Desirina Boskovich Carita Forsgren Tuomas Kilpi Tiina Raevaara Jyrki Vainonen Sari Peltoniemi Leena Krohn Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
- Title: It Came from the North: An Anthology of Finnish Speculative Fiction
- Author: Desirina Boskovich Carita Forsgren Tuomas Kilpi Tiina Raevaara Jyrki Vainonen Sari Peltoniemi Leena Krohn Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
- ISBN: null
- Page: 342
- Format: Kindle Edition
This anthology of Finnish fantasy edited by Desirina Boskovich features fiction from Carita Forsgren, Mari Saario, Johanna Sinisalo, Hannu Rajaniemi, Anne Leinonen, Marko Hautala, Maarit Verronen, Olli Jalonen, Leena Likitalo, Tuomas Kilpi, Tiina Raevaara, Jyrki Vainonen, Sari Peltoniemi, Leena Krohn, and Pasi Ilmari J skel inen author of the critically acclaimed The RabbThis anthology of Finnish fantasy edited by Desirina Boskovich features fiction from Carita Forsgren, Mari Saario, Johanna Sinisalo, Hannu Rajaniemi, Anne Leinonen, Marko Hautala, Maarit Verronen, Olli Jalonen, Leena Likitalo, Tuomas Kilpi, Tiina Raevaara, Jyrki Vainonen, Sari Peltoniemi, Leena Krohn, and Pasi Ilmari J skel inen author of the critically acclaimed The Rabbit Back Literature Society What will you find within these pages A photographer stumbles on a wounded troll, and attempts to nurse it back to health A lonely girl discovers the flames in the family smithy are tied to an ancient portal between worlds A modern woman excavates something sickening from the shower drain and falls in love A peculiar swamp holds restorative powers, for its avian and human inhabitants alike It Came From the North offers a diverse selection of fifteen fantastical tales from some of Finland s most respected writers, alongside up and coming talents who are redefining the rules of contemporary literature Are you ready for a journey into the uncanny Then come discover the strangeness lurking in the land of a thousand lakes.
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So what exactly is 'Speculative Fiction'?A lot of readers find this term confusing, and I can see why. The word 'speculate' suggests conjecture, supposition - trying to understand something from incomplete information. It also hints at predicting the future and in terms of fiction (to me anyway) 'speculative' calls to mind straight-down-the-middle sci-fi, the Arthur C. Clarke kind built around ideas which, though invented, are realistic enough that they could easily come true. In other words, it [...]
Overall a decent collection. Some of the stories were fairly weak or long-winded but the overall quality is definitely worth a look! Rating anthologies is always difficult because there are always going to be some stories that work and some that don't, but I feel like this collection does provide a very interesting introduction to speculative Finnish literature
It's hard to give an accurate rating for this book, because it's very inconsistent. I really liked A Heart Clothed in Black (Leena Krohn) and a few of the others were pretty good, but then there were ones like Hairball (Carita Forsgren) or The Garden (Jyrki Vainonen) that I didn't care for at all. The majority of the stories were OK, nothing special, but they were at least all fairly interesting in their premises and settings. I wouldn't necessarily recommend the book on its own merits, but if y [...]
Very good. 3/4 of the stories were excellent. Not a bad one on the bunch.Really unusual concepts and conceits. The last story, "Delina" really packed an emotional punch. I shouldn't have finished it in public, because I was commenting out loud. >.< The reader doesn't have to be familiar with Finnish culture to enjoy the books, but there are a few stories where it helps to know a bit about folk culture, the Kalevala and the vagaries of the Finnish temperament.
A couple of eerie or trippy selections with lots of padding. For safe shipping, I guess.
Interesting collection of stories from Finnish sff authors. After having recently read Johanna Sinisalo's Birdbrain, I was perhaps primed to notice how strong a role that nature plays in many of these stories. Landscapes, geology, animals, organic growth, ecology - use of these elements seemed to be more prevalent than in collection that tend to be more focused on American and occasionally British writers. Very much worth reading.
While this collection maintained a good quality throughout and introduced me to several intriguing authors that I intend to explore further, I found Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen's "Those Were The Days" to be the kind of beautiful, lasting story that sticks with you for a lifetime. Incredibly well worth the read.
Collection of spec fic from Finnish authors. Most of the tales rate at least an 'interesting' or 'good', two in particular (Those Were the Days and Elegy For a Young Elk) I found to be fantastic. Definitely worth a read.
Me gustó mucho. Son cuentos originales, frescos y que sorprenden con capas de significado que surgen de un lenguaje simple y directo. Es bonito conocer a muchos autores nuevos de jalón.
A mixed bagMost of the stories In this anthology are worth reading - all of them really, but some are of the sort that don't appeal to me personally - extracts from novels, for instance. It was enjoyable getting to know something of the Finnish SF scene - plenty of variety and inventiveness! The opening and closing stories were for me the best - taking off beat ideas and developing them in unexpected directions - a hair ball that comes to life, and a flood of time respectively.
I wanted to check this anthology out as there is a lot of rich culture and mythology in the Nordic regions that doesn’t get the time in the spotlight it deserves. I have a couple other anthologies coming around and behind this so I can get a broader exposure to what is available right now. Also, since WorldCon is going to be in Helsinki in 2017, I figured now would be a good time to explore.A lot of the stories in this collection are intensely weird, and not at all what I expected. I didn’t [...]
Really not for me. Although there was a good story here and there too many of them were simply too weird, even for me. The reading experience of this anthology was a real struggle, sadly.
The splendid weirdness of the first story and the swords-and-sorcery chops of the second bode well, suggesting thatIt Came from the Northis a collection of stories with real variety and promise.Read the full ebook Sample Reader review here.
Oh gosh I loved this. I loved it so much. Not every story equally, no, but it's becoming clear to me that I have a weakness for stories that are gentle and strange and that's an apt description for my favourites. The last story in particular just broke me right down.
The first and the last stories are easily the best. As for the others, maybe something was just lost in translation since Finnish is a notoriously difficult language for native English speakers to learn.
Hairball - 3*Weird, but not like creepy, more a bit cooky.The Horseshoe Nail - 2*Predictable, and a bit dated: felt very 80s/90s standard fantasyNot Before Sundown - 1*Excerpt not inviting to read more.A mixed bag. Did not care for the excerpts.
Meh. I think I liked at least 4 stories, maybe. Most of them were boring or I couldn't care less about them. Some were really good but the book as an anthology is pretty weak and inconsistent.
This anthology is inconsistent. The stories, in quality, range from brilliant to ok. The brilliant ones I never wanted to end, and I was sad when they did.
A few unremarkable stories, but enough amazing ones that it was worth it if only to discover new authors. Now if only I could read Finnish so I could read their other works
The last story, Those Were the Days, merited four stars. The Gift Boy, three.The rest of it? That's where the two comes in.
It was AWESEOME, until the last two stories. Which were boring, not part of the theme and should have never been included. But before that, awesome.
Those were the days by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen and Hairball by Carita Nail were my favourite.
Very nice story collection. I particularly enjoyed The Horseshoe nail, Elegy for a Young Elk, Ospreys, and Those Were the Days. My favourite was White Threads by Anne Leinonen.
The stories are of different quality, so it's hard to give a single rating.But I do think it's worth reading.
A coupling of bizarre weird short foreign fiction. It's exactly as unconventional as it can be.
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