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Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaimanby Neil Gaiman
Synopses & Reviews
Unnatural Creatures is a collection of short stories about the fantastical things that exist only in our minds — collected and introduced by beloved New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.
The sixteen stories gathered by Gaiman, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, range from the whimsical to the terrifying. The magical creatures range from werewolves to sunbirds to beings never before classified. E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, Gahan Wilson, and other literary luminaries contribute to the anthology.
Sales of Unnatural Creatures benefit 826DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students in their creative and expository writing, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
"In this striking anthology of 16 stories of strange and incredible creatures (most previously published), Gaiman and Headley have included several classic tales, such as Frank R. Stockton's delightful 'The Griffin and the Minor Canon' (1885), which concerns the unlikely friendship between a monster and a minister; Saki's mordant werewolf tale 'Gabriel-Ernest' (1909); and Anthony Boucher's astonishingly silly 'The Compleat Werewolf' (1942). There are also fine stories from such major contemporary fantasy writers as Peter S. Beagle, Samuel Delany, Diana Wynne Jones, and Gaiman himself. Particularly pleasurable are the stories by newer writers, such as Nalo Hopkinson's 'The Smile on the Face,' which demonstrates the benefits of channeling one's inner hamadryad; E. Lily Yu's 'The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees,' an animal fable with a sting in its tale; and Nnedi Okorafor's original story 'Ozioma the Wicked,' which concerns 'a nasty little girl whose pure heart had turned black,' but who nonetheless saves her village from a monstrous snake. Teens with a yen for the fantastic would be hard pressed to find a better place to start. The collection benefits literacy nonprofit 826DC. Ages 13 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"In true Gaiman fashion, these stories are macabre, subversive, and just a little bit sinister. His fans will eat this up — ravenously." Booklist
"Teens with a yen for the fantastic would be hard pressed to find a better place to start." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A griffin, a werewolf, a sunbird . . .
These are just some of the fantastical creatures you'll encounter within these pages. From the cockatoucan, whose laugh rearranges an entire kingdom, to the roving shapeless Beast that lurks in a forest, herein is a collection of rare and magnificent species. Each one will thrill, delight, and quite possibly unnerve you. Selected by master storyteller Neil Gaiman, the sixteen stories in this menagerie will introduce you to a host of strange, wondrous beings that have never existed anyplace but in the richness of the imagination.
With stories from Neil Gaiman, Diana Wynne Jones, E. Nesbit, and many more, Unnatural Creatures will benefit the literacy nonprofit 826DC.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman has written award-winning books for children and adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book and Coraline, Stardust, and Odd and the Frost Giants. His picture books include Instructions and Blueberry Girl, illustrated by Charles Vess; The Wolves in the Walls, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, and Crazy Hair, illustrated by Dave McKean; and The Dangerous Alphabet, illustrated by Gris Grimly. A baby giant panda once sat on his lap and ate bamboo in Chengdu, China.
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