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  1. Alison Alison says:

    4.5 STARSThis quickly became one of my favorite short story collections with it s dark atmosphere and poetic nature I loved the dark and modern twists on stories we ve seen before in history and fairytales I was in awe of Kat Howard s writing style and she has quickly become one of my favorites.


  2. Ellie (faerieontheshelf) Ellie (faerieontheshelf) says:

    This collection is incredible Inspired by myth and fairytales and often focusing on women who redefine their tales, I haven t read something this beautiful since Angela Carter s collection THE BLOODY CHAMBER It reminds me why I love short stories Each one here was perfect I never skipped any of them, and they were always a length that meant I stayed engaged The very final lineThe tree is split, and she stepping out of itis very clever, I feel It summarises the whole collection The This collection is incredible Inspired by myth and fairytales and often focusing on women who redefine their tales, I haven t read something this beautiful since Angela Carter s collection THE BLOODY CHAMBER It reminds me why I love short stories Each one here was perfect I never skipped any of them, and they were always a length that meant I stayed engaged The very final lineThe tree is split, and she stepping out of itis very clever, I feel It summarises the whole collection These stories are cracked open, and all these heroines are stepping out of the old restricting confines and into a new space.Further, for these lines in the intro I would give this collection 5 stars alone It perfectly encapsulates why I love short fictionI am drawn to short fiction because it distills the beauty and the darkness that are possible in fiction, and particularly in the fantastic It allows stories to beintense,dreamlike, for me as a writer to hang a skin of myth on the skeleton of the strangeIndividual reviews of each story below A Life in Fictions5 stars A perfect start for this collection, setting the tone deftly It was exactly the right length not too short, not too long , and it reeled me in I loved the narrative voice and the concept A woman who is written into so many different stories that she starts to lose sense of what is hers and what is fictional Yes The Saint of the Sidewalks4 stars A miracle turns a girl into a saint, but it s not what she asked for I really liked how this short story grappled with pressure and how fame can be claustrophobic Maiden, Hunter, Beast4 stars This one engages with unicorn mythology, and how they can be trapped if they lay their heads in the lap of a virgin lady maiden I loved the narrative voice once again, but the ending was a little too ambiguous for me I think I understood but I m not totally sure Once, Future4 stars This is the longest story in the collection, stretching over almost 100 pages It s broken into chapters and is an Arthurian retelling on a modern day college campus It follows, to my delight, Morgan le Fay My fave Translatio Corporis4 stars A girl dreams up a city of beauty, but it slowly destroys herself in the process It was sweet and I enjoyed the feature of Lena Catherine s friendship There s nothing overly special about it, but there is a strange and quiet loveliness Dreaming Like a Ghost4 stars Beautifully written, this one intersects ghost stories with wronged women and revenge There s not much to it but evocative nevertheless Murdered Sleep4.5 stars WOW, I totally misread this title as murdered SHEEP first no wonder I was confused Regardless, a stunning story about a mystical party with influences from the wild hunt The Speaking Bone5 stars One of the shortest in the collection, this story follows an island scattered with bones, the three strange women who live there, and the pilgrims who come seeking answers Those Are Pearls4 stars Sisters and curses and the bad luck of broken mirrors I did love how it mentioned the common curse for girls was silence, and boys monstrousness there s certainly commentary in there All of Our Past Places4 stars A girl obsessed with maps disappears through one, and her best friend must create a new map in the hope of bringing her back Saints Tide5 stars The worldbuilding for this one enchanted me I would love a full novel based around the Saints of the sea and the Sisters of Glass and Tide Really beautiful Painted Birds and Shivered Bones4.5 stars An artist in New York sees a bird turn into a man and paints him into his art, pulling him and his curse into her atmosphere Strange and beautifully done, and I enjoyed the depiction of Maeve s anxiety Returned5 stars This story is very clearly about domestic abuse a woman is pulled back from the dead by the boyfriend who killed her, and everyone praises him for performing such a miracle I loved the dark ending The Calendar of Saints4.2 stars I ve come to the realisation that I am obsessed with sainthood and how people become Saints Which is great because that s what this short story is about It also has serious flavours of Julie d Aubigny Which is excellent The Green Knight s Wife4 stars I actually don t know a lot about the story of the Green Knight besides what came up in the earlier story Once Future This one is liminal, blending Arthurian tradition with modern entertainment, and an ending I didn t expect Breaking the Frame5 stars This story is an excellent end A model reinterprets fairytales by giving power to the women, similar to the way this book has done It s gorgeous


  3. Madi Madi says:

    My first book of the year a five star Love that for me.


  4. Marija (Inside My Library Mind) Marija (Inside My Library Mind) says:

    More reviews up on my blog Inside My Library MindThe story knows the way of its tellingAs a Whole All of these stories revolve around myths and legends and thus have a common theme of storytelling interwoven throughout all of them Every story is set in our world, but not quite It s our world but deconstructed and mixed with symbols and aspects of different stories.There s also a common theme of a story being retold through time always being the same, but also always changing More reviews up on my blog Inside My Library MindThe story knows the way of its tellingAs a Whole All of these stories revolve around myths and legends and thus have a common theme of storytelling interwoven throughout all of them Every story is set in our world, but not quite It s our world but deconstructed and mixed with symbols and aspects of different stories.There s also a common theme of a story being retold through time always being the same, but also always changing and evolving and I loved that All of these stories have women in the center and all of them involve women losing and reclaiming agency in some form or the other And this is sort of a linear trend the first couple of stories women lose themselves and their narrative, and as the collection progresses forward, we see them reclaiming their place It s incredibly clever and incredibly well done I was in awe with some of the stuff that Kat Howard managed to pull in these stories and I was so impressed by her craft and the way she constructs these narratives.On top of all that there s also a sense of grandeur and urgency in these stories They feel epic and otherworldly, but also really well grounded in our world and they have meaning that surpasses the stories themselves I just cannot praise the subtlety of the storytelling in A Cathedral of Myth and Bones Moreover, there isn t a single bad story in here None of them felt like fillers Sure, I did like some less and some , but there wasn t a single one I did not like, which is saying a lot Some HighlightsA Life in Fictions 5 starsA girl keeps getting written into stories by her ex boyfriend but she lives in them and starts losing herself and her real life for the stories.It s scary and also captivating at the same time Loved this one and it s a great opener for the collection because it really sets the tone and highlights the central themes of the collectionThe Saint of the Sidewalks 4.5 starsA girl, desperate for help, prays to the saint of the sidewalks, only to be made into a saint herself.A really intriguing concept that manages to explore being put to a really high standard, having power you did not want and not knowing how to really use it It s such a great and clever storyOnce, Future 5 starsA retelling of the King Arthur legend, where students take on the roles of people from the myth, only for real life to start mirroring the story and vice versa.This is my absolute favorite story in the collection and I think the main one that inspires and grounds all others It s unbelievably smart and unique, and goes above and beyond the myth itself and manages to deconstruct it in really clever ways It s a fantastic exploration of human nature, the way we experience stories and how they manage to track and follow us through time And I would easily read a whole book based on this storyThose are Pearls 4.5 starsA story which is based on the fact that everyone carries their own curse and what happens when those curses are broken.This one is gorgeously written and is so clever in dissecting what a curse can mean for someone and also tackles gender norms in a really interesting way Really enjoyed this oneReturned 4.5 starsA woman gets unwillingly brought back to life by her lover, and her memories of how she died are hazy.Again, a super smart story that puts women and violence in the center and gives said woman her agency back I really adored this one and I love that this is a running theme of the collectionThe Calendar of Saints 5 starsA story that revolves around a sword for hire that settles disputes between people with her sword in duels.I think this would make a great full length novel, and it s my second favorite story in the collection It does some really interesting things with saints and sainthood again, but also tackles subjects of science and religion and it s beyond amazing TrulyBreaking the Frame 5 starsA woman becomes a model for a photographer in his fairy tale shoots, only to start changing the stories.Again a really interesting way to handle women reclaiming agency and the way we can change the existing narratives It s a fantastic end to a fantastic collection Quotes And just because I cannot highlight how brilliant this is, here are some quotesThat was how saints were made Some piece of strangeness happened, and it hooked itself in the heart of someone who saw it and called it a miracle Sleep is dying, and has been for a long time now, through uncounted ticks of clocks and the flickers of thousands of too brief candles Sleep is dying, a slow exsanguination of dreams, a storm tossed suffocation of nightmares Sleep is dying and she is not alone in her throes We don t talk about how the curses happen We grow up knowing that certain curses run in families, that boys get cursed into monstrosity and girls into sleep, and we leave it at thatTo Sum Up I cannot recommend thisIt speaks volumes that I loved so many stories in this one and that I haven t shut up about this collection Please get it as soon as it hits shelves in January You won t regret it


  5. Alan Alan says:

    Turn the page I have miracles to offer you Introduction, p.xiI don t often say this, but you can probably skip the Introduction of A Cathedral of Myth and Bone, at least if you find that concluding sentence as pretentious as I did.However, the stories 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 college campus in the novella Once, Future or p Turn the page I have miracles to offer you Introduction, p.xiI don t often say this, but you can probably skip the Introduction of A Cathedral of Myth and Bone, at least if you find that concluding sentence as pretentious as I did.However, the stories 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 college campus in the novella Once, Future or picturing the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice from Eurydice s point of view in Returned.She said yes Of course 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 tales of women who have to contend with being some male artist s muse In A Life in Fictions, that muse finds her ex boyfriend s stories literally overwriting her life like the film Stranger than Fiction, but the intimacy and reversal of r les adds a level of vertiginous dread to the mix Breaking the Frame, that final story, uses the form of a gallery catalog to scrutinize the synergy between a photographer and his favorite model, flipping the script in a most satisfying conclusion.And, in between, unflinching beauty I found it hard to forget The Saint of the Sidewalks, for example, an urban fantasy which gets right down into the grit to pull out a wholly unexpected and unwanted benediction.Saints show up often, and powerfully, in Howard s titles there s also Saints Tide, with its admixture of Lovecraftian imagery and religious iconography, and The Calendar of Saints, from an alternative universe where the saints in question include Hildegard von Bingen, and their defenders fence with swords rather than words.Sweeney closed his eyes This is just another kind of flight Painted Birds and Shivered Bones, p.306Kat Howard writes complex and allusive tales that, without exception, hang together beautifully each one remains internally consistent, however different it is from its neighbors, however far its premises diverge from consensus reality That s no common feat.So who knows Maybe these are miracles she s offering, after all


  6. Kelly Kelly says:

    Be skeptical when a writer writers her own introduction to her short stories, especially when she uses the word hagiography in it and its last sentences are Turn the page I have miracles to offer you I was skeptical, and for good reason I was really shocked at the praises sung of this pretentious metafictive collection of short stories that explore faith and myth I was alternately bored and annoyed with all of them I ll just mention the opening story as an example In A Life in Fiction Be skeptical when a writer writers her own introduction to her short stories, especially when she uses the word hagiography in it and its last sentences are Turn the page I have miracles to offer you I was skeptical, and for good reason I was really shocked at the praises sung of this pretentious metafictive collection of short stories that explore faith and myth I was alternately bored and annoyed with all of them I ll just mention the opening story as an example In A Life in Fictions, an unnamed woman literally disappears into the fictional stories of her boyfriend She laments, theI lived in his writing, the less I lived in the real world She loses time she forgets details about herself Eventually, she is trapped inside one story for a long time while he experiences writer s block Annoyed, she breaks up with him He becomes famous She misses the attention She agrees to be written about again but gives him one condition I wanted him to leave me in the story when he was finished She never learns her name That s it That s all of it This book is full of stories like this pretending to be profound, but very obvious and heavy handed Pass on this one


  7. Kelsey Kelsey says:

    This was actually pretty close to 5 stars for me, but not quite All of my top favorites are actually available to read online, so I recommend The Saint of the Sidewalks Translatio Corporis All of Our Past Places Painted Birds and Shivered Bones This was actually pretty close to 5 stars for me, but not quite All of my top favorites are actually available to read online, so I recommend The Saint of the Sidewalks Translatio Corporis All of Our Past Places Painted Birds and Shivered Bones


  8. gio gio says:

    The tree is split, and she is stepping out of it A Cathedral of Myth and Bone is a collection of short stories that deal with faith and spirituality, myth and legend and women reclaiming agency or carving their own path Most of these are quite short besides Once, Future and Painted Birds and Shivered Stones, respectively 100 and 30 pages , but they come together coherently to highlight a strong theme, as we see women redefine the same tales they have been trapped by before In the first sto The tree is split, and she is stepping out of it A Cathedral of Myth and Bone is a collection of short stories that deal with faith and spirituality, myth and legend and women reclaiming agency or carving their own path Most of these are quite short besides Once, Future and Painted Birds and Shivered Stones, respectively 100 and 30 pages , but they come together coherently to highlight a strong theme, as we see women redefine the same tales they have been trapped by before In the first story a woman loses herself in someone s else tale In the last story a woman redefines the tales that trapped women for centuries The recurrent themes re imagined myths and legends, sainthood, faith, magic and the unique spin on some of them make for a quite interesting read Some stories stand outthan others, and some were frankly too short for my taste or just a bit too disjointed, but overall A Cathedral of Myth and Bone is a solid effort A life in fictions The Saint of the Sidewalks Maiden, Hunter, Beast Once, Future Translatio Corporis Dreaming like a Ghost Murdered sleep The Speaking Bone Those Are Pearls .75All of our past places Saints Tide .5Painted Birds and Shivered Stones Returned .5The Calendar of Saints .5The Green Knight s Wife .5Breaking the Frame Average rating 3,6 but gladly rounded up to 4


  9. Margaret Margaret says:

    I love Kat Howard s short stories, so of course I also love this collection I d read many of the stories before, but a stand out new one for me was Once, Future, and Authurian retelling set on a modern college campus It s so excellent And then a favorite of mine that I d already read is The Saint of the Sidewalks I actually enjoyed it eventhis time than the first.Kat Howard s stories are steeped in Catholicism, fairy tales, and female empowerment You can tell she treats each story wit I love Kat Howard s short stories, so of course I also love this collection I d read many of the stories before, but a stand out new one for me was Once, Future, and Authurian retelling set on a modern college campus It s so excellent And then a favorite of mine that I d already read is The Saint of the Sidewalks I actually enjoyed it eventhis time than the first.Kat Howard s stories are steeped in Catholicism, fairy tales, and female empowerment You can tell she treats each story with such care


  10. Mike Chen Mike Chen says:

    Kat Howard has constantly shown that she can ground fantastical elements in contemporary storytelling This, along with wonderful prose 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 A CATHEDRAL OF MYTH AND BONE is a collection of stories myth retellings, essentially that follow suit Most of these were previously published, but the biggest Kat Howard has constantly shown that she can ground fantastical elements in contemporary storytelling This, along with wonderful prose 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 A CATHEDRAL OF MYTH AND BONE is a collection of stories myth retellings, essentially that follow suit Most of these were previously published, but the biggest star here is Once, Future, a novella length about 115 pages story that not only brings the Arthur myth into the modern age, it also turns it on its side and weaves a jumping mythological timeline into the tale It s clever and funny and intense and meta but meta in an oh that s cool way, not a look at me way Though that only takes up about 1 3 of the entire book, the novella is worth the price of admission the fact that the rest of the stories are great is a wonderful bonus


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A Cathedral of Myth and Bone [PDF / Epub] ☁ A Cathedral of Myth and Bone Author Kat Howard – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 unexploredA woman being written into her boyfrien In these sixteen exquisite of Myth Epub Ù stories Kat Howard deftly weaves in and out of the countries of myth and hagiography to write the lives of women untold and unexploredA woman being written into her boyfriend s fiction is at first flattered to be his muse, but A Cathedral ePUB ½ 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 Cathedral of St John Cathedral of Myth PDF È 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 novella Once, Future Howard reimagines the Arthurian romance on a modern college campus as a story that is told, and told again, until the ending is right.

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  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • A Cathedral of Myth and Bone
  • Kat Howard
  • English
  • 11 June 2019
  • 1481492152

About the Author: Kat Howard

Kat Howard lives in of Myth Epub Ù New Hampshire Her short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, anthologized in year s best and best of collections, and performed on NPR Roses and Rot is her debut novel You can find her on twitter at KatWithSword A Cathedral ePUB ½ Also, Shane Leonard took her photo, and she s super grateful.