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The Sound of Angels
Lisa Silverthorne
Wildside Press, 192 pages

The Sound of Angels
Lisa Silverthorne
Lisa Silverthorne has published over forty short stories. She dreams of becoming a novelist and writes to discover the magic in ordinary things. Much of Lisa's inspiration is drawn from the Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound where she journeys every year to greet the returning Orca whales.

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A review by Jonathan Fesmire

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I met Lisa Silverthorne at the 1998 World Fantasy Convention after having corresponded with her about the art of novel writing. I recall that she and her writing group came up with the same idea that NaNoWriMo came up with many years later: the challenge of writing the first draft of a novel in a month.

Silverthorne is a dedicated, and avid, writer, so I jumped at the chance to review this collection of her short stories, The Sound of Angels.

Her writing is a delight. From a haunted airplane crash site to Martian caves, her prose contains just the right description to put you into her many imaginative locations. Even better, she puts you in the mind of her characters so that you understand them, despite how alien some of their lives are.

The one story I took exception to was "Midnight Oil," which to my mind carelessly maligns witches during a time when real Witches are struggling for mainstream acceptance.

My favorite stories in The Sound of Angels are the first and last of the anthology. "When Sparrows Fall" will get you right into the book, telling the tale of a psychic called in to help find an airplane black box after a terrible crash. The protagonist isn't only psychic, she's a necromancer in the truest sense of the word, one able to see and speak with the dead. While the other investigators see a crash site, she sees the ghosts of the victims. "Circle of Life," about a human spirit creating a new world like the God of the Bible, seems to be an allegory for writing. I could easily relate to idea of the people, or characters, doing their own thing despite a creator, or writer's, best laid plans.

Over all, this is a promising anthology by one of science fiction's emerging talents. I'm looking forward to Silverthorne's novels.

Copyright © 2006 by Jonathan Fesmire

Jonathan Fesmire has travelled to France, Germany, Estonia, Finland, and Ireland. He enjoys speaking French and learning bits of other foreign languages, but most of all, he loves writing, and has sold fiction to Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, SpaceWays Weekly, Jackhammer, and others.


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