"A pleasantly absurd comedy of manners with an ending highly satisfactory to most of the parties concerned. Recommended." —Lois Tilton, Internet Review of Science Fiction
..".wildly inventive..." —Rich Horton, "Fantasy: The Best of the Year," 2007
"'A Sip from the Cup of Enlightenment' was one of my favourites in the book. It's a perfect example of why I found Totton's work to be so intriguing and alluring; it's fantasy that challenges the reader in unfamiliar, surprising ways. The story is gorgeously written, and its imaginary culture effortlessly evoked. It's a murder mystery, a fantasy, a horror story, and terrifically ominous. It works, despite being eminently perplexing. If anything, I was left wishing she'd written a novella set in Congaree instead of a short story.... The writing, as with all of Totton's stories, is exquisite, infusing the mundane with magic.... Even when set in what is ostensibly the 'real' world, Totton's writing is gifted with this intangible but lovely quality of transformative fantasia that reminds one of a child's imagination and perspective (both dark and light), lensed through an adult's language.... This is a collection worth owning. I look forward to Sarah Totton's future work." —"Tangent Online"
"The Man with the Seahorse Head" (included in this book) was the Regional Winner (for Canada & the Caribbean) of the Commonwealth Short Story Competition (2008).
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