Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Reads: The Story Collector



Genre: Short story...ish.

By: Susan Price

What's it about?  An eccentric, wealthy, aging man decides to collect stories from his servants and their network of lower-class friends.
 
Why did I pick it? There are certain books from my childhood I remember, vividly, adoring.  Susan Price's Ghost Drum is one of those books, so, in this magical world of e-readers, I decided to see what she's been up to in recent years.

Who will like it?  If you enjoy swapping tales with friends, or listening to storytellers, or telling ghost stories around a campfire, the style and delivery of The Story Collecter may interest you.  There are also elements of various folk and fairy tales woven into the stories, so folk tale enthusiasts will enjoy chasing the trails of stories they recognize.

Judging a book by its cover: Can you for this book?  The silhouette art motif draws together the many storytellers "collected" in the book, and pays homage to the silhouette portrait art popular at the historically imagined time the "collection" takes place.

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