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Ellen Klages's stories never fail to delight

Wicked Wonders

by Ellen Klages

Tachyon Publications

Literary Fiction, Sci Fi & Fantasy

Pub Date 23 May 2017


Wicked Wonders is filled with stories that stir the imagination. They are not stories for children, despite many featuring children. They are stories of transformation, each unique and exceptional. I loved the tale wherein mathematics ends up being used to create a paradise for two youngsters, and that of the cartographer who uses origami to create a passage for women to escape to safety. Many of the stories are moving, such as the love story between a woman who inherits the penny arcade and a stranger linked to the tree she loved as a child. The stories touch you with unexpected, sometimes making you smile, at other times making you shudder. All are excellent.

If you are looking for an anthology filled with wondrous tales that are entirely unique, Wicked Wonders is just what you are looking for.


I received a copy of Wicked Wonders from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



The award-winning author of The Green Glass Sea returns with smart and subversive new tales.

A rebellious child identifies with wicked Maleficent instead of Sleeping Beauty. Best friends Anna and Corry share one last morning on Earth. A solitary woman inherits a penny arcade haunted by a beautiful stranger. A prep-school student requires more than luck when playing dice with a faerie. Ladies who lunch—dividing one last bite of dessert—delve into new dimensions of quantum politeness.

Whether on a habitat on Mars or in a boardinghouse in London, discover Ellen Klages' wicked, wondrous adventures full of wit, empathy, and courage.


Original introduction by Karen Joy Fowler, bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

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