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Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by
Patricia McKillip

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This is a brief discussion of Patricia McKillip and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Patricia McKillip

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by McKillip: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn't think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what's what.)

I don't pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales McKillip tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and McKillip worthy; in sum, to help you rank McKillip (and the works by McKillip listed here) on your personal literary "to do" list.



A Few Words About Patricia McKillip

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed farther down this page.

 

Other Patricia McKillip Resources

To begin with, there is the Patricia McKillip Home Page (which is not by McKillip herself); it has no critical material, just biography and bibliography. About the only critical page devoted in a general sense to McKillip's work (as opposed to being a review of a specific work or grouping) is the curious "Vengeance as a theme in the writings of Patricia A. McKillip" (parallel to a similar dissertation from the same author about Jack Vance). There is also a Yahoo McKillip Message Board.

Of the work-specific reviews available, most are--as almost always--plot re-hashes and adulation, with little analysis or criticism. The possibly useful ones include the "Riddle Master" series reviewed by Daniel Keys Moran; "Riddle Master" again at The Spirited Review; Solstice Wood and Od Magic at Bookslut; and Something Rich and Strange at Blog Critics. If you want to look for more, Google Is Your Friend.


Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Patricia McKillip ***/**

(For more possible titles by this author, see the "Unrated Books by Rated Authors" page.)





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