Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories

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tunning new collection of short stories from the World Fantasy Award– and Newbery Medal–winning author of he Girl Who Drank the Moon.

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Kelly Barnhill comes a stunning collection of novella, teeming with uncanny characters whose lives unfold in worlds at once strikingly human and eerily original.

When Mrs. Sorensen ’ s wif dies, she rekindles a long-dormant love with an unsuitable mate in “ Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch. ” In “ Open the Door and the Light Pours Through, ” young man wrestles with grief and his sexuality in an exchange of letters with his faraway beloved. “ Dreadful Young Ladies ” demonstrates the strength and power—known and unknown—of the imagination. In “ Notes on the Untimely Death of Ronia Drake, ” a witch is haunted by the deadly repercussions of a spell. “ The Insect and the Astronomer ” upends expectations about good and bad, knowledge and ignorance, love and onging. The World Fantasy Award–winning novella The Unlicensed Magician explains the secret magical life of an invisible girl once left for dead—with thematic echoes of Barnhill ’ s Newbery Medal–winning novel, he Girl Who Drank the Moon.

By an author hailed as “ a fantasist on the order of Neil Gaiman ” ( Minneapolis Star Tribune), the tories in Dreadful Young Ladies feature bold, reality-bending invention underscored by richly illuminated universal themes of heartach, death, guilt, hope, and more.
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Published February 20th 2018 by Algonquin Books

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This act that I eagerly started reading on October 18, and the finished out of a ense of obligation two months later says it all.

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I wa n idea that dreadful young ladies would be he theme of these novel, with some sass and subversion and lightheartedness.

Definitely, this collection just was n't for me, or at least was n't for me as a library book with a due date so I wa to read all the stories quickly.

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I see to judge the stories individually, but also try to say omething about the overall eel and coherence of the collection.

Rating per story, and thi short escription of each story as written by he author:- Mrs Sorensen and the Sasquatch: 2/5 starsWhen Mrs. Sorensen ’ s usband dies, she rekindles a long-dormant love with an unsuitable mate- Open the Door and the Light Pools in: 4/5 starsa young man wrestles with grief and his sexuality in an exchange of letters with his faraway beloved.- A Dead Boys Last Poem: 3/5 stars- Dreadful Young Ladies: 3/5 starsabout the strength and power—known and unknown—of the imagination- The Taxidermists other Wife: 4/5 stars- Elegy to Gabrielle: 3/5 stars- Notes on the Untimely Death of Ronia Drake: 2/5 starsa witch is haunted by the deadly repercussions of a spell.- The Insect and the Astronomer: 2/5 starsupends expectations about good and bad, knowledge and ignorance, love and longing.- The Unlicenced Magician: 4/5 starsintroduces the secret magical life of an invisible girl once left for dead—with thematic echoes of Barnhill ’ s Newbery Medal–winning novel, Girl Who Drank the Moon When tallied up they score 3.1 stars on average, which fits my feeling about the collection as a whole pretty well.

Although not a bad rating at all, I might ’ t help but feel a little embarrasse, as I was honestly expecting to love his.

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his is a eautiful collection of eight short stories and one novella by Kelly Barnhill.

And th entire story is told from the point of view of the own ’ s priest, who is also questioning his life and his happiness.

A tory is about a solider questioning his sexuality while he is writing letters to his wife back home.

But the book also heavily talks about how love is genderless, and it was unabl to conve so many beautiful emotions from me.

And because it as to short, I eel like it didn ’ t pack the punch I really needed to connect with it.

Noticin that a ma must be anythin, absolutely verything, but seldo have people try to ake them eel like nothing.

I realize I said this above, but I elt like maybe this was a little too speculative for my personal tastes, and anyway I missed a few key tie ins, but I till liked the adventure of his story coming together.

The Insect and the Astronomer: A Love Story

- ★★★Don ’ t make me wrong, I ’ m here for all queer love stories, even between insects, but anothe one just really didn ’ t work for me.

I truly liked the footnotes, because that ’ s just something I always personally love in books, but he tal itself felt a little too thick for me to read through.

This reads like a dystopian fantasy, where in his world every quarter century magical children are born and the Minister ’ s people collect them and ake them to the Tower where they ill work until they die.

But if you love speculative fiction, and ome of the most beautiful prose you will ever read, I totall recommend this collection with my entir heart.

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Thank you so much to Algonquin Books for providing my free copy of DREADFUL YOUNG LADIES AND OTHER STORIES by Kelly Barnhill- all opinions are my own.This is a vivi collection of eight short stories and one novella that make for a fantastic read!

The standouts for me are Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch, Dreadful Young Ladies, Elegy to Gabrielle, Notes of the Untimely Death of Ronia Drake, and The Unlicensed Magician.

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But ust because I did n't like it does n't mean it 's s ba.

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