosities Imprint
$9.95 USD trade paperback / $19.95 USD hardcover
125 pages
Reviewed by Amal El-Mohtar
(This review first appeared at the SF site in 2009)

Before I begin this review in earnest, you should know that several of the poems appearing in Mike Allen’s Journey to Kailash first appeared in Goblin Fruit, the online quarterly of fantasy poetry that Jessica P. Wick and I publish. However, any bias I may have towards those poems ought to be more than countered by the jealousy felt over not having published a number of the other pieces in this collection, clearly making of me an impartial and discriminating judge of its contents.

Reader, it’s brilliant.
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