Filter House

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9781933500195: Filter House

Filter House collects fourteen stories by Nisi Shawl, with an introduction by Eileen Gunn (author of Stable Strategies). The collection offers a haunting montage that works its magic subtly on the reader's subconscious. As Karen Joy Fowler, Author of The Jane Austen Book Club says, ''This lovely collection will take you, like a magic carpet, to some strange and wonderful places.''
The eminent novelist and critic Ursula K. Le Guin writes: ''From the exotic, baroque complexities of 'At the Huts of Ajala' to the stark, folktale purity of 'The Beads of Ku,' these fourteen superbly written stories will weave around you a ring of dark, dark magic.''
Matt Ruff, author of Set This House In Order and Bad Monkeys calls Filter House ''A traveling story-bazaar, offering treasures and curios from diverse lands of wonder.''
Tobias Buckell, author of Crystal Rain and Ragamuffin, says ''Nisi Shawl uses the tools of future and fable, usually used to explore the other, the future, and the mysterious, to magically reveal what and who we all are here and today.''
Karen Joy Fowler declares, ''Sometimes enigmatic, often surprising, always marvelous. This lovely collection will take you, like a magic carpet, to some strange and wonderful places.''
And Eileen Gunn, author of Stable Strategies, concurs that these are ''Remarkably involving stories that pull you along a path of wonder, word by word, in worlds where everything is a bit different.''

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About the Author:

Nisi Shawl's stories of speculative fiction, which have appeared in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant), Asimov's SF Magazine, and the Dark Matter anthologies, have been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon, Gaylactic Spectrum, and Parallax awards. Her reviews and essays have appeared regularly in the Seattle Times since the turn of the millennium. She is the co-editor of Strange Matings: Octavia Butler, Science Fiction and Feminism (forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press) and the co-author of Writing the Other, a guide to developing characters of varying racial, ethnic, and sexual backgrounds. She serves on the boards of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and the Carl Brandon Society and lives in Seattle.

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Nisi Shawl tells stories as if she has just awakened from a vivid and terrifying dream, and she's intent on relating its details.

[...] Her stories are part fairy tale and part nightmare, and they bristle with references to real-life problems, like racism and poverty.

In her recent collection of science-fiction short stories, ''Filter House,'' Shawl, who reviews science fiction for The Seattle Times, explores a world that is both sinister and whimsical. Monsters aren't always lurking in the closet, but they're there often enough that you hold your breath before opening the door each time.

Her characters are mostly women little girls, grandmothers and nannies who see the world differently than those around them. They know secrets, and they have visions. They are sexual, self-possessed and curious, and that makes them powerful.

In one story, ''The Water Museum,'' the main character is a woman who picks up a hitchhiker. She can tell immediately that he is an assassin, sent to murder her. But because she knows who he is, she toys with him, as a cat might gleefully torture its prey. ''I have a sneaky suspicion this one might turn out to be interesting,'' says the woman, after locking the hitchhiker into a room. ''When he's good and ready.''

Perhaps the scariest part of ''Filter House'' is that the stories take place in locations that could very easily be Seattle, or SeaTac, or the shores of Lake Chelan except for the sinister magic that slithers into the characters' consciousnesses, and seeps up through the cracks in the sidewalk.

[...] Shawl's stories are for the reader who relishes that bone-deep shiver of a grisly ghost story. And they're perfect for the reader who wants to be left scratching her head and peering over her shoulder at the end of each tale. But one thing's for sure: Shawl's stories are not for the reader who wants to dip into a bit of fiction just before bedtime and then fall into a deep, dreamless sleep. --Seattle Times

These fourteen stories, including three originals, share a striking freshness linked to unique points of view. Sometimes Shawl opens with a great hook, as with the opening of ''The Water Museum'': ''When I saw the hitchhiker standing by the sign for the Water Museum, I knew he had been sent to assassinate me.'' Other times, she invokes African and African-American folklore or weaves a unique riff on fairytales, as with ''The Princess Pragmatic'' or ''The Beads of Ku.'' ''Good Boy,'' meanwhile, is a crazy and unique post-cyberpunk novelette. The provenance of these stories--from the Dark Matter anthologies to Asimov's SF Magazine, Strange Horizons to Detroit Noir--also provides proof of the diversity, and talent, on display here. The common thread to all of these stories is Shawl's pragmatic, sharp yet comfortable voice. Filter House is a great treat for anyone who likes good writing and, come awards time, Filter House deserves serious consideration. --Jeff VanderMeer, Realms of Fantasy

In these stories, characters lack power in a traditional sense yet are strong and resourceful in worlds running a gamut from nearly contemporary to the strangest of futures. Beginning with ''At the Huts of Ajala,'' the story of a girl with two heads, and proceeding to ''Wallamelon,'' in which watermelon vines protect a neighborhood, magic is drawn from many sources and is disguised as science fiction, as in ''Good Boy,'' in which a colony is stricken by a mysterious disease and healed by a woman possessed by the spirit of Elegba. The collection ends with the haunting fable ''The Beads of Ku,'' about a woman who bargains in the marketplace of the city of the dead, and the foolishness of her husband. Shawl's stories afford fascinating glimpses into the magical underpinnings of worlds springing from all sorts of places within the world we all know. --Booklist, July 2008

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