By Greer Gilman
"I am wind and reminiscence who spells this . . ."
In the eighteen years considering the fact that her Crawford Award–winning debut novel Moonwise, Greer Gilman's writing has merely grown extra advanced and entrancing, extra beguiling and inventive.
Gilman's moment novel, Cloud & Ashes, is a sluggish whirlwind of language, a button field of phrases, a mythic Joycean fantasy that might invite immersion, examine, revisitation, and enjoyment. To step into her international is to witness the brilliant flashes, witty turns, and shadowy corners of the human mind's eye, limned with the entire element and humor of a grasp stylist. In Gilman's complicated prose, fable and delusion reside, breathe, and dance as they do nowhere else.
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Otherwise, once the virus reached the lungs it replicated so rapidly that within days the victim drowned as if lost at sea. With the girl in her arms, Bartta stopped and looked up at the wedge of darkening sky. It looked a long way off, farther by far than the floor of the fissure had looked before she had scrambled down here. The girl was dying, no doubt about it. Of what possible use was she then? Perhaps, if she, Bartta, was able to get her out of here and back to the village she could prolong her life a week, two at the outside.
The night, he had come to learn, is the time to give voice to one's own pain. "Oh, yes. Eleusis the Great, Eleusis the Powerful," Kurgan sneered. He was angry and frustrated. "The man whose father was anointed by the Gyrgon, held on close leash by the Gyrgon, a regent like all others, without power. " "And yet, your own father lusted after the regent's crown and moved heaven and earth to claim the Gyrgon vote," Annon countered. "My father is a fool, obsessed with his enmity against your family.
Despite her elevation, the evening sky seemed farther away than ever, a mocking shell, blackened like a burnt offering. A star emerged from the enveloping darkness, crackling blue-white fire, and just to its right one moon, then another poured their reflected light into the fissure. Bartta felt it first in the soles of her feet, and she braced herself, praying furiously for Müna to extend Her protective hand. A clap like thunder broke the low rumbling, echoed painfully in her ears. As the earth lurched, she slipped, desperately hanging on.