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Ekaterina Sedia

Autor/a de The Alchemy of Stone

41+ obres 2,408 Membres 118 Ressenyes 5 preferits

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Crèdit de la imatge: Tait Chirenje

Obres de Ekaterina Sedia

The Alchemy of Stone (2008) 641 exemplars
The Secret History of Moscow (2007) — Autor — 616 exemplars
Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy (2008) — Editor — 215 exemplars
Heart of Iron (2011) 185 exemplars
The House of Discarded Dreams (2010) 176 exemplars
Running with the Pack (2010) — Editor — 149 exemplars
Moscow But Dreaming (2012) 91 exemplars
Bewere the Night (2011) — Editor — 77 exemplars
Circus: Fantasy Under the Big Top (2012) — Editor — 67 exemplars
Bloody Fabulous (2012) — Editor — 40 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Gaslit Romance (2014) — Editor — 11 exemplars
According To Crow (2005) 10 exemplars
Clarkesworld: Issue 025 (October 2008) (2008) — Editor — 5 exemplars
Clarkesworld: Issue 026 (November 2008) — Editor — 4 exemplars

Obres associades

The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (2012) — Introducció — 228 exemplars
Haunted Legends (2010) — Col·laborador — 185 exemplars
The Future is Japanese (2012) — Col·laborador — 168 exemplars
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2011 Edition (2011) — Col·laborador — 122 exemplars
Magic in the Mirrorstone: Tales of Fantasy (2008) — Col·laborador — 114 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women (2014) — Col·laborador — 110 exemplars
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010 Edition (2010) — Col·laborador — 106 exemplars
Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness (2008) — Col·laborador — 104 exemplars
Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales (2013) — Col·laborador — 92 exemplars
The Apex Book of World SF 2 (2012) — Col·laborador — 86 exemplars
The Best of World SF: Volume 1 (2021) — Col·laborador — 81 exemplars
Dark Faith (2010) — Col·laborador — 75 exemplars
Realms: The First Year of Clarkesworld Magazine (2008) — Col·laborador — 72 exemplars
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013 Edition (2013) — Col·laborador — 63 exemplars
Mythic Journeys: Retold Myths and Legends (2019) — Col·laborador — 56 exemplars
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings (2012) — Col·laborador — 50 exemplars
Shotguns v. Cthulhu (2013) — Col·laborador — 40 exemplars
Clarkesworld: Year Three (2013) — Col·laborador — 38 exemplars
Fantasy (2007) — Col·laborador — 36 exemplars
Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition (2008) — Col·laborador — 32 exemplars
Last Drink Bird Head : A Flash Fiction Anthology for Charity (2009) — Col·laborador — 29 exemplars
Horrors Beyond 2: Stories of Strange Creations (2007) — Col·laborador — 23 exemplars
The Lone Star Stories Reader (2008) — Col·laborador — 23 exemplars
Japanese Dreams: Fantasies, Fictions & Fairytales (2009) — Col·laborador — 22 exemplars
Future Fiction: New Dimensions in International Science Fiction (2018) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
Gods, Memes and Monsters: A 21st Century Bestiary (2015) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
Descended From Darkness: Apex Magazine Vol. I (2009) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
Spicy Slipstream Stories (2008) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
Text: Ur (2007) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
Not Our Kind (2015) — Col·laborador — 13 exemplars
The Lion and the Aardvark: Aesop's Modern Fables (2013) — Col·laborador — 13 exemplars
Exotic Gothic 4 (2012) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars
Dark Futures: Tales of Dystopian SF (2010) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars
Descended From Darkness: Apex Magazine Vol. II (2010) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 10 • March 2011 (2011) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
Jabberwocky (2006) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
Poe's Progeny (2005) — Col·laborador — 10 exemplars
The Elastic Book of Numbers (2005) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
Mythic 2 (2006) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
Schemers: Betrayal Knows No Boundaries (2013) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
Zombies vs Robots: Women on War! (2012) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 14 • July 2011 (2011) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
Apex Magazine 17 (October 2010) (2010) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
Exotic Gothic 3 Strange Visitations (2009) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Strange Little Girls (2016) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Medicine Show (The Liquid Laughter Project) (2006) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Under the Rose (2009) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Clarkesworld: Issue 070 (July 2012) (2012) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Zombies Vs Robots: Diplomacy (2013) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Walrus Tales (2012) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Clarkesworld: Issue 018 (March 2008) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Altres noms
Sedia, E.
Sedia, Kathy
Data de naixement
Lloc de naixement
Moscow, Russia
Llocs de residència
New Jersey, USA
Moscow, Russia
Moscow State University
Rutgers University-Camden
fantasy writer
fantasy novelist
magazine editor
Biografia breu
Ekaterina "Kathy" Sedia, née Holland, was born in Moscow, Russia and attended Moscow State University. She came to the USA to work as a research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then enrolled for graduate studies at Rutgers University-Camden, New Jersey, where she earned a Ph.D. in 2001. She is a professor of plant ecology and evolution at Richard Stockton College of NJ. She is best known as a fantasy novelist, her most famous work to date being The Alchemy of Stone (2008). Her other novels include The Secret History of Moscow, According to Crow, and The House of Discarded Dreams. She has also written short stories, poems, and nonfiction books. She was the editor of Jigsaw Nation and the World Fantasy Award-winning Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy.



The Secret History of Moscow a Fans of Russian authors (gener 2016)


Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book. I borrowed a copy of this on ebook from my library.

Thoughts: I enjoyed this book but found the plot to be a bit messy and poorly paced. The story follows Mattie, an intelligent automaton who has gained independence from her maker to become an alchemist. Mattie is approached by the gargoyles to help them find a cure to their slow demise. Then Mattie is unfortunately drawn into a political conflict between the gargoyles, the alchemists, and the mechanics that is tearing the city of Ayona apart.

I enjoyed Mattie as a character, she was unique with a very unique set of concerns. Watching her struggle between hating her creator and still wanting to obey and support him was both tough and intriguing. She also wanted to form connections with other humans but her dreams would be dashed when the humans didn't recognize her need for connection.

I really loved the gargoyles who built this stone city and watching them try to adjust to the changes in their world. The city of Ayona itself was another aspect I loved about this

Where the story fell short was the plot. There are a few different plot threads going on here. Mattie's search for an alchemical cure for the gargoyles, Mattie's struggle to leave her creator behind, and then the turmoil between the different factions of the city. These storylines weren't woven together very well and would get dropped and then picked back up. It made the story feel fractured.

My Summary (4/5): Overall I enjoyed this. It was heartfelt, unique, and engaging. I loved Mattie, the city, and the gargoyles. I did struggle with how fractured the storyline felt. It is hard to find decent steampunk reads and this is one I would definitely recommend if you enjoy reading steampunk themed books. I do plan to check out additional books by Sedia in the future; there were some very unique ideas in here.
… (més)
krau0098 | Hi ha 34 ressenyes més | Feb 29, 2024 |
Not the best, not the worst, good, but frustrating. Just enough to get interested in the various characters, but only enough to be satisfied with regard to one.
IsraOverZero | Hi ha 30 ressenyes més | Sep 23, 2023 |
Just about anyone who loves to read is familiar with the great Russian writers of the 19th century like Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Pushkin, Gogol, Ckekhov, etc. But how many of us are familiar with the writers of modern day Russia ? While spending a lot of time watching the Sochi Olympics and hearing about Russia I decided it was time I looked into some current Russian literature, and wound up being really pleased with this selection. The Secret History of Moscow is a real gem. It has so many elements. It's part Russian history, part fairy tale, part horror, part fantasy. And for good measure there's even a bit of romance thrown in. Will definitely have to explore more modern day Russian fiction.… (més)
kevinkevbo | Hi ha 30 ressenyes més | Jul 14, 2023 |



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