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This is a brief discussion of Patricia McKillip and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by 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 Patricia McKillip (and the works by McKillip listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.
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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
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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 ***/**
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