Starlings by Jo Walton

I started this year not reading a lot of short stories. Here I am at the beginning of the second month of the year and I have just finished the third short story novel. There are some poems and even a play between the covers of this delightful novel. I knew I was going to like Starlings after I finished the first couple of pages.

What I liked: The mix of genres and formats made for different reading experience that I really enjoyed. There was a story that really tugged at my heart as a parent and daughter. I can’t go into detail but if you are a parent it will get you too.  The poems where a pleasure to read; Godzilla poems how can you not love that. It was an intelligent and fun read. Walton’s writing style was a delight to read.

What I didn’t like: There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about the book. It ticked all boxes for me.

Star Rating: 5

My thoughts: I have lots of thoughts about Starlings the genre mix between sci-if and fantasy was brilliant and well executed. The play didn’t really work for me written out as a play per see but the story behind the play was really good so I can’t fault Walton on that. I’ve only see that done in one other book that I have read lately. The cover art is beautiful and I enjoyed the prologue by Walton. Just an aside the picture does not do this gorgeous cover justice.

Release Date: February 23, 2018.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Tachyon Publications for sending me a review copy for my honest opinion.

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