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The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales Twenty Tales Of Lust And Loss These Stories Feature Clockwork Hearts, Lascivious Queens, Paper Men, Island Circuses, And A Flooded World On The Island Of Skye, An Antlered Girl And A Tiger Tailed Boy Resolve Never To Be Friends But Can They Resist Their Unique Connection In An Alternative 19th Century Paris, A Love Triangle Emerges Between A Man, A Woman, And A Coin Operated Boy A Teenager Deals With His Sister S Death By Escaping From Their Tiny Scottish Island But Will She Let Him Leave In 1920s New Orleans, A Young Girl Comes Of Age In Her Mother S Brothel.Some Of These Stories Are Radical Retellings Of Classic Tales, Some Are Modern Day Fables, But All Explore Substitutions For Love.

Best The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales  by Kirsty Logan  – best–books.run
  • Paperback
  • 143 pages
  • The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales
  • Kirsty Logan
  • English
  • 06 November 2017
  • 9781907773754

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About the Author: Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan is a professional daydreamer She is the author of two novels, The Gloaming and The Gracekeepers, and two story collections, A Portable Shelter and The Rental Heart Other Fairytales Her fifth book, Things We Say in the Dark, will be published on Halloween 2019 Kirsty lives in Glasgow with her wife and their rescue dog She has tattooed toes.

10 thoughts on “The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales

  1. says:

    This is my first book by Kirsty Logan, and I m glad I decided to pick up this collection first If I m new to an author, I attempt to read their work chronologically, and this was a wonderful debut collection of short stories.I don t normally read much in the way of fairytales or magical realism, so this collection was a breath of fresh air I thought it was very well written, with some really beautiful turns of phrase, and I tried to savour it because really I could have read through it in one sitting Although I didn t love all of the stories, there were many that I thought were really excellent my favourites being The Rental Heart, Underskirts which reminded me a bit of Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters , The Last 3,600 Seconds, Witch, and Matryoshka among others.I also really loved the lgbt elements all relationships, whether between man ...

  2. says:

    4.25 5 Kirsty Logan can do no wrong I absolutely loved her other two books, The Gracekeepers and A Portable Shelter, and after now having read this one, her first short story collection, I can safely say that she s one of my absolute favourite authors.All of her stories incorporate some sort of fairytale element, a few read like rewrites from well known fairytales, but most stem entirely from her own imagination, a few could be considered lesbian erotica which isn t what I usually read, but she made it work , all are incredibly well written and leave a lot of food for thought Speaking of food My absolute favourite story in this collection was Feeding heartbreaking and deeply haunting , but I also loved the title story, A Rental Heart ...

  3. says:

    Kirsty Logan s debut collection of short stories combines magic, fantasy and sexuality, all related in lush, descriptive prose Across twenty stories, the author uses a wide range of narrative techniques, settings and time periods some of the tales are a few paragraphs long, others far meatier There is always an element of the fantastic, but Logan always links this to recognisable depictions of love and lust The collection reminded me of Lucy Wood s Diving Belles, which also splices modern everyday life with folklore, and Angela Carter s work My favourite story from the book, Coin Operated Boys , also made me think of Daphne du Maurier s early stories, specifically The Doll Some of the stories are too short to be wholly effective, but at their b...

  4. says:

    Some exquisitely lovely little tales in this collection I would especially love to see the Disney film of Tiger Palace, where no one is rescued and the two women live happily ever after The unrequited love retelling of Cinderella is also a hidden gem a fresh retelling of Cinderella Really Could it be yes though to be honest there is not a sour note to be found in the whole collection Bittersweet, yes, and heartbreaking, bu...

  5. says:

    This was just so lovely I liked all the stories coin operated boy and tiger palace were my favourites

  6. says:

    Disconcerting, imaginative, diverse and unforgettable I am not usually a fan of short stories, but Kirsty Logan s writing is irresistably readable.

  7. says:

    3.5 I thought this was beautifully written and some of the stories were gorgeous, but in general the collection didn t move me This might be another case of hype raising my expectations too much Sleeping Beauty, Coin Operated Boys, and Matryoshka were probably my favorites.

  8. says:

    3.5 stars I borrowed this from the Mitchell Library which is, frankly, the most incredible bookish place I ve ever visited Having read both The Gracekeepers and A Portable Shelter, I already knew that I really enjoy Logan s writing she is creative and inventive, qualities which are often difficult to achieve, particularly in the field of contemporary fiction.As with a lot of the strong short story collections which I have come across, I did not adore every tale here, but I did admire them all, both in the strength of their writing, and the use of literary techniques Sadly, some of the stories felt a little rushed or unfinished, and several ended a little too abruptly for my liking A couple of the tales had so much scope, but I do not feel as though their potential was fully realised.As far as ideas go, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales is fresh, but it is not quite what I was expecting, I must ...

  9. says:

    4.5 stars Delightful, sensual and mysterious A fantastic collection.

  10. says:

    In her debut collection, The Rental Heart, Kirsty Logan mixes a steampunk aesthetic with magical realism and a raw sexual energy The stories move backwards and forwards through time, taking in modern Scottish estates, fin de siecle Paris and medieval castles, offering multiple viewpoints and narrative styles Above all, The Rental Heart is characterised by an audacious imagination.Logan s prose is filled with vivid descriptions One character is introduced as dreadlocked, greeneyed, full of verbs She smelled of rain and revolution Lovers have mouths red and round like quims There is life in everything A radio coughs and shouts music A syca tree gently vomits leaves The Rental Heart is obsessed with the tools of writing a husband, feeling hemmed in by family life, secretly binges on words, while a lonely wife, her husband working away on an oil rig, constructs a lover from paper Like Angela Carter, Logan borrows from mythology and folklore, using traditional storytelling techniques to explore present day dile...

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