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Lanagan takes 'The Tinderbox' by Hans Christian Anderson and fleshes it out into a story which puts us inside the mind of a soldier so damaged by his wartime experience that he finds himself lashing out in despicable ways.

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  • Appears in:
    y The Wilful Eye Isobelle Carmody (editor), Nan McNab (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2011 Z1767561 2011 anthology novella young adult

    'Six writers - Margo Lanagan, Rosie Borella, Isobelle Carmody, Richard Harland, Margaret Mahy and Martine Murray - have taken inspiration from stories that have shaped us all, tales like Beauty and the Beast, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and The Snow Queen. This collection carries universal themes of envy and desire, deception and abandonment, courage and sacrifice.

    'Characters are enchanted, they transgress, they yearn, they hunger, they hate and, sometimes, they kill. Some of the stories inhabit a traditional fairytale world, while others are set in the distant future. Some are set in the present and some in an alternative present. The stories offer no prescription for living or moral advice and none belong in a nursery.

    'Open the covers and submit to their enchantment.' (From the publisher's website.)

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2011
    pg. 9-40
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    y The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year : Volume Six Jonathan Strahan (editor), San Francisco : Night Shade Books , 2012 6017774 2012 anthology short story fantasy science fiction

    'An ancient society of cartographer wasps create delicately inscribed maps; a bodyjacking parasite is faced with imminent extinction; an Al makes a desperate gambit to protect its child from a ravenous dragon; a professor of music struggles with the knowledge that murder is not too high a price for fame; living origami carries a mother's last words to her child; a steam girl conquers the realm of imagination; aliens attack Venus, ignoring an incredulous earth; a child is born on Mars.... The science fiction and fantasy fields continue to evolve, setting new marks with each passing year. For the sixth year in a row, master anthologist Jonathan Strahan has collected stories that captivate, entertain, and showcase the very best the genre has to offer. Critically acclaimed, and with a reputation for including award-winning speculative fiction, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year is the only major 'best of' anthology to collect both fantasy and science fiction under one cover.' (Publisher's blurb)

    San Francisco : Night Shade Books , 2012
    pg. 437-358
  • Appears in:
    y Beyond the Woods : Fairy Tales Retold Paula Guran (editor), San Francisco : Night Shade Books , 2016 9721726 2016 anthology short story San Francisco : Night Shade Books , 2016 pg. 169-192

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