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Clockwork Phoenix 5 by [Brennan, Marie, Cato, Beth, Cooney, C.S.E., Hernandez, Carlos, Wise, A.C., Thakrar, Shveta, MacFarlane, Alex Dally, Taaffe, Sonya, Khaw, Cassandra]
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Length: 274 pages Word Wise: Enabled Language: English

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2016 Locus Recommended Reading List, Best Anthology

Contains "Sabbath Wine" by Barbara Krasnoff, 2016 Nebula Award finalist for Best Short Story


“Allen’s strange and lovely fifth genre-melding fantasy anthology selects 20 new short stories of unusual variety, texture, compassion, and perception. . . . All the stories afford thought-provoking glimpses into alternative realities that linger, sparking unconventional thoughts, long after they are first encountered.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Clockwork Phoenix anthologies offer homes to “well-written stories occupying multiple subgenres, usually in the same story, often ambiguously,” as Locus Magazine once put it.

In April, the ground-breaking, boundary-pushing, award-nominated series returns for a fifth incarnation, triumphantly risen from the ashes after another successful Kickstarter campaign. This is the largest installment yet, holding twenty new tales of beauty and strangeness.

With original fiction from Jason Kimble, Rachael K. Jones, Patricia Russo, Marie Brennan, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Rob Cameron, A. C. Wise, Gray Rinehart, Sam Fleming, Sunil Patel, C. S. E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez, Holly Heisey, Barbara Krasnoff, Sonya Taaffe, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Shveta Thakrar, Cassandra Khaw, Keffy R. M. Kehrli, Rich Larson, and Beth Cato. Cover art by Paula Arwen Owen.

Table of contents:

  • “The Wind at His Back” by Jason Kimble
  • “The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me” by Rachael K. Jones
  • “The Perfect Happy Family” by Patricia Russo
  • “The Mirror-City” by Marie Brennan
  • “The Finch’s Wedding and the Hive That Sings” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  • “Squeeze” by Rob Cameron
  • “A Guide to Birds by Song (After Death)” by A.C. Wise
  • “The Sorcerer of Etah” by Gray Rinehart
  • “The Prime Importance of a Happy Number” by Sam Fleming
  • “Social Visiting” by Sunil Patel
  • “The Book of May” by C.S.E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez
  • “The Tiger’s Silent Roar” by Holly Heisey
  • “Sabbath Wine” by Barbara Krasnoff
  • “The Trinitite Golem” by Sonya Taaffe
  • “Two Bright Venuses” by Alex Dally MacFarlane
  • “By Thread of Night and Starlight Needle” by Shveta Thakrar
  • “The Games We Play” by Cassandra Khaw
  • “The Road, and the Valley, and the Beasts” by Keffy R.M. Kehrli
  • “Innumerable Glimmering Lights” by Rich Larson
  • “The Souls of Horses” by Beth Cato

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1091 KB
    • Print Length: 274 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Mythic Delirium Books (5 April 2016)
    • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01A80038U
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,511 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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    Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
    This is an unusual anthology which is (deliberately) difficult to categorise. The best all-round definition of the stories might be ‘speculative fiction’ which covers a lot of ground between capital-L Literature and the wilder realms of fantasy / sci-fi.

    Some of the stories are excellent e.g. the very British and wonderfully eccentric The Prime Importance of a Happy Number, but too many others are long-winded or pointless (quite literally – they just stop in the middle). Whether this is because they are samples of larger works or just a literary pretension is unclear as all the summaries of the authors and their work are lumped together at the end instead of attached to the stories themselves as usual. I never got round to reading the summaries (it’s too fiddly going backwards and forwards on a Kindle and by the time I got to the end I couldn’t be bothered).

    For me the real test of an anthology is whether I would go looking for other works by the writers – in this respect CP5 fails the test and I won’t be reading any more volumes in the series.
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