Leigh Fenly reported on the “Cuffies” for the San Diego Union Tribune yesterday (Coraline won for “Best Audio Book
Eighteen authors are here, ranging from (John) Crowley’s “The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines” illustrating (Gene) Wolfe’s point about how a story on the surface doesn’t read like horror but actually is, to Nalo Hopkinson’s “Shift” that tells of an identity crises among mythological creatures. Kelly Link’s “Lull” is, as defined by (John) Clute, a “club story,” one told by a narrator, but here more narrators tell more stories until it all comes around and we find the original characters are in hell. In “The Wisdom of Skin”, James Morrow explores cloning artists famous for their lovemaking. In “Guardian”
by Joe Haldeman, an Indian American archetype shows a woman the meaning of lives; Andy Duncan describes a world in which the one we occupy, where everything has to be earned, is a mythological place in “The Big Rock Candy Mountain”; Neil Gaiman lets us in on an autumnal story in “October in the Chair”; and Karen Joy Fowler describes the life of a quiet boy in “The Further Adventures of the Invisible Man”.