Portable Childhoods

Portable Childhoods by Ellen Klages
Published by Tachyon Publications
Published 23 March 2007
210 pages
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I was given a review copy by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it.


Portable Childhoods offers a tantalizing glimpse of what lies hidden just beyond the ordinary. Described by reviewers as timeless, delightful, chilling, and beautiful, this is short fiction at its best, emerging from a distinctive, powerful voice. The collection includes the Nebula Award–winning novelette “Basement Magic.”


From Basement Magic

MARY LOUISE WHITAKER believes in magic. She knows that somewhere else, there must be dragons and princes, wands and wishes. Especially wishes. And happily ever after. Ever after is not now


I thought Portable Childhoods was a fantastic collection of stories. I enjoyed each and every one. Most collections, I find, contain at least one dud, a story that just doesn’t work. That wasn’t the story this time around. Each story is strong and earns a place in the collection. I thought they were all fantastic. I enjoyed them all so much I struggled to picks some favourites but managed in the end. The best stories are Basement Magic, Triangle, Flying over Water, A Taste of Summer and Portable Childhoods. The stand out best story was Guys Day Out which made me cry like a baby. This story about a father and his Down’s syndrome son is one of the best stories I’ve ever read. I thought this was a great collection of stories and I’d highly recommend it.




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