The Compulsive Reader: The Poison Eaters by Holly Black

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Poison Eaters by Holly Black

This collection of short stories is simple proof of Holly Black's talent and versatility. All but two have previously been published in various anthologies, but they've been brought together in one volume for the first time, the perfect selection for old fans looking to collect all of her stories and new readers looking for a taste of Black's writing. Each story is distinct and shadowy, from edgy and modern vampire worlds and fantastical realms to tropical islands and very real places in our world where local traditions, tales, and lore come unpredictably to life. My favorite ones were "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown", "Paper Cuts Scissors", and "The Night Market" for their ingenuity and unexpected outcomes. Each story is short enough to be finished in one sitting, and thankfully there are plenty of them. No two stories are similar, but all of them contain the same eerie, enchanting vibe that will make it hard for you to forget these wonderfully dark stories once you’ve read them.

Cover Comments: I have the paperback cover shown here, and I really like it. It's referring to the story "The Poison Eaters" with the three sisters, and I think it accurately captures them. I do think that the hardcover cover is a little more foreboding, but both are very good.

The paperback edition of The Poison Eaters will be out on March 22nd, 2011.

ARC provided by publisher.


Kat said...

I recently read this book-- and loved it! Holly Black is absolute awenomeness. I also liked 'Coldtown' and 'The Poison Eaters' best. Anyway, great review. :)

Anonymous said...

Paperback is nice but I love the hardcover mainly because it is so creepy. I really should read this book.