Stone mattress

nine tales

336 pages

English language

Published Aug. 26, 2015

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3 stars (2 reviews)

A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet's syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly-formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. A woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. And a crime committed long-ago is revenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion year old stromatalite. In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood ventures into the shadowland earlier explored by fabulists and concoctors of dark yarns such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Daphne du Maurier and Arthur Conan Doyle.

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4 stars

This book was won on a good reads giveaway, my first ever win on here.

I have always wanted to read a book by Margaret Atwood but have never got round to getting a copy of one of her books, so winning this book worked out quite well in the end.

This is a collection of nine short stories and I feel it gives you a good introduction to what Atwood is like.

Stories 1 - 3 (Alphinland, Revenant and Dark Lady) are all linked, three people who knew each other in the past are now nearing the end of their lives. I enjoyed Alphinland but was left wanting more so when I reached the second story and realised it was connected I was very happy. The three main characters all seem to have regrets about what has happened in the past, and the ending is really well done and …

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