Somewhere Beneath Those Waves by Sarah Monette (E-book)

Somewhere Beneath Those Waves by Sarah Monette (E-book)

Type: E-book
ISBN: 9781607013327
Publication Date: November 13, 2011
Price: $6.99

The first non-themed collection of the critically acclaimed author’s best short fiction. To paraphrase Hugo-award winner Elizabeth Bear’s introduction: Monette’s prose is lapidary, her ideas are fantastical and chilling. She has studied the craft of fantastic fiction from the pens of masters and mistresses of the genre. She is a poet of the awkward and the uncertain, exalter of the outcast, the outré, and the downright weird. There is nothing else quite like Sarah Monette’s fiction.

"Sarah Monette can write like a dream." —Charlaine Harris

"Monette is a highly original writer with her own unique voice." —Publishers Weekly

"Monette's authorial voice is abundantly blessed with originality, sophistication, and artistry."—Booklist


In a world where vampires rule the night, a human insomniac makes a startling discovery in “The World Without Sleep.” A young woman visiting the maritime museum in a seaside town aids a local selkie and uncovers the secret behind a strange collection of ship figureheads in “Somewhere Beneath Those Waves Was Her Home.” These and 25 other tales and one poem make up this standout collection by one of fantasy’s most elegant and dazzling writers (Melusine), who pushes the boundaries of emotional content and modern storytelling. VERDICT: Monette invites comparison with Tanith Lee, Storm Constantine, and Jacqueline Carey for her sensuously evocative prose and strong yet delicate storytelling.”—Library Journal, starred review

Monette’s lyrical tales vacillate between despair and hope in this powerful collection. The 25 short stories touch on such weighty topics as the substantial consequences of saving the world, or how ghosts eventually out their killers with frightening results for those who hear and see the revelations. While the tales may be carried by their unusual environments and dilemmas, Monette displays an equally strong gift for characterization. The pair of paranormal investigators in “A Night in Electric Squidland” and “Impostors” are such strong characters that they merit their own, larger work; the gender-bending spy of “Amante Dorée” is a heartbreakingly compelling protagonist. Though the tales vary in theme and tone, there is not a weak note in the collection, and both fans and new readers will be drawn into Monette’s strange and imaginative worlds.—Publishers Weekly, starred review


  • Draco campestris
  • Queen of Swords
  • Letter from a Teddy Bear on Veterans' Day
  • Under the Beansidhe's Pillow (click to read)
  • The Watcher in the Corners
  • The Half-Sister
  • Ashes, Ashes
  • Sidhe Tigers
  • A Light in Troy (selected for Best New Romantic Fantasy 2006)
  • Amante Dorée
  • Somewhere Beneath Those Waves Was Her Home
  • Darkness, as a Bride
  • Katabasis: Seraphic Trains
  • Fiddleback Ferns
  • Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland (Spectrum Award Winner)
  • Night Train: Heading West. (selected for The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror XIX)
  • The Séance at Chisholm End
  • No Man's Land
  • National Geographic On Assignment: Mermaids of the Old West
  • A Night in Electric Squidland.
  • Impostors
  • Straw
  • Absent from Felicity
  • The World Without Sleep
  • After the Dragon

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isbn: 9781607013327
booktype: E-book
pubdate: 2011-11-13