An Alphabet of Embers

An Alphabet of Embers An Alphabet Of Embers Is An Anthology Of Unclassifiables Lyrical, Surreal, Magical, Experimental Pieces That Straddle The Border Between Poetry And Prose It Lives In A Place Between Darkness And Sound, Between Roads And Breaths, Its Pages Taut With Starlight Between Its Covers, Words Talk To Each Other, And Have An Occasional Cup Of Tea

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❴BOOKS❵ ⚦ An Alphabet of Embers Author R.B. Lemberg –
  • ebook
  • 172 pages
  • An Alphabet of Embers
  • R.B. Lemberg
  • English
  • 03 October 2017
  • 9780997381405

10 thoughts on “An Alphabet of Embers

  1. says:

    Lots of gorgeous pieces in this book All tiny and compact, but often quite dense The artwork is beautiful, too.

  2. says:

    Goodreads says there is no paper edition of this the kickstarter page suggests that one is intended I hope that happens because I d really prefer paper, especially since there are illustrations.This collection sounds intriguing My brain has decided that it will combine the qualities of Alphabet of Thorn and Text Ur, but this is probably not the case I love the cover and am about to go look for art by Galen Dara The interior illustrations are, I gather, by someone else.

  3. says:

    This was absolutely beautiful It filled my heart with joy.Read my full review

  4. says:

    this is a collection of very short stories that live somewhere between poetry and prose i admit i didn t really understand a lot of them but i liked the language enough to read them regardless plus it s got a fantastic author line up, i bought it because it was a collection including zen cho, shweta narayan who i am still pining for a full book from , and amal el mohtar like obviously there was no universe in which i wouldn t buy that3.5 stars

  5. says:

    An Alphabet of Embers edited by Rose Lemberg is an anthology of flash fiction that was funded by a Kickstarter that I missed last year The stories are 500 1400 words long, which ranges up to a little longer than what I would normally call flash, and one of the aims of the anthology was to include diverse voices On that point, the editor has certainly succeeded There are also some lovely illustrations by M Sereno throughout the anthology, to enhance the reading experience.This is an anthology filled with gorgeous writing, multicultural stories, and variety While there is a certain feel to the stories in the anthology, the stories themselves covered a lot of ground in terms of setting and theme Some of the stories are multilingual, containing phrases in other languages and the modern wonders of ebooks and Google Translate meant that I could look these up as they appeared Said technology also showed me that I really didn t need to pause in my reading to check these phrases the stories were not lesser without full understanding.Having said that, there were a few stories which, for various other reasons, went over my head a little There weren t any stories that I actively disliked, but there were a few that I don t think I personally grasped That s a reflection on me than the stories themselves, however And there were several stories I liked a lot, which I will talk about in detail shortly.What I found interesting about this anthology, and didn t actually notice until I was close to the end, was the way in which the stories were grouped Similar stories were grouped together in what felt like rolling waves throughout the book When I first started reading, I thought all the stories would be somewhat surreal fantasy, but before I knew it the tone gradually shifted to realistic stories, or science fictional stories, or stories that were both beautiful and horrifying not necessarily in that order This sort of grouping could have backfired, but in this case it worked well the stories didn t echo each other, rather they built upon each other while also pushing the anthology forward Usually, for an anthology, I would write a bit about each non flash story However, since this is an entirely flash fiction anthology, I won t be doing that My favourite stories, those that jumped out at me when I read them, or stuck with me after I moved on, were these list for ease of reading Mistletoe and Copper, Water and Herbs by Mari Ness About a woman asking a witch to help her have children, a request delivered not quite how she hoped An Awfully Big Adventure by Nisi Shawl The youngest of three sisters talking about how she is the brave one, always the one to jump in first Contains cancer Everything Under One Roof by Zen Cho A story about a magical food hall and two friends who find their way there The Swing, or How to Ricochet According to Sylvia Plath by Nolan Liebert Detailing the key days of a life I found it very emotional Dreaming Keys by Mina Li A woman who discovers that keys can unlock dream worlds A story I enjoyed because it was fun Telomerase by Ian Muneshwar As cancer takes the narrator, their partner loses words Sad but powerful The Binding of Ming tian by Emily Jiang A lovely, horrible story The description of foot binding made me cringe Rhizomatic Diplomacy by Vajra Chandrasekera A story of war, aliens and featuring a clone in alien body narrator One of the most science fictional stories Wing by Amal El Mohtar A story about a girl with a book around her neck.An Alphabet of Embers was a gorgeous read that I highly recommend to people who enjoy lyricism in their stories, or surrealism, or just plain like flash fiction and or very short stories The shortness of the stories made it easy to pick up and read a bit of this anthology in between other things It also lead me to finish the anthology quickly than I expected, when I wanted a break from other things It also features a very diverse lineup of authors and hence is ideal for sampling new authors and hopefully enjoying them enough to seek out of their work I know there were some authors in here that I have been meaning to get around to reading for some time and now I have even motivation to do so.4 5 stars You can read of my reviews on my blog.

  6. says:

    An Alphabet of Embers declares itself to be a collection of unclassifiables, which is its greatest strength and biggest weakness, as it will appeal hugely to some readers and not reach other readers Like me I wasn t expecting to love the anthology, knowing my own tastes, but I was still curious to see what Rose Lemberg had put together.Because all the stories in the book are between 500 and 1400 words, it s fine if a particular story isn t your bag there s another one right around the corner And whether or not you like the story, M Sereno s art is always a winner I usually look for narrative, but in a collection that blurs the line between fiction and prose poems, I did not often find it Sometimes, as in Emily Stoddard s Outfitting the Restless Heart, or How the Sky Was Made, I was swept up enough in the language and images that I didn t mind But most of the time, I found the stories frankly impenetrable, either because I couldn t follow the story itself or because it was so cerebral philosophical This collection is full of quite challenging pieces, and I was not up to the challenge.But I did find some gems JY Yang s Transfers to Connecting Flights is probably my favorite in the collection, the story of a person who transfers people into other objects The premise is awesome, and the final payoff is satisfying Mari Ness s Mistletoe and Copper, Water and Herbs is an absolutely lovely fairy tale, and Zen Cho is reliably delightful with Everything Under One Roof, though I didn t totally get everything that happened Mina Li s Dreaming Keys, about keys that transport a girl into dream worlds, is very sweet Shweta Narayana s The River s Children takes genderfluidity to a literal level I really liked most of Ian Muneshwar s Telomerase because of the unusual idea of losing words, but I wasn t quite satisfied by the end I didn t totally get everything in Emily Jiang s The Binding of Ming Tian, but I found it a harrowing tale of foot binding and er hu playing And Amal El Mohtar s Wing is quite nice and pleasantly mysterious.Even though An Alphabet of Embers wasn t my thing personally, I am glad to see such a diverse collection of voices speaking in non traditional ways The majority of stories feel like they belong here, and only here, and I commend Rose Lemberg for giving them a home.

  7. says:

    Expertly curated by editor Rose Lemberg, the unclassifiables in this anthology are ardent gems that may spark cathartic wildfires in the reader, or gently stoke lonesome hearths.

  8. says:

    An Alphabet of Embers instantly became my favorite SFF anthology I loved its richness, its weirdness, the way it encouraged pushing at boundaries of what speculative fiction can be.

  9. says:

    this is a truly wonderful anthology full of stories that push the very limits of our expectations of fantasy it should be on your list of you love short fiction, fantasy, and evocative language disclaimer I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review.

  10. says:

    This is a wonderful, magical short story collection that combines poetry and prose in sci fi and fantasy stories The imagery sensory detail enhance the stories by making them vivid in the mind s eye As with any short fiction collection, you re bound to like some stories than others, but this book is great for those who love poetry short stories equally.

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