Benjamin Chandler reviews 'Yellowcake' by Margo Lanagan and 'The Wilful Eye' edited by Isobelle Carmody and Nan McNab

Yellowcake 

by Margo Lanagan

Allen & Unwin, $19.99 pb, 235 pp, 9781742374789

The Wilful Eye: Tales from the Tower, Volume I 

edited by Isobelle Carmody and Nan McNab

Allen & Unwin, $27.99 pb, 302 pp, 9781742374406

The ten tales in Margo Lanagan’s Yellowcake offer an eclectic glimpse behind the slender veil separating the everyday from the fantastic. The collection is peopled by monstrous gods and godly monsters, by scavengers, drifters, and fascinators. Its landscape incorporates hellish war zones, apocalyptic streetscapes, and haunting carnivals. There is hope and madness, betrayal and revenge.

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Published in May 2011 no. 331
Benjamin Chandler

Benjamin Chandler

Benjamin Chandler holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Fantasy. He writes Young Adult Fiction and has published academic work on popular culture, video game narrative theory, Japanese heroism, anime and manga, and Creative Writing pedagogy. Every now and then he teaches Creative Writing, English Literature, and Media Studies topics at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University.

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