Ahh, to fall in love with the short story again. It’s a wonderful feeling. I got Sparks’ more recent The Unfinished World because her earlier work was briefly unavailable online and I was impatient after reading an excerpt. This was serendipitous, because her stories here are some weird and wonderful treasures.
Cinematic, magical, anachronistic, and a little bit gothic, Sparks doesn’t hesitate to reach out to fantasy, science fiction and history for inspiration. Because of this, daydreamers and nerdy birds can all feel welcomed in by her deep wells of reference. Here they can feel let in to a secret club for those who possess niche knowledge or take pleasure in the arcane. It’s for these reasons, that the dreamlike quality of her work made me feel at home.
Some highlights: – The Logic of the Loaded Heart A story told through mathematical word problems. – Birds With Teeth A fictionalized true story of archaeology. – The Unfinished World A family chronicled through curiosities.
223 pages. 19 stories.