“The Heart of Owl Abbas” reviews

Here are two reviews I missed for my (Eugie Foster Memorial Award-shortlisted) short story “The Heart of Owl Abbas” (and an excuse to post Audrey Benjaminsen‘s beautiful illustration for it again).

art by Audrey Benjaminsen (I love it)

Charles Payseur: Quick Sips – Tor dot com April 2018

“Framed as a bit of history, part anecdote and part fairy tale or myth, the piece is quietly moving and archetypal, sweeping and sweet and dark all at once…. It’s a piece that looks very much at the almost accidental power of small good things.”

Iseult Murphy: The Heart of Owl Abbas by Kathleen Jennings

“not only does it produce a literary treasure, it’s also a story very much about music, and she somehow manages to incorporate its movement and emotional resonance into the narrative as well.”

You can read the story for free on Tor.com, or buy it as an ebook at the usual online locations.

Writing news: A review of Flyaway, and Year’s Best in the mail

GEEKLY, INC REVIEWS FLYAWAY

Flyaway comes out at the end of July (you can preorder it now, though)! And here is a beautiful review of it from Christina Ladd at Geekly, Inc:

Flyaway Review: Exquisite, Exquisite, Exquisite

YEAR’S BEST ARRIVES

I have been buying a lot of books lately (not at all curtailed by a birthday subscription to Slightly Foxed Quarterly — did you know T. H. White published his journals about taking flying lessons?). So it was a delightful surprise to get an unexpected box of books in the mail.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2019 contains many wonderful short stories — and for once, thanks to judging the World Fantasy Awards, I have already read quite a few and can confirm they are great!

It also has my Tor.com story, “The Heart of Owl Abbas“.

Here’s the table of contents, the better to convince yourself to acquire this anthology:

  • A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies — Alix E. Harrow
  • Intervention — Kelly Robson
  • The Donner Party — Dale Bailey
  • How to Identify an Alien Shark — Beth Goder
  • The Tale of the Ive-Ojan-Akhar’s Death — Alex Jeffers
  • Carouseling — Rich Larson
  • The Starship and the Temple Cat — Yoon Ha Lee
  • Grace’s Family — James Patrick Kelly
  • The Court Magician — Sarah Pinsker
  • The Persistence of Blood — Juliette Wade
  • Lime and the One Human — S Woodson
  • Bubble and Squeak — David Gerrold & Ctein
  • Sour Milk Girls — Erin Roberts
  • The Unnecessary Parts of the Story — Adam-Troy Castro
  • The Temporary Suicides of Goldfish — Octavia Cade
  • The Gift — Julia Nováková
  • The Buried Giant — Lavie Tidhar
  • Jump — Cadwell Turnbell
  • Umbernight — Carolyn Ives Gilman
  • Today is Today — Rick Wilber
  • The Heart of Owl Abbas — Kathleen Jennings
  • The Spires — Alec Nevala-Lee
  • The House by the Sea — P H Lee
  • Foxy and Tiggs — Justina Robson
  • Beautiful — Juliet Marillier
  • Dayenu — James Sallis
  • Firelight — Ursula K Le Guin

Two interviews and a review!

Rarely not talking

Nerds of a Feather interview

The lovely Andrea Johnson of Nerds of a Feather interviewed me about Flyaway, about which she also said, “There is so much art-thought behind Flyaway, that at times I have to talk about the novella as a piece of fiction, and at other times I have to talk about it as a piece of art that is separate from a plotline.” Which, as an artist, was lovely to hear. But she also said nice things about it as a book, too!

Interview: Kathleen Jennings, author of Flyaway.

Coode Street Podcast

Jonathan Strahan chatted with me for the Coode Street Podcast’s Ten Minutes With series:

Ten Minutes with Kathleen Jennings.

In it, with occasional external disruptions, we “discuss reading and working in the time of the pandemic, the comfort of regency romances, illustrating The Tallow Wife, watching Hamish Macbeth, her new short novel Flyaway, and much more.”

You can listen through that link, or on your preferred podcast app. We talked about books and projects old and new — and then kept on talking for quite a while afterwards. It’s been too long between running into each other in conventions.

There are lots (lots) of great interviews on Coode Street. I recommend checking them out.

Quick Sips Reviews

Charles Payseur of Quick Sips Reviews took a look at the latest two issues of Strange Horizons, including my story “The Present Only Toucheth Thee“.

Quick Sips – Strange Horizons 06/01/2020 & 06/08/2020

As a reader, I’ve been developing a liking, lately, for reviews that are thoughtful appreciations —they are themselves often lovely pieces of writing, they deepen my liking for stories I’ve read, and frequently drive me to read others I might not have (and give me ideas). And as a writer it is of course gratifying to read a considered response to even such a short story.

(Charles also reviewed “The Heart of Owl Abbas” after that came out: Quick Sips – Tor dot com April 2018.)

Story update: Owl Abbas in Year’s Best

2020-03-03-YearsBest

A writing update! My (Ditmar-award-winning!) Tor.com short story “The Heart of Owl Abbas” has been collected in Prime Book’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2019, edited by Rich Horton.

It is a Baroque, word-sprung story for specific and elaborate tastes, and I’m delighted so many people have enjoyed it.

Here is the full table of contents (from the ebook ToC):

  • A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies — Alix E. Harrow
  • Intervention — Kelly Robson
  • The Donner Party — Dale Bailey
  • How to Identify an Alien Shark — Beth Goder
  • The Tale of the Ive-Ojan-Akhar’s Death — Alex Jeffers
  • Carouseling — Rich Larson
  • The Starship and the Temple Cat — Yoon Ha Lee
  • Grace’s Family — James Patrick Kelly
  • The Court Magician — Sarah Pinsker
  • The Persistence of Blood — Juliette Wade
  • Lime and the One Human — S Woodson
  • Bubble and Squeak — David Gerrold & Ctein
  • Sour Milk Girls — Erin Roberts
  • The Unnecessary Parts of the Story — Adam-Troy Castro
  • The Temporary Suicides of Goldfish — Octavia Cade
  • The Gift — Julia Nováková
  • The Buried Giant — Lavie Tidhar
  • Jump — Cadwell Turnbell
  • Umbernight — Carolyn Ives Gilman
  • Today is Today — Rick Wilber
  • The Heart of Owl Abbas — Kathleen Jennings
  • The Spires — Alec Nevala-Lee
  • The House by the Sea — P H Lee
  • Foxy and Tiggs — Justina Robson
  • Beautiful — Juliet Marillier
  • Dayenu — James Sallis
  • Firelight — Ursula K Le Guin