Phil Parker (tigertoy) wrote,
Phil Parker

Book review: Maiden, Matron, Crone

Today's book review is Maiden, Matron, Crone edited by Kerrie Hughes and Martin H. Greenberg.

This is a theme anthology from DAW.  The front cover advertises "Thirteen original tales that deal with the many manifestations of the Triple Goddess."  It seemed like an interesting topic, and some of the stories are written by authors whose work I know and love, so it seemed worth a shot, despite the fact that in my limited exposure to the lore (it's not my religion), the three phases are Maiden, Mother, and Crone, and the word Matron sounds gratingly, fingernails-on-chalkbooardly wrong.  (I found that a couple of the stories themselves actually referred to the Matron, while several referred to the Mother.)

It is little surprise that the quality of the stories is rather varied.  Several of them are quite good; a couple are pretty weak.  They were all new to me except for Tanya Huff's "Choice of Ending", which I knew I'd encountered before, but I figured out that I hadn't actually seen it in print -- it was the story she read at one of the cons I heard her do a reading at (maybe FKO last year?).

I don't feel ambitious enough to do mini-reviews of all 13 stories, so I'll just say that as a whole, the book gave me some interesting new views of the Triple Goddess and was overall a good book.  8 out of 10.
Tags: anthology, book review, fantasy, kerrie hughes, martin h greenberg
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