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In the Forest of Forgetting This is the kind of mythopoeic fiction I like A collection of quite short stories, but they pack a lot in to their brief length The Rose in Twelve Petals A fractured retelling of Sleeping Beauty or, Briar Rose , in a dozen brief vignettes, set in aconcrete version of Europe than the usual fairy tale fare Professor Berkowitz Stands on the Threshold A not very successful professor and a French poet, both with hidden talents, are summoned by a mysterious figure to an interstitial pl This is the kind of mythopoeic fiction I like A collection of quite short stories, but they pack a lot in to their brief length The Rose in Twelve Petals A fractured retelling of Sleeping Beauty or, Briar Rose , in a dozen brief vignettes, set in aconcrete version of Europe than the usual fairy tale fare Professor Berkowitz Stands on the Threshold A not very successful professor and a French poet, both with hidden talents, are summoned by a mysterious figure to an interstitial place between the worlds, and offered a choice Why does the professor make the choice he does I m still not sure The Rapid Advance of Sorrow A poetic, surreal piece on the theme of trying to have a relationship with a revolutionary Lily, With Clouds Two sisters, long estranged One conventional, the other the lover of artists The latter s terminal cancer brings them back together one last time Closure or understanding may not be possible, but the meeting will leave its mark Miss Emily Gray Emily Gray features in several of Goss stories and I wantof her I LOVE this morally ambiguous Mary Poppins figure who, here, shows up as a young girl s governess and grants wishes in a quite unexpected way In the Forest of Forgetting This title story is actually probably my least favorite piece in the book A fairy tale allegory that is explicitly about a woman dying of cancer I felt it would ve beeneffective if it weresubtle Sleeping With Bears Another allegory, which compares men to bears but this one is done with a deft touch, and wry humor Letters from Budapest A spooky and lovely Hungarian vampire story about an undead artist who suck talented young men dry Reminded me a bit of Tanith Lee The Wings of Meister Wilhelm One of thepowerful pieces I ve read about the tragedy of European anti semitism, and a beautiful story of a young girl, her violin instructor, and his impossible dream Conrad Another Emily Gray story Here, as a nurse, she s a powerful if mysterious advocate for a young boy whose own family is trying to poison him A Statement in the Case The case is question is the possible arson of a pharmacy and the witness in question admits that he was drunk and that he might not have seen exactly what he believes that he saw Death Comes for Ervina An elderly former ballerina receives a visit from an old lover, and reminisces about her complicated past The Belt I will tell you that every fairy tale has a moral The moral of my story may be that love is a constraint, as strong as any belt And this is certainly true, which makes it a good moral Or it may be that we are all constrained in some way, either in our bodies, or in our hearts and minds Or perhaps my moral is that a desire for freedom is stronger than love or pity That is a wicked moral, or so the Church has taught us But I do not know which moral is the correct one And that is also the way of a fairy story And that is why I have realized that I love Theodora Goss Phalaenopsis A truly creepy and horrific story about a monastery where all the monks are blind Or maybe it is an inspiring and uplifting story of spiritual triumph I m picking the former, but others will probably think the latter Pip and the Fairies Pip s mother featured her as the title character in a series of books for children, which have made her a kind of minor celebrity, as the books have achieved a classic fame But, thinking back, she wonders if the stories that she told her mother about her adventures with the magical folk were true Lessons With Miss Gray Yay Emily Gray again Here, she offers three girls lessons in witchcraft It s their obsession, for a summer In the Forest of Forgetting showcases such stories as The Rose in Twelve Petals, The Rapid Advance of Sorrow, Lily, With Clouds, In the Forest of Forgetting, Sleeping With Bears and many , with an introduction by Terri Windling and cover by Virginia Lee In the Forest of Forgetting is an anthology of beautiful, well crafted, and dreamlike short stories They exist on the edges of dream, fable, and folklore, each one a unique take on the fantastic With a very few words Theodora Goss takes us into visionary realms.Dreams are central to these tales Some are explicitly about dreaming, like Professor Berkowitz Stands on the Threshold , while others draw heavily on dreams, dreamlike states, and visions, such as Conrad , Pip and the Fairies , Pha In the Forest of Forgetting is an anthology of beautiful, well crafted, and dreamlike short stories They exist on the edges of dream, fable, and folklore, each one a unique take on the fantastic With a very few words Theodora Goss takes us into visionary realms.Dreams are central to these tales Some are explicitly about dreaming, like Professor Berkowitz Stands on the Threshold , while others draw heavily on dreams, dreamlike states, and visions, such as Conrad , Pip and the Fairies , Phalaenopsis , and Miss Emily Gray.Others address politics and history, starting with the author s native Hungary in Letters from Budapest and A Statement in the Case Perhaps my favorite story in the collection Rose in Twelve Petals , is among other things a delicate alternate history, placing the Rumpelstilskin story in a world where Napoleon conquered Britain and the rest of Europe But folklore looms largest in Forest Many of these stories are retellings of fairy tales, or critiques of same, or feature fairy tale literacy as a major plot point Time and again one layer of civilization peels back to reveal a folkloric basis, as when a successful children s author turns out to be drawing on real fairies perhaps , or an arson and murder involves magical animals and people My story has the contours of a fairy tale begins the densely packed The Belt , which starts with a riff on fairy tales, moves to sexual fetishism of several stripes, then concludes with social revolution.Time and again I was struck by well wrought passages Goss tone veers from wry amusement see the bear wedding story to cold insight to lyrical surrealism One becomes bored, eventually, even of penance Do not blame Sophia, Mada, Boredom is a healthy impulse It is a sign of the will to live Fear the man who is not bored by suffering 195 Sorrow a feeling of grief or melancholy A mythical city generally located in northern Siberia, said to have been visited by Marco Polo From Sorry, he took back to Italy the secret of making ice 44 There is a fascinating and deep focus on gender in these stories, an attraction to, yet desire to escape from girlhood and womanhood So much of the book focuses on objects and dynamics we normally assign to women s writing and concerns mother daughter relations, ballet, fears of being overweight, flowers, marriage, proper ways of being a lady Sometimes the characters seem immersed in this world with pleasure or at least careful attention, like the heroines in the first half of Lessons with Miss Gray Yet Goss is concerned with the ways these situations sour and demand escape, as with Miss Gray s conclusion, or the aching flights of Wings of Meister Wilhelm In The Forest of Forgetting follows a woman s visionary voyage as she suffers from cancer, each stage of her flight defined by her gendered roles, and often with beauty Lily With Clouds occurs from the point of view of a wealthy society woman, trying to cope with a black sheep sister who spends her life avoiding that privilege Women take center stage in these perfectly wrought stories.Recommended for anyone interested in the contemporary short story, or fantasy, or gender, or simply fine reading Here is an interesting collection of stories from Theodora Goss I would rate some as 3 star and some as 5 star so the aggregate score is 4 stars for the book.The best and most personally meaningful was In The Forest of Forgetting In this story, the main character is in a dream like forest and can t remember who she is or why she is there She keeps meeting people that she vaguely recognizes as important people in her life but keeps moving deeper into the forest Several people try to convinc Here is an interesting collection of stories from Theodora Goss I would rate some as 3 star and some as 5 star so the aggregate score is 4 stars for the book.The best and most personally meaningful was In The Forest of Forgetting In this story, the main character is in a dream like forest and can t remember who she is or why she is there She keeps meeting people that she vaguely recognizes as important people in her life but keeps moving deeper into the forest Several people try to convince her not to go too deep into the forest but she continues anyway The author subtly lets us know that this character is dying of cancer and is temporarily stuck between living an dying She must decide to either come back from the Forest of Forgetting to live, or continue her journey deeper into the forest A beautifully crafted collection of short stories, Theodora Goss In the Forest of Forgetting draws on fairy tale and mythological motifs in creative and unexpected ways While most, if not all, of the stories were amazing, these were the highlights of the book, at least in my opinion In the Forest of ForgettingIn the Forest of Forgetting, the story from which the book takes its title, is breathtaking and haunting A soberly enchanting allegory, it chronicles a woman s journey with breast cance A beautifully crafted collection of short stories, Theodora Goss In the Forest of Forgetting draws on fairy tale and mythological motifs in creative and unexpected ways While most, if not all, of the stories were amazing, these were the highlights of the book, at least in my opinion In the Forest of ForgettingIn the Forest of Forgetting, the story from which the book takes its title, is breathtaking and haunting A soberly enchanting allegory, it chronicles a woman s journey with breast cancer with sensitivity and poetry To my delight, I found that it was available to read online at the author s website and have included the link to it here In the Forest of ForgettingThe Rose in Twelve PetalsA kaleidoscopic version of the Sleeping Beauty story Goss wove the fairy tale with bit of history and then shifted everything just slightly The story s point of view also shifted among various characters, even the roses the grew in the Queen s garden, the castle itself and a stray dog that takes up residence in the enchanted castle while it s inhabitants sleep Miss Emily GrayA story that reminded me a bit of afairy tale esque version of W W Jacobs s famous short story, the Monkey PawSleeping with BearsA charming if surreal take on the Goldilocks story which is also available to read online Sleeping With BearsLetters from BudapestA delightfully spooky tale about a young artist caught in the thrall of a sort of artistic succubus Overall, I enjoyed the way the author wove the mythic and the modern elements of her stories together and thought that her use of language was lyrical and beautiful There was a sense of Old World, Eastern European flavor to many of the stories that worked really well And the fact that certain names, places and images would appear like slightly altered echoes in multiple stories, intertwined the stories subtly together and made each story seem like a view into a kaleidoscope, something that took familiar components and then twisted them into something beautiful, unique and new At the end of the day, I simply loved this collection and can t wait to add it to my personal library I read Sleeping With Bears online on a fantasy magazine website, I think and as soon as I d finished it, I ordered this book That was how good it was I couldn t wait to read this, and although some of the stories were better than others I ll be honest, I didn t really understand the philosophy ones I ve never been so satisfied with an impulse buy.The writing is perfect exactly to my taste It s beautiful and enchanting, but not overly complex or inaccessible The ordinary sits along I read Sleeping With Bears online on a fantasy magazine website, I think and as soon as I d finished it, I ordered this book That was how good it was I couldn t wait to read this, and although some of the stories were better than others I ll be honest, I didn t really understand the philosophy ones I ve never been so satisfied with an impulse buy.The writing is perfect exactly to my taste It s beautiful and enchanting, but not overly complex or inaccessible The ordinary sits alongside the extraordinary, blurring the line between truth and fairytale And the sense of place in each tale is wonderful, whether it s Eastern Europe or the deep south In fact, there s a bit about Theodora Goss at the end of the book that sums up what I m trying to say Her stories often take place on the border between fantasy and reality, and reflect the influence of an Eastern European literary tradition that incorporates fantastic elements into otherwise realistic works That s exactly it You read this book, and you start to wonder whether it might be possible to learn witchcraft, or marry a bear It s wonderful, like falling into a dream.My favourite stories, in the order they appear in the book Sleeping With BearsThe Wings of Meister WilhelmPip and the FairiesLessons With Miss Gray I love a good book of short stories, and these are exquisite Just the right blend of magical and unnerving, without being too weird, too overwhelming, or too depressing Highly recommended if you love Karen Russell, Aimee Bender, Elizabeth Hand, or Kelly Link s short story collections. A short story about a woman reflecting back on the fantasy tales her mothers wrote and their interrelation with her life Quite magical. I liked some of the short stories There is one that is like sleeping beauty and a weird one about bears Maybe I don t really get this author. What an absolutely remarkable collection of stories Remarkable, phenomenal, fantastic I could waste a day s worth of superlative adjectives on this book and Goss These stories are fairytales in the truest sense of the genre They call to mind Tolkien s quote on the origin of fairy stories Such stories have now a mythical or total unanalyzable effect they open a door on Other Time, and if we pass through, though only for a moment, we stand outside our own time, outside Time itself, mayb What an absolutely remarkable collection of stories Remarkable, phenomenal, fantastic I could waste a day s worth of superlative adjectives on this book and Goss These stories are fairytales in the truest sense of the genre They call to mind Tolkien s quote on the origin of fairy stories Such stories have now a mythical or total unanalyzable effect they open a door on Other Time, and if we pass through, though only for a moment, we stand outside our own time, outside Time itself, maybe So much in these stories straddle liminal spaces spaces between genres, between times, between the familiar and the strange There are the bones of recognizable tales like Bluebeard s Wife, Mary Poppins, Sleeping Beauty but they re so recast and reformed they merely suggest their antecedents These stories belong wholly to Goss mercurial and transformative mind The settings range from the reconstruction south, to Hungary behind the Iron curtain, to New York City, etc The forms of telling are myriad epistolary, expository, witness statements, remembrances andIt is all so wondrously strange and yet that strangeness never runs rampant, instead it is constrained by Goss pellucid and controlled prose And in that act of constraint they become evendreamlike It is as if the straightforward nature of the prose lends the wildness of the story a framework of rationality that makes the mythic inhabitable Goss choice to reuses characters and settings across stories, yet not necessarily the events the characters experience in each store, compounds the collection s sense of otherness It both heightens the sense of familiarity given the remove from the characters history, as we know it, and the sense of strangeness I cannot recommend this collection enough Truly It is the most exciting thing I ve read in months The effect of reading these stories has slipped into my dreams the past two days I feel energized and inspired I m already budgeting to buy the rest of her books


About the Author: Theodora Goss

Theodora Goss s publications include the short story collection In the Forest of Forgetting 2006 Interfictions 2007 , a short story anthology coedited with Delia Sherman Voices from Fairyland 2008 , a poetry anthology with critical essays and a selection of her own poems and The Thorn and the Blossom 2012 , a two sided novella in an accordion format She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, Locus, and Mythopoeic Awards, and on the Tiptree Award Honor List She has won the World Fantasy and Rhysling Awards.


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