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The Tangleroot Palace: Stories (edició 2021)

de Marjorie Liu (Autor)

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Títol:The Tangleroot Palace: Stories
Autors:Marjorie Liu (Autor)
Informació:Tachyon Publications (2021), 256 pages
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Etiquetes:Fiction, Short Stories

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The Tangleroot Palace: Stories de Marjorie M. Liu

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3 and a half stars. Marjorie Liu is the writer of the awesome Monstress graphic novel series, and this collection of short stories based on reimagined fairy tales really brings them to life.
  macha | Dec 5, 2021 |
Short stories, but damn good ones. ( )
  Tip44 | Nov 18, 2021 |
Contents in published date order:
-- Tangleroot Palace (2009)
-- After the Blood (2010)
-- The Light and the Fury (2010)
-- Sympathy for the Bones (2012)
-- Where the Heart Lives (2012)
-- The Last Dignity of Man (2013)
-- The Briar and the Rose (2016) Read previously and LOVED. Happy to now own a copy of the short. I'm very impressed by the talent of this author. She retold the Sleeping Beauty story in a very cool way. A witch has stolen the body of beautiful princess Rose. The witch loves beauty above all. With that beauty she targets wealthy men to pay the bills etc. She has a bodyguard, our hero, a Brienne of Tarth type. One day a week the witch locks herself in a tower, drinks some strong drug that is meant to make her sleep deeply. Rose starts waking on these day and this is when the bodyguard learns Rose is in there. {novelette}
  Seayla2020 | Aug 22, 2021 |
I’ve not read any of the author’s novels before but I have enjoyed her Monstress graphic novel series for it’s beautiful art and a host of powerful and brilliant female characters. So it was no surprise to know that this collection of stories too is mostly about women - women who are strong of will and determined to survive. There is a bit of a common theme about magical woods through most of these stories and the descriptions truly gave me chills, as did some of the events which took place. The author doesn’t shy away from showing us the darkness and all of these stories revel in toeing the line between light and dark, letting us to believe what we choose. A very interesting collection, which is even more enhanced by the author’s commentary about why she wrote each story and what she feels about them now.

Sympathy for the bones

Dark and twisty tale about what one woman would do for the sake of freedom, for being relieved from being shackled to someone cruel, and what would she do differently than what was done to her. A bit gruesome, but nevertheless quite interesting.


The Briar and the Rose

A retelling of Sleeping Beauty, this story was a wonderful tale of female agency, finding the courage to survive in desperate circumstances when there doesn’t seem to be any hope, and two women helping each other through the power of their love. Very beautiful writing.


Call Her Savage

Set in an alternate colonial world, this is the story of a powerful woman who was once famous for her strength and exploits in war, but who can only remember the grief and ravages of the time; how she has tried to stop fighting because she couldn’t handle it anymore, but ultimately it’s not always her choice, and circumstances decide what her path forward should be. Interesting combination of colonialism, magical crystals, advanced technology and plain old war.


The Last Dignity of Man

Parts of this story were horrific to read, but the emotions it invokes are even more intense. I don’t wanna give away much but amidst a combo of a tech billionaire who wants to be a comic book supervillain and meet his nemesis, and lots of morally ambiguous scientific experimentation - all I could feel was the desperate loneliness throughout.


Where the Heart Lives

Set in a mystical forest which is described stunningly, this is a bittersweet story of what loneliness does to a person, as well as how experiencing love and family for the first time can make a person strong and resilient.


After the Blood

Set in the bleak aftermath of a pandemic, this was hard to read because of our own reality but it was also interesting to see Amish vampires, and many other supernatural creatures fighting for survival in a very changed world.


The Tangleroot Palace

This eponymous story was more like a novelette than a short story and again had a mystical scary forest, a trapped queen, and a young woman bound to marriage who just wants her freedom but discovers her capacity for more along the way.

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
With captivating lyrical prose Marjorie Liu has written a short story collection that will enchant readers from start to finish.

From the creator of Monstress, The Tangleroot Palace: Stories is a collection of six fantastical short stories and one novella. This lushly written collection runs the gamut from a fairy tale-esque princess on a quest to a post-apocalyptic horror story. Each story is a glimpse into an enthralling new world. Whether a fan of steampunk, high fantasy, horror, or fairy tale retellings, there’s something in the collection for every type of genre reader.

Even in such a marvelous collection there’s always a stand out and for me that was The Briar and the Rose. A Sapphic reimagining of Sleeping Beauty that takes on the dark elements of rape and loss of bodily autonomy that often get ignored in new versions and retellings of the original story. In Liu’s deft hands the tale becomes one of a woman possessed by a witch who regains control of her own body every Sunday and the woman’s bodyguard who is the only one who notices.

Fans of genre fiction and short stories should pick this one up. Liu’s talent with world building alone make this collection a must read.

Disclosure: This review is based on a digital galley provided by the publisher through Netgalley. ( )
  midnightbex | Jun 15, 2021 |
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