Dreams of Distant Shores ★★★★☆


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Title:         Dreams of Distant Shores
Series:      ———-
Author:    Patricia McKillip
Rating:     4 of 5 Stars
Genre:      Fantasy
Pages:      290
Format:   Digital Edition




A collection of short stories and a novella showcasing McKillip’s writing style and preferred story content.


My Thoughts:

The majority of this book is taken up with the novella, Something Rich and Strange. I read that back in ’05 and wasn’t very impressed then and this time around nothing improved. That is the reason for the 1 Star deduction.

Now, the rest of the stories, they were excellent. They were what I EXPECT from McKillip. My favorite was about an artist who draws the Gorgon’s mouth and it becomes his muse, until it convinces him to fall in love with a real life girl who then becomes his true muse. Not being an artsy guy myself, most of the time I poo-poo stories dealing with art. However, this story, appropriately entitled The Gorgon in the Cupboard, drew me in and made the artist character sympathetic enough that even I was able to like him. The counter-story about the woman who becomes his muse, is poignantly sad and heartwrenching and provides a sad canvas upon which a happy story is drawn.

The Forward by Peter Beagle I could have done without. I am not a fan of Beagle, so his musings on meeting McKillip at various times came across as self-serving and very faux-humble.

If I ever read this again, I’ll just skip the novella and concentrate on the short stories.




  1. 2005 Review of Something Rich and Strange

21 thoughts on “Dreams of Distant Shores ★★★★☆

  1. Nice, another worthy McKillip. Good to know she writes shorts as well as novels. Writers that so versatile are usually well worth reading. I still haven’t picked up Ombria in Shadow, but if you keep reviewing her stuff I might have to Lol. Thanks for the review!

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    1. I’ll probably get to another McKillip in 6-8 weeks. Would you prefer I read Ombria, to give you a kick in the pants, or to stay away from it [I have 15 McKillip books to read overall] until you’ve gotten motivated enough to read it?

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      1. Hah! Well it’s awfully nice of you to ask. I’ll never say “no” to incentive towards a great book! I’d be happy to hear your thoughts on it.

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    1. I have to admit, I find myself surprised at that. Considering how poetical her writing is, I’d have thought she’d be right up your alley.
      And that is why I appreciate when you tell me straight out, “Author/Series X” doesn’t do it for me. It helps shape my, previously misconceived, perception of you 🙂


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