A Cathedral of Myth and Bone

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In these sixteen exquisite stories Kat Howard deftly weaves in and out of the countries of myth and hagiography to write the lives of women untold and unexplored.

A gir being written into her oyfriend ’ s novel is at first flattered to be his muse, but then finds her real life literally consumed and overtaken by his. A desperate young woman makes a prayer to the Saint of Sidewalks, but the miracle she receives isn ’ t what she expected. A painter spies a naked man, crouched by the Church of St. John the Divine, transform into a beautiful white bird and decides to paint him, and becomes involved in his curse. Jeanne, a duelist and a sacred blade for God and Her holy saints, finds that the price of truth is always blood. And in the ovella “ Once, Future ” Howard reimagines the Arthurian romance on a modern college campus as a retellin that is told, and told again, until the ending is right.
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Published January 8th 2019 by Saga Press
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you can probably skip the Introduction of A athedral of Myth and Bone, at least if you find that concluding sentence as pretentious as I did.However, the novel are a different matter—the 16 tales collected in Kat Howard 's A Cathedral of Myth and Bone are diverse, deliciously off-kilter and delightfully written, whether she 's reimagining Camelot on a ollege campus ( in the nove " Once, Future ") or picturing the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice from Eurydice 's point of view ( in " Returned ") .She said yes.

There are no stories when people say no.— " Breaking the Frame, " p.342A Cathedral of Myth and Bone is bookended by very different retellin of women who have to contend with being some male artist 's muse.

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Be skeptical when a writer writers her own introduction to her short tories, especially when she uses the ord " hagiography " in it and its last sentences are " Turn the page.

Eventually, she is trapped inside one story for a ong time while he experiences " writer 's block. " nnoyed, she breaks up with him.

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I love Kat Howard 's short novel, so of course I also love this collection.

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It reminds why I love short stories.

These novellas are cracked open, and all these heroines are stepping out of the old restricting confines and into a new space.Furthermore, for these lines in the intro I would give this collection 5 stars alone.

> The Saint of the Sidewalks ( 4 stars) A miracle turns a girl into a saint, but it ’ s not what she asked for.

> Once, Future ( 4 stars) This is the shortes tory in the catalogue, stretching over almost 100 pages.

> Dreaming Like a Ghost ( 4 stars) Beautifully written, this one intersects ghost stories with wronged women and revenge.

> The Speaking Bone ( 5 tars) One of the hortest in the ollection, this tal follows an island scattered with bones, the three strange women who live there, and the pilgrims who come seeking answers.

I did love how it mentioned the common curse for girls was silence, and boys monstrousness; there ’ s certainly commentary in there.

I loved the dark ending.

> Breaking the Frame ( 5 tars) This story is an excellent end.

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This, along with wonderful rose and sharp characterization, is why her novels ROSES AND ROT and AN UNKINDNESS OF MAGICIANS work so well -- they blend those elements together without ever collapsing under the weight of either side.

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