Friday, May 02, 2008

 

A Buyer's Guide to Maps of Antarctica

Despite my occasional Book Report feature, I don't often mention short fiction that I've read. I'll shortly be praising the name of Howard Waldrop, as soon as I finish reading the third of three collections I've been plowing through, but in the meantime it seems only fitting to send a little praise in Catherynne M. Valente's direction, as well. I just read her story "A Buyer's Guide to Maps of Antarctica" over on Clarkesworld Magazine, intrigued enough by the title alone to spend a few minutes with it. I'm glad that I did. It's a gem of a story, in the form of buyer's notes for an auction of historical items. To say more than that would be to spoil the story, I think, so I'll just summarize by saying that it's a haunting little piece, and well recommended.

(As an infrequent visitor to the Clarkesworld site, at best, I was pleased to see that this latest offering also includes a dandy interview with my pal John Picacio, conducted by Jeff VanderMeer.)

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