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    In the Night Garden
    The Orphan's Tales Book 01 (2006)

    A Book of Wonders for Grown-Up Readers

    Every once in a great while a book comes along that reminds us of the magic spell that stories can cast over us - to dazzle, entertain, and enlighten. Welcome to the Arabian Nights for our time - a lush and fantastical epic guaranteed to spirit you away from the very first page….

    Secreted away in a garden, a lonely girl spins stories to warm a curious prince: peculiar feats and unspeakable fates that loop through each other and back again to meet in the tapestry of her voice. Inked on her eyelids, each twisting, tattooed tale is a piece in the puzzle of the girl's own hidden history. And what tales she tells! Tales of shape-shifting witches and wild horsewomen, heron kings and beast princesses, snake gods, dog monks, and living stars - each story more strange and fantastic than the one that came before. From ill-tempered “mermaid” to fastidious Beast, nothing is ever quite what it seems in these ever-shifting tales - even, and especially, their teller.

    Adorned with illustrations by the legendary Michael Kaluta, Valente's enchanting lyrical fantasy offers a breathtaking reinvention of the untold myths and dark fairy tales that shape our dreams. And just when you think you've come to the end, you realize the adventure has only begun….

    In the Cities of Coin and Spice
    The Orphan's Tales Book 02 (2007)

    A Book of Wonders for Grown-Up Readers
        The second and concluding volume of Tiptree Award-winner Valente's Orphan's Tales (after 2006's In the Night Garden), structured as a series of nested stories, is a fairy tale lover's wildest dream come true.
        A mysterious orphan girl, whose eyelids are darkly tattooed with the closely packed words from a seemingly endless number of fantastical tales, lives secretly in a palace garden. The girl shares her stories with the enthralled young heir to the Sultanate, who returns again and again to hear incredible yarns about one-armed heroes, hunchbacked ferrymen, giants, voracious gem eaters, conniving hedgehogs, harpies, djinns and singing Manticores. But with the wedding of the prince's sister Dinarzad (a not-so-subtle homage to The Arabian Nights) quickly approaching and harsh reality encroaching on the surreal garden, the orphan girl's stories finally run out. Cleverly examining and reconstructing the conventions of the fairy tale, especially the traditional roles of men and women, Valente has created a thought-provoking storytelling tour de force.

    Catherynne Valente - [The Orphan's Tales 01] - In the Night Garden (v5.0) (html)
    Catherynne Valente - [The Orphan's Tales 02] - In the Cities of Coin and Spice (v5.0) (html)

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