Monday, June 05, 2006

Horroscope has a review of 'Outcast' up at the moment by Miranda Siemienowicz.

Susan Wardle's "Things of Beauty" is probably the outstanding piece in this anthology. The first page is a flurry of new language, orientating the reader gently but powerfully to a deep and colourful new world. In this story the major social division is between ordinary society and the Misfits, the outcasts, who are struggling to escape the city in which they live. A major achievement in this piece is the character of Brom, a mute who communicates through gestures. But the strength of this story is also in the complexity of the action-heavy plot and the fast-paced, staccato tone that drives the narrative to very good effect.

How fabulous.

She has good things to say about the anthology as a whole. To check it out go to


Blogger Suzanne said...

What a great review! Have I read that story?

12:07 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

No. It's a post Clarion story. I wrote it quickly - put it up to my monthly crit group and subbed it out almost immediately cos the deadline on the antho was drawing to a close.

You usually get the ones I'm agonising over :-)

8:34 AM  

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