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Unnatural Creatures

Stories
(Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A griffin, a werewolf, a sunbird . . . These are just some of the fantastical creatures you'll encounter within these pages. From the cockatoucan, whose laugh rearranges an entire kingdom, to the roving shapeless Beast that lurks in a forest, herein is a collection of rare and magnificent species. Each one will thrill, delight, and quite possibly unnerve you. Selected by master storyteller Neil Gaiman, the sixteen stories in this menagerie will introduce you to a host of strange, wondrous beings that have never existed anyplace but in the richness of the imagination. With stories from Neil Gaiman, Diana Wynne Jones, E. Nesbit, and many more, Unnatural Creatures will benefit the literacy nonprofit 826DC.
Title: Unnatural creatures
stories
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2013
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 462 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.
Notes: The title of the first short story by Gahan Wilson is represented by an illustration of a black spot, surrounded on each side by lines vaguely resembling those seen on an EKG monitor.
"A number of stories featuring unnatural creatures along with several other creatures who are either unlikely, impossible, or do not exist at all."
At head of title: "The Museum of Unnatural History presents".
Contents: [Black spot] / Gahan Wilson
The cartographer wasps and the anarchist bees / E. Lily Yu
The griffin and the minor canon / Frank R. Stockton
Ozioma the Wicked / Nnedi Okorafor
Sunbird / Neil Gaiman
The Sage of Theare / Diana Wynne Jones
Gabriel-Ernest / Saki
The cockatoucan; or, Great-Aunt Willoughby / E. Nesbit
Moveable beast / Maria Dahvana Headley
The flight of the horse / Larry Niven
Prismatica : hommage à James Thurber / Samuel R. Delany
The manticore, the mermaid, and me / Megan Kurashige
The compleat werewolf / Anthony Boucher
The smile on the face / Nalo Hopkinson
Or all the seas with oysters / Avram Davidson
Come Lady Death / Peter S. Beagle.
Additional Contributors: Morrow-Cribbs, Briony
Headley, Maria Dahvana - 1977-
Gaiman, Neil
ISBN: 006223630X
9780062236302
0062236296
9780062236296
Statement of Responsibility: selected by Neil Gaiman with Maria Dahvana Headley ; illustrated by Briony Morrow-Cribbs
Subject Headings: Animals, Mythical Fiction. Imaginary creatures Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Animals, Mythical
Imaginary creatures
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Mar 04, 2014
  • tocch101 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great collection of short stories that are not defined by when they were written. The stories cross time and generations. A great read!

Feb 03, 2014
  • LibraryCat387 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Each story in this incredible short story collection was obviously very lovingly and painstakingly been chosen by acclaimed author Neil Gaiman with marvelous introductions to each.

There was not one story in this collection I did not enjoy, however my highest recommendations would go to: " The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees” by E. Lily Yu (also working on the video game, Destiny, by Bungie), “Moveable Beast” by Maria Dahvana Headley, and “The Griffin and the Minor Canon" by Frank R. Stockton.

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