L.S. Johnson
Vacui Magia: Stories
September 26, 2019 Comments.. 779
Vacui Magia Stories L S Johnson delivers a provocative and original short story collection that ingeniously blends myth and nightmare Whether it concerns the efforts of an infertile witch to construct a golem baby or a

  • Title: Vacui Magia: Stories
  • Author: L.S. Johnson
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  • Page: 250
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  • L.S Johnson delivers a provocative and original short story collection that ingeniously blends myth and nightmare Whether it concerns the efforts of an infertile witch to construct a golem baby, or a daughter s quest to understand a father s guilt and a mother s supernatural infidelities, or a woman s violent association with a group of possibly imaginary but nonethelessL.S Johnson delivers a provocative and original short story collection that ingeniously blends myth and nightmare Whether it concerns the efforts of an infertile witch to construct a golem baby, or a daughter s quest to understand a father s guilt and a mother s supernatural infidelities, or a woman s violent association with a group of possibly imaginary but nonetheless dangerous little men, each story in this remarkable collection demonstrates the limitless capacity of intelligent speculative fiction to enthrall, inspire, and amaze.

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    1. La La says:

      3.5 on my blog. Some of the stories were stellar with solid endings, some were wonderful with endings that were incomplete by a paragraph, or two (which is a lot for a short story), and one or two of the offerings were only marginally good.I read this for Halloween ambiance and it rose to the challenge successfully. Some people have it listed as Horror, but I felt that it was more Fantasy/Paranormal and not Horror at all.I was approved for an eARC, via Netgalley, in return for and honest review. [...]

    2. Annemieke / A Dance with Books says:

      Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this review copy in exchange for an honest review. Vacui Magia is a collection of short stories that all have a magical element weaved throughout them. From how to create a golem to taking revenge. Each story is dark. Some are violent. Some are sensual. And you never quite know what is real. In some cases I feel that they were beautifully executed, and did really make me think about what I had just read. But others felt rather confusing, and I had a h [...]

    3. Marie-Therese says:

      Small but impressive collection of dark fantasy stories, most featuring a mythological or folk tale basis cleverly interwoven into a realistic contemporary or historical setting. Rage, pain, and abiding grief are the drivers behind these tales (there's very little joy, although hope occasionally makes an appearance) but Johnson is rarely heavy-handed drawing these emotions: the stories are dark but they're not gory or even particularly violent, there's nothing gratuitous here. The narratives mov [...]

    4. DavidV.M. says:

      The last collection of short-fiction I read was a Best of Lovecraft anthology. And before that. The Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville. So I thought I was quite prepared to take a stab at this little collection.I wasn’t, really. This was a side of weird-fiction I hadn’t really encountered before.It was like Christmas (or shall we say, Cthulhumas) came early, honestly.There are a lot of elements of magic-realism here but it never gets too artsy for its own sake. It never pushes i [...]

    5. Bill Hsu says:

      Really enjoying this so far, with the range of voices and narrative approaches in just the first three stories."The Pursuit of the Whole is called Love" is gloriously Tiptree-like in its play with language, messy sex and general wet stickiness. Maybe a tad long for its material, but I'll remember this one for awhile.Update: most of the other stories are unfortunately more conventional (and not as well-crafted). "Clotho" has an oblique charm though.

    6. S.L. Saboviec says:

      I loved these stories. They were melancholy and weird, rich and thought-provoking. The world-building was well-constructed. I hate giving praise in the negative, but I can't think of a better way to say this: none of them were built on clichés or tired tropes.A couple stories in the the middle had endings that made me scratch my head, but I think that's on me, not the author. The rest left me breathless, and they all seemed to be saying SOMETHING (even if, like those two, I didn't know what tha [...]

    7. Mersini says:

      Absolutely fantastic. There is not a single story in this collection that is not worthy of praise. Myths and common fantasy elements are woven together to create something that is horrific and yet somehow beautiful, like a macabre painting that you cannot look away from. Even if short stories do not interest you, the ones in this book will. Huge thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book.

    8. Leticia (Shh I Am Reading Blog) says:

      I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.Vacui Magia is a novel filled with dark fantasy, science fiction and horror short stories. They’re not meant to just terrify but to shock you, make you think and intrigue you.These stories had awesome world building. The separate stories were either contemporary settings or historical settings. Each of story was entirely unique and neither one crossed over into each other. The characters were complex and interesting.While n [...]

    9. Heather says:

      Typically in an anthology like Vacui Magia: Stories, you expect to like some stories, not like others. Because of this I rarely give anthologies a particularly high score. In this case I’m going for a 4.5. With the exception of a couple places where I couldn’t quite get all of what the author was trying to communicate, I absolutely loved this anthology. It’s dark and winding, and meant for readers who don’t mind thinking a bit about what they’re reading. (That sounds obvious, but somet [...]

    10. Sandra Lopez says:

      This book sounded interesting when I first heard about it, but I wondered what vacui magia meant. It sounded Italian or Greek.A collection of short stories, Vacui Magia, explores myth and nightmare in a fantasy sense. In “Little Men with Knives,” a bored cafeteria lady that is “too old to work and too poor to quit” finds solace and envy in little dwarves that appear at night. “Like stray cats. Stray cats that do housework. My craziness in a nutshell…As nasty as they are, I doubt any [...]

    11. Jantine Kampes says:

      The stories of 'Vacui Magia: Stories' are full of suspence. The reader is never sure of what is the truth, and what is madness - there is always a hint that things are completely different from that what is written.A book full of short stories is always difficult to rate. Two of the stories (the third and the fourth) were not all to my taste. I decided not to let those influence my rating, since I simply loved the rest of the stories, and the characters and writing style throughout those other s [...]

    12. Shari Sakurai says:

      *I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review *Vacui Magia: Stories is a collection of magical and supernatural themed short stories.Each tale is very different and all are extremely well-written. The atmosphere of the tales is dark, with plenty of suspense, twists and turns. The characters are written in a way that you are on occasion doubting that what they are exposed to is real and feeling their inner conflict as they experience similar uncertainties. Each story is well-pac [...]

    13. Catherine Griffin says:

      An enthralling collection of dark speculative fiction short stories.The first thing I noticed about this short story collection was that the writing was extremely good. The second was that although the material is definitely on the dark side, all the stories are engaging, satisfying, and thought-provoking. The protagonists are female, and the eight stories range through urban fantasy, historical fantasy, science fiction(?), and just weird. Chances are readers will like some more than others, but [...]

    14. Tim says:

      A collection of L.S. Johnson's work is an embarrassment of riches. She is currently my favourite writer of short fiction. She's the kind of writer whose work you just have to track down wherever it appears. Don't be put off by the fact that the author published this herself, as most of these stories have already appeared in some high profile places, such as Strange Tales, Strange Horizons, and Crossed Genres Magazine. Most of these stories are so good they left me with my mouth hanging open. How [...]

    15. Rhonda says:

      I loved this collection. L.S. Johnson uses evocative imagery to tell stories (largely about the struggles of women) that will linger on the fringes of your memory long after you've closed the book and walked away. If you aren't already familiar with L.S.'s work, this is the perfect introduction to its dark, lush, beauty. Read it. You won't regret it.Full disclosure: I published two of the stories in this collection (one as a reprint).

    16. Scott Moules says:

      L.S. Johnson's debut collection of speculative fiction stories is pure literary enjoyment. A deft hand creates worlds in which reality and its linings are cleverly inverted and reimagined. These are worlds where our heroes are burdened and looking for freedom, despite the costs, and their search are the trajectories Johnson so expertly lays out for us to devour and savor. Many of these stories will stick with you, after your done, and that lingering makes it all worth it.

    17. Osbian Night says:

      Brilliantly written stories. Not usually into speculative fiction other than magical fantasy and I normally hate short stories but these were really good. It was interesting how Johnson drew from mythology and folklore in some of the stories, even played with what was real and what wasn't.

    18. Kat says:

      Quirky, Fun, Haunting, Awesome. A well written series of stories, all unique but consistent in overall theme.

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