Tuesday, November 13, 2012

REVIEW: UNQUIET DREAMS by K.A. Laity


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Between waking and sleep, they wait.

Unquiet Dreams is a collection of speculative short stories by mistress storyteller, K.A. Laity.

“Kate Laity’s Unquiet Dreams is the long, deep plunge in the coldest quarry in the woods; the lingering look under the rotting wood at all the writhing life there; the stare into the abyss until one realizes something is staring back.” ~ S. R. Bissette
K.A. Laity's collection of short stories, Unquiet Dreams, runs the gamut from the fantastical with dragons, demons, and changeling to mandrake anthrax to computer murder games that are all too real.

If these stories come from K.A.'s dreams, it's no wonder that her sleep would be unquiet. The unifying theme is that every story leaves you with a feeling of "unquietude," a thankfulness to look up and see the familiar around you. She has the ability to draw you into the darkness she writes.

Not that the stories are depressing--there are some worlds I would love to revisit such as the one featured in "Lachrymae Draconis." However, there are more that you do NOT want to read just before going to bed--you have been warned.

The way the stories are arranged, you never know which way you are going to be heading when you start a story--so every story is a new adventure. This is my first book by K.A. Laity, but it definitely will not be my last.

About the Author:
K. A. Laity is the award-winning author of Rook Chant, Owl Stretching, Pelzmantel and Unikirja, a collection of short stories and a play based on the Kalevala, Kanteletar, and other Finnish myths and legend, for which she won the 2005 Eureka Short Story Fellowship as well as a 2006 Finlandia Foundation grant. With cartoonist Elena Steier she created the occult detective comic Jane Quiet. Her bibliography is chock full of short stories, humor pieces, plays and essays, both scholarly and popular. She also writes romance as C. Margery Kempe and Kit Marlowe.

K.A. Laity loves hearing from her readers.

Find K.A. Laity online at

Website – http://www.kalaity.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/k.a.laity
Twitter - https://twitter.com/katelaity
K.A.’s Blog – http://www.aknifeandaquill.wordpress.com

14 comments:

Tirgearr Publishing said...

Thank you for hosting our author, Kate Laity, today.

And thanks to Judy for her lovely review. We've updated Kate's's book page with the review and a link back to this page for future readers.

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kalaity.com said...

Thanks so much. A thoughtful review is always appreciated.

Ingeborg said...

Great post, I enjoyed it. By the way, I was born in Finland.

Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

Charlene Raddon said...

Great book. Good luck with it, K.A.
charraddon@pobox.com

Karen H in NC said...

Thanks for such a tempting review. Makes me want to jump in!

I know many authors write assorted genres using pen names. How difficult is it to keep one persona separate from the other? Sounds to me like the things nightmares are made of!

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

This sounds like some pretty awesome stories here. Where do you get your ideas for them? It doesn't sound like they're part of one overall theme but kind of convoluted.

Simone

kalaity.com said...

@Ingeborg, always glad to know someone from the homeland!

@Charlene, thanks for stopping by to say hello!

@Karen, I love my pseuds! I get to have arguments with myself and it's like being a spy. I always loved pretending to be other people. So dull to just be myself!

@Simone, I literally get my ideas everywhere. I can't seem to stop having them. They usually begin with 'what if?' What if Christopher Marlowe wrote like Hunter S. Thompson, what if dragon's breath were not an herb but a real thing, what if there were something that even scared a serial killer? They just keep coming.

David Knowles said...

Sounds like an intriguing read and I'll be checking it out. Thank you for the post. David.

kalaity.com said...

Thanks for stopping by, David. I hope you enjoy the book.

Isabo Kelly said...

Lovely review, KA! And this book is right up my alley :-). Can't wait to read my copy.

Debby said...

It sounds like this is quite a collection of stories. I hope to read some.
debby236 at gmail dot com

kalaity.com said...

Hi, Isabo! Thanks for stopping by. And thanks too, Debby. I have to go put the names into my virtual hat and draw a winner.

kalaity.com said...

I forgot to actually draw a name! And the drum roll please....

Ingeborg! Congratulations -- and the rest of you are entered in the big giveaway.

Muzz05 said...

Sounds like a creepy compilation of stories. I love creepy. Yay sounds like a winner to me. Thanks for participating in this awesome event. Heather Heslip Alexander heathermuzz@gmail.com