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Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Fairy Fruit at Costco

I have to put up a link to this essay in Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine by Elizabeth Hand, which I would recommend reading even if it contained no Magicians-related content whatsoever. It’s about my book (which emerges praised but not unscathed), Ursula Le Guin’s Cheek by Jowl, and Laura Miller’s The Magician’s Book, but it also manages to be a brilliant summary of the state of the fantasy genre and its increasingly crowded creative space:

It is this singular, once-in-a-lifetime, take-your-breath-away grace note that seems absent from much contemporary fantasy. Not because it’s badly written — there may be more well-written fantasy around today zithromax online sverige than ever, perhaps due to the proliferation not just of university writing programs but of independent science fiction and fantasy writing programs such as Clarion and Odyssey — but because the self-referential, recursive nature of so much contemporary fantasy literature has made it increasingly difficult for a writer to deliver that grace note, without it sounding like it’s been already been winded on someone else’s ivory horn. Our marvels have grown commonplace. Fairy fruit’s available at Costco now, and Whole Foods.”

Strike that, I would recommend reading this essay, even if it contained no fantasy-related content whatsoever, just as an example of the critic’s art.


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