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Reading Strange Matters (bundle)

Reading Strange Matters celebrates of some of the best in fantasy from the twenty-first century. Two dozen essays discuss important books from the new millennium which mix wild imagination and literary sophistication. First published at, these pieces collectively show the breadth of modern fantasy. Texts examined include Jeff VanderMeer’s Ambergris books, Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence, Ali Smith’s Hotel World, Stella Gemmell’s The City, and Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84.

One essay, on Nalo Hopkinson’s Skin Folk, appears here for the first time. See where speculative fiction’s going, and see some of the new worlds opening up in literature! The future’s being written right now — and you can read about the strange matter of that writing here.

This edition is a .zip file which includes Reading Strange Matters in ePub, mobi, and PDF formats.


Essays included in this book:


Saints and Shrieks: Jeff VanderMeer’s Ambergris Fiction

A Ghost Put to Good Use: Ali Smith’s Hotel World

The Deep Structures of Dreams: Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84

Precise Transgressions: Ursula Pflug’s After the Fires

The Thinning of Thinness: Susan Palwick’s The Necessary Beggar

Raising the Golden Fortress in Oil Country: Minister Faust’s The Alchemists of Kush

Unconcerned with Genre: Lydia Millet’s Oh Pure and Radiant Heart

The Opposite of the Uncanny: Wonder and Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus

Cosmological Intertextuality, or, T.S. Eliot by way of Michael Moorcock: Hal Duncan’s The Book of All Hours, or, Vellum and Ink

Learning to Fly: Nalo Hopkinson’s Skin Folk

An Art Of Harmony: Mary Gentle’s Black Opera

Qualities of Richness: Steph Swainston’s The Castle Omnibus

Wandering Myths on Motorcycles: Drew Hayden Taylor’s tales of Otter Lake, The Night Wanderer and Motorcycles & Sweetgrass

Digging Up The Dead: Hilary Mantel’s Beyond Black

Underneath the Centre of the Universe: Leah Bobet’s Above

Animal Stories: Johanna Sinisalo’s Troll: A Love Story

Urban Areas: Stella Gemmell’s The City

Urban Fantasy Gothic: Yangsze Choo’s The Ghost Bride

American Fabulation and Literary Fantasy: Matthew Flaming’s The Kingdom of Ohio

Voices and Echoes: J.M. McDermott’s Never Knew Another

Narrative Dance: Darcy Tamayose’s Odori

Stellar Archetypes: Greer Gilman and Cloud & Ashes

Reshaping the Undescribable Forest: Brian Catling’s The Vorrh

Every Kind of Story, All At Once: Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence

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