At the Mouth of the River of the Bees

At the Mouth of the River of the Bees

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A sparkling debut collection from one of the hottest writers in science fiction: her stories have received the Nebula Award the last two years running. These stories feature cats, bees, wolves, dogs, and even that most capricious of animals, humans, and have been reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror , Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year , and The Secret History of Fantasy .

At the Mouth of the River of Bees
26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss
The Horse Raiders
Spar
Fox Magic
Names for Water
Schrodinger's Cathouse
My Wife Reincarnated as a Solitaire
Chenting, in the Land of the Dead
The Bitey Cat
The Empress Jingu Fishes
Wolf Trapping
The Man Who Bridged the Mist
Ponies
The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles
The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change

Kij Johnson 's stories have won the Sturgeon and World Fantasy awards. She has taught writing; worked at Tor, Dark Horse, and Microsoft; worked as a radio announcer; run bookstores; and waitressed in a strip bar.


Publisher: Easthampton, MA : Small Beer Press ; [Minneapolis] : Distributed to the trade by Consortium, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781931520805
1931520801
Branch Call Number: SCIFI Johnson Kij 09/2012
Characteristics: 297 p. ;,22 cm.

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Michael Colford Jul 23, 2016

From the first couple of paragraphs of "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss," I knew this collection of short stories by Kij Johnson was going to be something special. Johnson's stories explore the lives of animals, and their relationship with humans, but also explore realms of science fiction -- alternate earths, or alien lifeforms. While every story is enjoyable, the standouts for me revolve around the inner lives of every day animals. The monkeys in the aforementioned tale are delightful and mysterious. The protagonist of "The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles" is as heroic as any literary protagonist as she makes her way from Japan's capitol city to The North. And the mysteries of the swarm in the title story includes a benevolent queen whose kindness will break your heart.

There are some dark stories as well, including the horrific "Spar", the devastating yet hopeful "The Horse Raiders," and a shockingly brutal take on the entire "My Little Pony" phenomenon as told in "Ponies." Johnson's longer tales, including the title story, the afore-mentioned "The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles," and the powerful science fiction story, "The Man Who Bridged the Mist," could easily be spun into full novels. I look forward to reading her novel, <i>The Fox Woman</i>, which surely emerged from her story included here, "Fox Magic." Kij Johnson plays with language as deftly as she plays with ideas and preconceived notions. This is a magical collection for anyone who enjoys a little imagination in their stories.

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tamhum
Dec 29, 2015

Some of the most original, nervy writing I've ever encountered. Worth checking out!

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