Synopses & Reviews
Winner of the Tiptree Award and a Mythopoeic Award finalist, Cloud and Ashes
is a slow whirlwind of language, a button box of words, a mythic fable that invites revisitation.
Praise for Cloud and Ashes:
"A rich poetic prose laden with fetching archaisms that's unlike anything else being written today. Brilliant and truly innovative fiction, not to be missed."The Washington Times
Greer Gilman is the author of Moonwise. A graduate of Wellesley and the University of Cambridge, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She likes to quip that she does everything James Joyce ever did, only backward and in high heels.
A short story, a longer one, and a novel continue the exploration of the world of Faerie begun in Greer Gilmans lavishly praised 1991 first novel Moonwise. Wind and weather influence the doings of besotted humans and even stranger life forms, in domestic dramas that accelerate subtly into near-Shakespearean conflicts and quests, all expressed in a rich poetic prose laden with fetching archaisms thats unlike anything else being written today. Brilliant and truly innovative fiction, not to be missed.”
Bruce Allen, The Washington Times
A work that reads like language stripped bare, myth tracked to its origins. Seasons, weather, lust, pain, sacrifice
the stuff of old ballads becomes intensely real, with the natural contradictions of a cold wind that both chafes and dances
. And the payoff is immense. I finished Cloud and Ashes almost tempted to write a thesis that compares it favorably to what James Joyce did in Ulysses and tried in Finnegans Wake, yet feeling like Id lived through it all.”
Every so often, and its a rare event, you read a book and you know, because of its depth and excellence, that you will return to it in the years to come. For me, this is one of those books. Its a tale, or tales, not just for reading, but for pondering and rereading. Its a book to pluck off the shelf of a winters night, just for the sake of wandering again within its pages; for the sake of finding unnoticed connections, for savouring language, and for pondering the nature of stories, souls, and the stars.”
Matthew David Surridge, Black Gate
Cloud and Ashes is not a book for every reader; but it is a book for every human. (Its also a book for every library that desires to be worthy of that appellation.) There might seem to be a contradiction in those words, and there might well be, were every human to read. But to my, mind reading is an effort that exists outside its own exercise; that is when we read, it may feel like an internal, unshared, indeed unsharable experience. But that is not, I think the case. When we read, we go to the place where writing comes from, and in so doing, I think we leave something of ourselves behind as readers. Greer Gilman found whatever it is that is left behind, she has captured it in her net of words and managed to write it down and get it published. That is a herculean feat. It may only happen once in her lifetime or in ours. But its happened here and now. What you do with it is up to you. For eternity, as it happens.”
A book whose hold on your mind, on your memory, is assured. It is a story about story, and stories are what we are all made of. Abandon hope all ye who enter here.”
Paul Kincaid, SF Site
Gilmans A Crowd of Bone . . . is dense, jammed with archaic words and neologisms . . . but the storycomplex, tangled in narrative as well as syntax, and very darkrewards the most careful of readings.”
The Washington Post Book World
Green quince and bletted medlar, quiddany and musk: Greer Gilman fills your mouth with wincing tastes, your ears with crowcalls, knockings and old, old rhythms, your eyes with beautiful and battered creatures, sly-eyed, luminous or cackling as they twine and involute their stories. Gilman writes like no one else. To read her is to travel back, well back, in time; to wander in thrall through mist on moor and fell; to sink up to the nostrils in a glorious bog of legend and language, riddled with bones and iron, sodden with witches blood.”
Margo Lanagan, author of Tender Morsels
Greer Gilman is a master of myth and language with few equals in this world. Cloud and Ashes is a triumphant, heart-rending triptych, a mosaic of folklore, intellectual pyrotechnics, and marvelous, motley characters that takes the breath and makes the blood beat faster.”Catherynne M. Valente, author of In the Night Garden
No one else writes like Greer Gilman. She is one of our most innovative and important writers, in fantasy or out of it. If you want to see what language can do, the heart-stopping beauty it can achieve, read Cloud and Ashes.”
Theodora Goss, author of In the Forest of Forgetting
Inventive, playful, and erudite Greer Gilman is an archeolexicologist rewriting language itself in her long-awaited novel.
About the Author
Greer Gilman is the author of the novel Moonwise, which won the Crawford Award and was shortlisted for the Tiptree and Mythopoeic Awards, as well as the World Fantasy Award-winning "A Crowd of Bone." A sometime forensic librarian, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.