. . . is clearly Patricia McKillip, right? Right!
I bring this up because of this post by Kristen over at Fantasy Book Cafe.
Can you believe that Kristen had NEVER READ ANYTHING by Patricia McKillip? Me neither! Has everybody read the Invisible World collection by this time? I have, even though, like Kristen, I am not normally interested in short stories and have trouble reading more than one at a time.
It’s very interesting to see which short stories popped out for Kristen.
Just as a reminder, here’s a list of all the short stories in the collection, many of which I hadn’t read before:
Wonders of the Invisible World
Out of the Woods
Knight of the Well
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
A Gift To Be Simple
The Old Woman and the Storm
The Doorkeeper of Khaat
Kristen picked out “The Kelpie”, “Naming Day”, and “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.”
I loved all of those, but you know which one was absolutely hands-down my favorite? “Oak Hill”. It instantly made me want to steal the protagonist and some aspects of the setting and write a novel, if McKillip isn’t going to. Which, seriously, I wish she would!
If you’ve read the collection, which is your favorite?
And whether or not you’ve read the Invisible World collection, what’s your favorite McKillip of the novels? I’ll start: Without question, the two greatest Patricia McKillip novels ever written are . . . drumroll . . .
THE BOOK OF ATRIX WOLFE
THE CHANGELING SEA
I’ll be interested in seeing which ones the rest of you pick!