Adrienne Day
October 19, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

In the Cities of Coin and Spice

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Catherynne M. Valente
publisher
Spectra
genre
Fiction, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B+

In the Cities of Coin and Spice is a complex, engaging collection of fantastical ”Orphan’s Tales”— featuring manticores, djinn, and girls made of tea leaves and twigs — that stack up like Russian nesting dolls.

For Fans of…
Smart, surrealistic fairy tales steeped in Arabian Nights lore and the gnarled fables of Hans Christian Andersen.

Lowdown
Catherynne M. Valente’s dense imagery and heavy use of metaphor can overwhelm, but the overall effect is intoxicating. B+

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