Dreams Of Distant Shores by Patricia A. MckillipDreams Of Distant Shores by Patricia A. Mckillip

Dreams Of Distant Shores

byPatricia A. Mckillip

Paperback | June 24, 2016

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Featuring three brand-new stories and an original introduction by Peter S. Beagle, author ofThe Last Unicorn.Bestselling author Patricia A. McKillip (The Riddle-Master of Hed) is one of the most lyrical writers gracing the fantasy genre. With the debut of her newest work,Dreams of Distant Shores is a true ode to her many talents. Within these pages you will find a youthful artist possessed by both his painting and his muse and seductive travelers from the sea enrapturing distant lovers. The statue of a mermaid comes suddenly to life, and two friends are transfixed by a haunted estate.Fans of McKillip's ethereal fiction will find much to delight them; those lucky enough to be discovering her work will find much to enchant them.
Patricia A. McKillip is the bestselling author of more than thirty much-beloved fantasy novels, including The Riddle-Master of Hed, Harpist in the Wind, and The Sorceress and the Cygnet. She has received the World Fantasy Award for The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, Ombria in Shadow, and Solstice Wood, for which she also received the Mythopo...
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Title:Dreams Of Distant ShoresFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.38 × 5.5 × 0.78 inPublished:June 24, 2016Publisher:Tachyon PublicationsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic LeGuin is one of the greatest writers in the language; she did more than anyone to make sci-fi and fantasy "literature"
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I read this book a few years ago -- I can't believe it has such a low rating on here! The book was amazing. Majestic, enchanting, poetic. I couldn't put it down and carried it with me everywhere. If you're not into diary-style prose, then don't read it; but it really didn't feel like diary entries once you got into it. Also, if you're looking for more diversity in fiction, then definitely give this a go. #plumreview #fantasy #diversity
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Among Others Was just OK, doesn't get interesting until quite late in the book. A lot of boring fluff to fill out the book.
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I love books, I just didn’t love this one Judging from the description of this book, I thought this entire book was about Morwenna being chased around by her evil mother. Instead it followed the life of Morwenna at boarding school. Much to my dismay, and I’d rather just tell point it out. The book is so boring! I couldn’t help but wonder if this book was just a book to promote other books. Yes, I’m a fan of Lord of the Rings, and I enjoyed all the wonderful quotes and references from that trilogy, but where is the plot? Where is the development? Is it seriously about Morwenna and her mother? No, it’s truly not. It felt that Morwenna was struggling with the death of her twin sister, but where was that mentioned in the synopsis? Nowhere. There are beautiful fantasy related elements, the fairies, the magic that is apparent in her family, the book club meetings, even the diary style was great! I thought there would be more. More than just science fiction titles, what she did at school, who was mean to her, etc. etc. Maybe I'm judgmental, this entire book is the day to day life of a Welsh teenager living in England. On weekends, and holidays, she visits a father she barely knows, and apparently she believes her aunts are witches who want to kill her too. Why did her mother attempt to murder her and her sister? What happened that made her run away? Why does she have a bad leg? Was any of that answered? Nope it wasn't. Not a fan, and if the writing wasn’t so beautifully done, I would have given this book a one star. Do me a favour and please just borrow this one from the library. Read it if you like, but as far as I’m concerned, I’d read it for all the wonderful titles that Morwenna jots down. I love books, I just didn’t love this one.
Date published: 2014-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Among Others This is one of those books that people seem to either love or hate. I thought the description was not really a good way of telling people what the book was about...although I don't know how else it could be described. It is one of those books that sort of eludes description and neat summary. The book is written in diary format, which honestly, I don't always like. In this case, however, I found myself quite drawn into Mori's mind. I wondered throughout whether her perceptions were real or delusional (and no less real to the person experiencing them). The main event of Mori's life, that which forms the basis of her finding herself where she is (the confrontation with her mother and death of her twin) takes place outside of the book. The story that follows is the aftermath, the piecing together, of her life following those events. In some ways, this book reminded me of Fire and Hemlock, by Dianna Wynne Jones. In Fire and Hemlock, we get to see a list of what must have been considered by Wynne Jones to be the best and most influential literature for children and young adults. In Among Others, Mori's experiences and perceptions are so influenced and motivated by her love of reading, particularly science fiction, and I think we see what must have been loved and breathed by Jo Walton at some point in her own life. As a reader, I love to see those influences brought out as such an integral part of the story telling. As a lover of books from childhood to adulthood, it brought me to a level of profound understanding of and empathy for the characters in both novels. In the end, Among Others is a book of layered storytelling; of pictures being pieced together; and of parts moving and fitting and refitting. It is not a straightforward fantasy or magical realism tale, but something that requires thought and allowing the story to settle itself on the reader in its own time.
Date published: 2014-01-23

Editorial Reviews

Praise forDreams of Distant ShoresAn Overdrive Recommended Book[STAR] 'McKillip (Wonders of the Invisible World), winner of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, collects nine dazzling shorter pieces (both originals and reprints) in this outstanding collection. The brief, creepy 'Weird' opens the volume, merging an oddly romantic picnic in a bathroom and a mysterious threat outside into something that exists in a darkly beautiful interstitial place. The longest piece, 'Something Rich and Strange,' which appeared originally as a standalone novella in Brian Froud's Faerielands series, is anecological fairy tale that contains the most gorgeous of McKillip's prose ('her blind stare of pearl and wormwood')-and the weakest of her plots, but even weaker McKillip is well worth reading. The newer stories also shine. 'Mer' is a small gem about a nameless witch, a fishing village, and a mermaid statue. 'Edith and Henry Go Motoring' features a toll bridge that leads travelers on an unexpected journey. Beyond the short fiction, the volume finishes with an essay on writing high fantasy, andan appreciation of McKillip's work by renowned fantasist Peter S. Beagle. Fans of exquisite prose and ethereal fantasy will need to own this.'-Publishers Weekly'A young couple trade odd stories in a bathroom as something rages outside. An artist calls upon his muse, who answers him through an unfinished painting. A musical band of witches takes on a dark force during their bar performance. The seven ethereal tales (including three new ones), collected here touch on people's dreams and desires. Also featured is McKillip's 2002 essay on writing high fantasy and Peter S. Beagle's afterword, 'Dear Pat,' an appreciation of McKillip's work. VERDICT: McKillip (Wonders of the Invisible World) once more enchants with this volume, which fantasy readers will devour as they are transported into multiple realities.'-Library Journal'VERDICT This collection of fascinating and haunting tales that will linger with readers is a strong addition to short story and fantasy collections; hand to fans of Holly Black, Robin McKinley, and Donna Jo Napoli.'-School Library Journal 'Elegant and absorbing, [McKillip's] work never reads as stiff or formal, as some fantasy stories can lean toward, and the language, while beautiful, never loses the reader, but instead remains both lyrical and deeply visceral.'-Manhattan Book Review'Absolutely spellbinding. It has been a very long time since we read a gathering of short stories as perfect and beguiling as these.'-Starburst, 10 of 10 stars'McKillip's prose is both lovely and thought-provoking. Highly recommended to readers who enjoy fantastical short works.'-Fantasy Literature'Lovely prose . . .Dreams of Distant Shores is for the discerning fantasy reader.'-Elitist Book Reviews'Patricia A. McKillip'sDreams of Distant Shores is a stunningly beautiful and magnificent short story collection filled with excellent high fantasy. It's a perfect example of what lyrical fantasy authors are capable of achieving in modern fantasy fiction, because each of the stories is captivating and offers something new to readers.'-Risingshadow'A portal to the immanent magical worlds that McKillip convincingly suggests are nearby.'-Locus 'McKillip's prose is both lovely and thought-provoking. Highly recommended to readers who enjoy fantastical short works.'-Fantasy Literature'A new Patricia McKillip book is always a cause for celebration . . . There's not a wrong [story] note here'-Fantasy & Science Fiction'Glimpses of things which remain timeless, nameless, and true.'-Strange Horizons'Each tale felt like a dream permeated by a different style of magic . . . An excellent collection.'-Worlds Without End'It's both essential for fans and a lovely introduction to her work.'-B&N Sci Fi & Fantasy blog'Ever since finding and lovingThe Riddle-Master of Hed many years ago, I have read everything Patricia McKillip has written. You should too. Start with this book!'-Garth Nix, author ofSabriel and theKeys to the Kingdom series'I love Patricia McKillip's novels, but even more, I am passionate about her brilliant short stories-those coruscating jewels that are both remarkable for their language, their power, their wit, and their depth.'-Jane Yolen, author ofBriar Rose,Sister Emily's Lightship,Devil's Arithmetic, andSister Light/Sister Dark'Anyone about to open this book is a very lucky person indeed. You are about to encounter mysteries, monsters jewels, songs, witches, a treasure chest of story. Here are magic worlds, places of enchantment, and a wonderful, lyrical voice to guide you through them.'-Lisa Goldstein, author ofThe Red Magician andThe Uncertain Places'Some authors we read for their characters and their plots, others for the beauty of their language. I read Pat McKillip for all three. She's gifted beyond compare, a national treasure who should be cherished by all lovers of literature, and Dreams of Distant Shores is a perfect example of why I hold her in such high esteem.'-Charles de Lint, author ofThe Riddle of the Wren andThe Blue Girl'Absolutely spellbinding. It has been a very long time since we read a gathering of short stories as perfect and beguiling as these. 10/10 stars.'-Starburst Magazine'If you're a fan of modern High Fantasy that still manages to be fresh and new, I definitely recommend this.'-Brad K. Horner'These are the types of fantasies that open you to the fae and just don't let go immediately. I felt like I had become part of the wind and words, floating around waiting to be reality? recommending this to any and all people with imagination'-In Pursuit of My Own Library'Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia A. McKillip is unique, captivating, and a work of art.'-Luxury Reading'Dreams of Distant Shores will deserve a place in the collections of modern fantasy fans.'-Fresh Fiction'All the stories struck me as treasures.'-Through Raspberry Colored Glasses'Patricia A. McKillip displays an amazing imagination inDreams of Distant Shores. Each story is unique. Each story has vivid setting and engaging characters. The imagery is absolutely beautiful. Surprises are the norm in these tales, so prepare to be entertained.'-Whiskey with My Book'Tachyon Publications has a knack for putting out excellent collections of short stories. . .'-The WarblerMcKillip's prose is gorgeous as usual, and she blends art and myth wonderfully." - Fantasy CafePraise for Patricia A. McKillip'McKillip's is the first name that comes to mind when I'm asked whom I read myself, whom I'd recommend that others read, and who makes me shake my grizzled head and say, 'Damn I wish I'd done that.''-Peter S. Beagle, author ofThe Last Unicorn andSleight of Hand'World Fantasy Award winner McKillip can take the most common fantasy elements-dragons and bards, sorcerers and shape-shifters-and reshape them in surprising and resonant ways.'-Publishers Weekly, starred review'I read-and reread-McKillip eagerly. She reminds me that fantasy is worth writing.'-Stephen R. Donaldson, author of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant'Patricia McKillip is the real thing and always has been. She shows the rest of us that magic can be made with words and air; that is it worth doing and worth doing well.'-Ellen Kushner, author ofSwordspoint andThomas the Rhymer'McKillip skillfully knits disparate threads into a rewardingly rich and satisfying story.'-Amazon.com'Intricate, beautiful? .'-Chicago Sun-Times'Nothing less than masterly.'-BooklistPraise for Patricia A. McKillip's collectionWonders of the Invisible World'Mesmerizing? . Any collection of McKillip's short stories will be a valuable asset to any library and a joy to her many fans.'-Library Journal, starred review'Anybody who loves fantasy-not just for what most fantasy does, but for what the genre is really capable of-should definitely pick this book up. It's like a perfect encapsulation of fantasy writing at its most brave and beautiful.'-io9'Jewel-like writing, filling readers with a thoughtful and engaging story, while enchanting us at the same time.'-Book Swoon'A casket full of wonders. I think each one is my favorite, until I read the next. McKillip has the true Mythopoeic imagination. Here lies the border between our world and that of Faerie.'-P. C. Hodgell, author of the Kencyrath series'This brilliant new collection puts on display the audacity, the warmth, the intelligence, and depth of [McKillip's] huge and magnificent talent.'-Peter Straub, author ofGhost Story andA Dark Matter'The lively and enchanting stories inWonders of the Invisible World certainly deserve all the accolades I can summon.'-Paul Goat Allen,Barnes and Noble "