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Clockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness Paperback – Import, 1 July 2009
- Publisher : Norilana Books (1 July 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 296 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1607620278
- ISBN-13 : 978-1607620273
- Item Weight : 438 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.7 x 22.86 cm
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I like them both.
Was interested to read in the author segments at the back of the book that Mike Allen, the editor, wanted to see more strange and experimental fiction, but at the same time often found many experimental works to feel "incomplete and unsatisfying," and "forgettable because they lack emotional punch." Apparently he was seeking out stories that occupied a middle ground between a more traditional narrative arc and the spirit of the strange and experimental.
This is perfect for me, since I love the bizarre and the experimental in fantasy, but I also often feel unengaged and let down by the seeming lack of any point in many examples of this type of fiction. I usually tend to assume that maybe I'm just not getting the story, rather than that the story truly lacks any point (or perhaps that looking for a point is missing the... point), but either way, the effect is the same - I don't really connect with the piece or care very much about it. I didn't feel that way about a single story in this collection - they all felt complete and satisfying from start to finish.