Archives by Tag 'Short Stories'

Review: ‘Elementals’ by A. S. Byatt

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Title: Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice Author: A. S. Byatt Published: Vintage, 1999, pp. 232 Genre: Short stories Blurb: A new volume of stories from A. S. Byatt is always a joy, and this one is rich and rare indeed. In the same distinctive format as The Matisse Stories and The Djinn in the [...]

Review: ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’ by J. K. Rowling

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Friday, August 20, 2010

The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains five richly diverse fairy tales, each with its own magical character, that will variously bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril.  Additional notes for each story penned by Professor Albus Dumbledore will be enjoyed by Muggles and wizards alike, as the Professor muses on the morals [...]

Review: ‘Wayward Girls and Wicked Women’ ed. Angela Carter

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Friday, August 20, 2010

This collection of stories, about bad girls and wicked women, extols the female virtues of discontent, sexual disruptiveness and bad manners. The authors featured include Ama Ata Aidoo, Djuna Barnes, Jane Bowles, Colette, Bessie Head, Katherine Mansfield and Jamaica Kincaid.  (Goodreads Summary) Although I really enjoy Angela Carter’s own short stories, evidently I’m not as [...]