Hidden Turnings: A Collection of Stories Through Time and Space

Hidden Turnings A Collection of Stories Through Time and Space A collection of twelve fantasy stories on the theme of the supernatural touching and changing everyday life

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  • Title: Hidden Turnings: A Collection of Stories Through Time and Space
  • Author: Diana Wynne Jones Douglas Arthur Hill Tanith Lee Robert Westall Garry Douglas Kilworth Lisa Tuttle Mary Rayner Geraldine Harris
  • ISBN: 9780688091637
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A collection of twelve fantasy stories on the theme of the supernatural touching and changing everyday life.

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    1. When, in the late eighties, Diana Wynne Jones was asked to choose authors for a short story collection the only stipulation was for twelve tales “to do with the imagination”. When the submissions came in the main theme they all shared was “hidden turnings of the mind” where the reader is led into “remarkable new places”, an aspect which easily suggested a title for the collection. The sad fact is that, of the twelve authors, half have since gone round their own hidden turnings: Rober [...]

    2. This collection is aimed at teen/young adult readers and some of the writers featured are best known for books for that age group or younger (Helen Cresswell, for example). I liked some of the stories, such as The Sky Sea (Cresswell), Ceres Passing, by Tanith Lee, Urgeya's Choice, by Geraldine Harris, but others I found a bit 'obvious' (as in guessed almost immediately the denoument of The Vision, by Mary Rayner, or found just a bit of a non starter such as Roger Zelazny's and Terry Pratchett's [...]

    3. Diana Wynne Jones is my hero. And, as such, anything pertaining to her is avidly grabbed and devoured.Sadly, there a few contributions that didn't quite gel - but isn't that the nature of a short story collection? Robert Westall. Man. There's a writer. 'Fifty-Fafty': an odd little gem that has to be the story that sticks the most to me. Not for plot content as such, but a beautifully written piece placed perfectly in space and time. With a sadly touching ending.I had already come across the Wynn [...]

    4. Another interesting collection of authors.Some of the stories were amazing for me, some of the authors tales didn't appeal to my tastes. Unfortunately Pratchett's story wasn't the best, but it did feature Death in rhinestones and bell bottoms, so that was a bit of a chuckle.A few more authors have been added to the to-read list. :)

    5. This was a collection of short stories with twists (or "turnings"). I really enjoyed some of them, as the authors held you by the emotions and then left you hanging. Some were really clever rebuttals of fantasy tropes, and others felt like the reader was a part of the story. It was a really lovely collection over all.

    6. This was a mixed anthology. There are some very good stories in here. Emma Bull's "A Bird That Whistles" is the exact sort of mix of music and faerie that I'm very into at the moment, and thus it's probably my favorite. Robert Zelazny's story was also an excellent multidimensional adventure that felt like a science fantasy sword and sorcery tale. Terry Pratchett's story was amusing and I really liked how the narrator's voice. The Sky Sea was short but fun. The Walled Garden and True Believer wer [...]

    7. “True Believer” by Douglas Hill ★★★☆☆“Ceres Passing” by Tanith Lee ★★★★☆“Fifty-Fafty” by Robert Westall ★★★☆☆“Dogfaerie” by Garry Killworth ★★☆☆☆“The Walled Garden” by Lisa Tuttle ★★★☆☆“The Master” by Diana Wynne Jones ★★★★☆“The Vision” by Mary Rayner ★★☆☆☆“Urgeya’s Choice” by Geraldine Harris ★★☆☆☆“The Sea Sky” by Helen Cresswell ★★★☆☆“A Bird That Whistles” by Emma [...]

    8. This collection made a big impact on me when I read it when I was around 12 or 13.Douglas Hill's True Believer freaked me out because I did have a strong imagination and Lisa Tuttle's The Walled Garden blew my mind and Geraldine Harris's Urgeya's Choice really made me think and stayed in my memory a long time.

    9. Stories I liked:"True Believer""Ceres Passing""The Walled Garden""The Master""The Sky Sea"Stories that were okay:"The Vision""Urgeya's Choice""Turntables of the Night"Stories that fit into this weird conflicting area between "liked" and "okay":"Dogfaerie""Fifty-Fafty"Stories I didn't like:"A Bird That Whistles""Kalifriki of the Thread"

    10. I don't think DWJ chose these stories - I think she just sent around to the authors she liked asking for stories (based on the foreward). Mostly, the stories didn't impress me much. I'd already read "The Master," the only DWJ one included. That one seems to me like one of her less-coherent stories, though I like it largely for its vivid-but-not-really-explained weirdness.

    11. 4.0 Tanith Lee "Ceres Passing" I started to write this one off as another riff on the teenage daughter dominated by a selfish mother theme, but then it changed into something more mythological. Quite satisfying.

    12. A surprisingly strong collection. Very varied but there's barely a dud among them. All have something to recommend them; a startling image, humour, a twist, or just a creepy and fantastical atmosphere. Robert Westall's 'Fifty-Fafty' particularly impressed me.

    13. I really don’t enjoy this collection as much as I always expect to. I think it’s because I’m not already acquainted with most of the authors who contributed.

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