I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Bruce Coville is one of the finest writers writing sci-fi, fantasy, YA, mystery, horror, humor today!
If you think you know Coville’s work based on some of his humorous kids’ books (“My Teacher Was an Alien” and the like), then you don’t really know Coville.
This collection, the third of his “Odd” collection of short stories easily stands alongside my other favorite sci-fi authors: Harlan Ellison, John Varley, Kim Stanley Robinson, Roger Zelazny. And I rarely feel like I’m reading a ‘kids” story.
Not a single story in this collection disappointed, and each story was as different from the next as possible, displaying Coville’s versatility as a writer.
If you want to be moved, nearly to tears, read “The Boy with the Silver Eyes” (and if you’ve read his fantastic “unicorn” series, you’ll be mighty pleased with this additional story).
If you want to be a little terrified (but know that you’ll come out okay on the other end), then “The Mask of Eamonn Tiyado” will satisfy (and again…fans of a Coville ‘series’ — the Magic Shop Books — will be mighty pleased here).
I just can’t recommend Coville enough. Pick up a book, start to read, and you won’t be disappointed.
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Harcourt Children’s Books
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