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Last Year, When We Were Young by [McKiernan, Andrew J.]
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Length: 306 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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'Last Year, When We Were Young' bring together 16 tales that defy conventions of genre and style, every one with an edge sharper than a razor and darker than a night on Neptune.

From the darkly hilarious 'All the Clowns in Clowntown', to the heart-breaking and disturbing title story, this debut collection from multi-award nominated author and illustrator Andrew McKiernan pulls no punches.

"McKiernan is a magician. He performs magic tricks in every story, spinning us around, making us believe one thing before showing us we were wrong all along. His stories are pure magic, staying with you like an echo long after reading." -- Kaaron Warren, author of 'Slights' and 'Walking the Tree'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2319 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Satalyte Publishing; 1 edition (28 June 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LDTZCA0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I should have written this review months ago. It was sometime in June that I finished Andrew J McKiernan’s Last Year, When We Were Young and it’s close on September now, and in all that time I’ve been mulling on what I could possibly write that might do justice to this extraordinary collection of stories.

To say it is a diverse collection is both to state the obvious and to understate the breadth of ground—the genres, the ideas, the voices—that these fifteen stories cover. The tales are so varied, you might think that the only thread binding them is the restless imagination of their author. With enviable facility, McKiernan shifts between literary horror, contemporary supernatural, alternate history, steampunk, noir, and the classic, old-fashioned ghost story, without ever descending into the archness of “genre-busting”. This dissociative identity disorder is a great strength of the collection, but it also caused me no small amount of frustration; I came to the end of so many of the stories, enraptured, clamouring for more of the same, only to be dragged off in some entirely other direction. But the stories are so stylish, so effortlessly cinematic, evoking worlds that bloom outward far beyond their handful of pages, that I would soon be sucked in again, only to face the same disjunct at the next story’s end.

While I enjoyed every course of this unusual degustation, there are some clear standouts. McKiernan is an able fantasist, and his vivid otherworlds—the steampunk un-Sydney of Calliope, the Alien-like space nightmare of The Wanderer in the Darkness, and the incomparable All the Clowns in Clowntown—are all intelligent, compelling, and vividly realised genre pieces.
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I really enjoyed these stories. It was the first time I have read this author and, hearing about the book tangentially, am really pleased that i bought it. The stories are quite varied in terms of locale, time and style but many of them have a theme of our world coming in contact with something horrific. Having said that, I wouldn't want you to write these stories off as just horror. They show a sensitivity to the human condition, and many of them are very inventive. Only one or two seemed a little too long, and one (for me) missed its mark; the others were nice and tight and unfolded well. I like it when a story gives you a hint of where it is going, leaving the reader to watch as realisation dawns on the characters.

Give this one a go - well worth it.
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This book stands out amongst the many I have read. A collection of short stories that stay with you long after you have read the last page. A voice that stands out in the crowd, Andrew McKiernan cleverly weaves tales that will captivate you. There is an abundance of variety in this collection of short stories; tales that will make you laugh, cry or shudder in horror. Worthy of the awards it has won, Last year, when we were young, is a masterpiece. Watch this author, as this is sure to be only one of many delights he has to offer. Buy this book... You won't be disappointed.
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