A Cathedral of Myth and Bone

A Cathedral of Myth and Bone

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 unexplored. A woman being written into her boyfriend?s fiction is at first flattered to be his muse, but then finds her real life literally consumed and overtaken by his. A desperate young woman makes a prayer to the Saint of In these sixteen exquisite stories Kat Howard deftly weaves in and out of the countries of myth and hagiography to ...

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Title:A Cathedral of Myth and Bone
Author:Kat Howard
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:1481492152
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

A Cathedral of Myth and Bone Reviews

  • Tim Hicks
    Mar 13, 2019
    Just not to my taste, not at all. Well, OK, I liked the Saint of Sidewalks a bit. The intro felt pretentious to me, and as it turned out so did the stories. As if KH was trying so hard to craft Exquisite Stories that she lost sight of the "Tell Me A Story" aspect. Things happen...
  • Crowinator
    Sep 06, 2018
    Actual rating: 3.5 stars ...
  • AliceAnn
    Feb 08, 2019
    While I didn't love all of these stories, the ones I did love were fantastic. The writing is lyrical, and although the stories are mainly based on mythology, they're quite unique in their delivery. ...
  • H
    Jan 17, 2019
    Some of the short stories in this book are fantastic. The novella update of the King Arthur story was lovely and dreamy. As sometimes happen in short story collections, the strongest stories were clustered in the front, and then some of the later stories seem almost unfinished. But the...
  • Sami
    Aug 26, 2018
    A haunting and gorgeous collection of short stories threaded together with the quiet opulence of a stained glass window. Howard's beautiful prose brings together fragile bones, feathered pages, and heartsick saints. It's worth mentioning that Once, Future is my favorite King Arthur sto...
  • Marzie
    Jan 07, 2019
    This fascinating and varied collection of short stories (and in one case a series of vignettes that form a novelette) by Kat Howard is actually the first time I've read a good bit of this author's work. Many of these tales are memorable re-envisionings of stories from literature or his...
  • Megan
    Mar 04, 2019
    Favorite stories: Maiden, Hunter, Beast Once, Future Saints' Tide Painted Birds and Shivered Bones The Calendar of Saints ...
  • Andrea
    Feb 11, 2019
    These stories were incredible; I love the imagery and the descriptive language and the glimpses into folklore. Each story is evocative and I am amazed by how well the traditional fantasy and fairy tale elements intertwine with descriptions of contemporary society. I especially loved Dr...
  • Jill Furedy
    Feb 08, 2019
    The first few stories in this book grabbed me right away. The first was about a women who disappeared into the stories her boyfriend wrote whenever he used her for inspiration. The second was a woman who asks the Saint of the Sidewalk for a miracle and gets more than she bargained for,...
  • Michelle
    Sep 24, 2018
    Pub date: Oct 2018 Wow! I am not usually a short story person, but this was chockablock full of wonderful and terrifying woman-centric magic and modern mythology. Most of the stories I loved (especially "Once, Future"), just one I thought was just ok, but all haunted me and left me wa...
  • Jazmine
    Jan 31, 2019
    3.5 stars My favorite stories were probably A Life in Fictions, Saints' Tide, and The Saint of the Sidewalk. ...
  • Margaret
    Feb 21, 2019
    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 rea...
  • Erika
    Feb 27, 2019
    3.5. ?Once, Future? is damn good and gets 5 stars, easily. I also really enjoyed all the stories that incorporated saints, and I very much appreciated the active conversation about and with the nature of fairy tales and stories. It?s just that at the end of most of the stories, I...
  • Katharine Rudzitis
    Feb 22, 2019
    On the list of books I wish I had written. What a wide ranging collection of stories! I loved all of them. ...
  • Liz
    Jan 17, 2019
    Short Review Short story collections are always hard to review because the quality of stories differs. I gave this four stars because I loved "Once, Future" and "Breaking the Frame." All the other stories are good. They're well written, but felt like they jumped around a lot. Someti...
  • Jessika
    Feb 12, 2019
    I enjoyed this, and I think Howard did some fun things with retellings, but overall it was a fairly one note collection. No complaints, but I won't be thinking about these stories three weeks from now. ...
  • Alex
    Mar 08, 2019
    This collection of short stories is unbelievable and amazing and everything. Absolutely loved it. ...
  • DeeDee
    Nov 07, 2018
    (Thank you to Edelweiss and Saga Press for providing this DRC in exchange for an honest review) One of my new favorite books, and certainly my favorite short story collection to date! I would recommend this to literally everyone, but especially those that understand that fairy tales...
  • Marija (Inside My Library Mind)
    Dec 15, 2018
    More reviews up on my blog Inside My Library Mind ?The story knows the way of its telling.? As 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 o...
  • Kelly
    Feb 24, 2019
    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 o...
  • Mike Chen
    Jan 15, 2019
    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 ...
  • Rani
    Jan 14, 2019
    The novella "Once, Future" where the story of King Arthur plays out on a college campus is probably my favorite piece in this collection. On the while, I found the collection to be a bit of a mixed bag. I think in general I probably like Kat Howard's longer works more than her short...
  • Hillary Smith
    Sep 05, 2018
    I am completely and totally in awe of this new collection of short stories. These tales are as dark and beautiful as the myths and fables they are based on, but somehow they seem impossibly richer. Howard has breathed new life and modernity into everything from Greek mythology to the t...
  • upsidedownygirl
    Feb 27, 2019
    Short stories aren?t usually my thing, but these have a completeness about them that?s satisfying. I loved the undercurrent of saints lives and references to myths, plus the centering of female protagonists taking agency over their stories. ...
  • Jackie Cowgill
    Nov 20, 2018
    I had a difficult time deciding between 3 and 4 stars. I chose 4 because ultimately the great stories in this anthology outweighed the not so good. And none of the stories were bad, but I just didn't understand some of them because they were so unique and out there. Also, a few were go...
  • K Gover
    Mar 07, 2019
    Collection of short stories that range from 10 pgs to 130! Topics include a variety of fantasy, traditional stories retold in modern times and sci-fi. I need help determining the genre (traditional literature or fantasy) - NOt appropriate for middle school, mainly b/c of language in un...
  • Bryan Miller
    Feb 02, 2019
    What a brutal, unsettling, and poignantly mythic collection of stories. Personal faves include ?Translatio Corporis? as well as ?Dreaming Like a Ghost? and ?Returned?. So damn good. If you?re a fan of Neil Gaiman or Aimee Bender?and always imagined what some mix between...
  • Sarron Bekele
    Mar 12, 2019
    A page turner but the stories were hit or miss ...
  • Brendan Anderson
    Jan 31, 2019
    I picked this book off a shelf because I was intrigued by the title. I flipped to the first story, read the first line ("He wrote me into a story again"), and then stood rooted in the bookstore aisle until I'd finished. I bought the book thinking that one story alone was worth the pric...
  • vgl3
    Feb 03, 2019
    A number of these stories were excellent, and I enjoyed the themes of location (the cathedrals of the title crop up regularly), myth, feminism and the thin line between reality and fantasy. Unfortunately, the story I enjoyed the least was the longest (by far), dominating the book and t...