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scarecrow

Hay-men, mommets, tattie bogles, kakashi, tao-tao—whether formed of straw or other materials, the tradition of scarecrows is pervasive in farming cultures around the world. The scarecrow serves as decoy, proxy, and effigy—human but not human. We create them in our image and ask them to protect our crops and by extension our very survival, but we refrain from giving them thHay-men, mommets, tattie bogles, kakashi, tao-tao—whether formed of straw or other materials, the tradition of scarecrows is pervasive in farming cultures around the world. The scarecrow serves as decoy, proxy, and effigy—human but not human. We create them in our image and ask them to protect our crops and by extension our very survival, but we refrain from giving them the things a creation might crave—souls, brains, free-will, love. In Scarecrow, fifteen authors of speculative fiction explore what such creatures might do to gain the things they need or, more dangerously, think they want.Within these pages, ancient enemies join together to destroy a mad mommet, a scarecrow who is a crow protects solar fields and stores long-lost family secrets, a woman falls in love with a scarecrow, and another becomes one. Encounter scarecrows made of straw, imagination, memory, and robotics while being spirited to Oz, mythological Japan, other planets, and a neighbor’s back garden. After experiencing this book, you’ll never look at a hay-man the same.Featuring all new work by Jane Yolen, Andrew Bud Adams, Laura Blackwood, Amanda Block, Scott Burtness, Amanda C. Davis, Megan Fennell, Kim Goldberg, Katherine Marzinsky, Craig Pay, Sara Puls, Holly Schofield, Virginia Carraway Stark, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and Kristina Wojtaszek....

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ISBN : 9780692430224
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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Scarecrow Reviews

  • Lissa Sloan
    2018-10-04 11:07

    Scarecrow is another atmospheric installment in Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries series. It is bookended by writing which evokes The Wizard of Oz, beginning with Jane Yolen's thoughtful poem, "Scarecrow Hangs" and ending with a bang from Scott Burtness's "If I Only Had an Autogenic Cognitive Decision Matrix". (And what an ending!) In between are a consistently well-written but unique selection of stories exploring the theme of scarecrows and what it means to be human. My favorites were Kristina Wojtaszek's love story, "A Fist Full of Straw", Laura Blackwood's sensitive examination of those self-defeating voices we hear inside our heads, "Black Birds", and the regretful "Scarecrow Progressions (Rubber Duck Remix)" by Sara Puls. This is the second Magical Menageries collection I've read, and I can't wait to read more!

  • S.L. Saboviec
    2018-09-26 10:09

    This is some more awesomeness from the Magical Menageries series. Living scarecrows don't freak me out like anthropomorphic birds do (which is maybe weird, no?), so I appreciated this installment better than the last. But that's like saying, "Oh, yeah, I totally loved the triple chocolate ice cream better than the double chocolate ice cream."I love the range of stories. I love the different voices. I love the clear world-building. I love the carefully constructed table-of-contents--the last story was placed perfectly, in my opinion. I think I might have shrieked out loud when it finished.Go, run, buy this anthology. And the other ones. Do it now!

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2018-10-17 16:44

    I've never read another book quite like Scarecrow before; each of its stories have a similar theme of man-made figures, but each story is different in that some are fantasy and tell of benevolent creatures with sentience, others follow a darker path. This book is amazing and definitely one that short story fans will love.

  • Scott Burtness
    2018-09-21 15:01

    So much fun!What a wonderful blend of spec fiction genres. Very impressed with each author's interpretation of "scarecrow" and the stories they wove around those interpretations.This is a perfect late-summer/autumn read!

  • M.L.D.
    2018-09-21 08:53

    An excellent spooky read for the season. As is always the case in anthologies, I enjoyed some more than others. My favorites were the opening story, "Kakashi and Crow" by Megan Fennell, "Judge and Jury" by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, "Edith and I" by Virginia Carraway Stark, the haunting "Only the Land Remembers" by Amanda Block, and the closing story "If I Only Had an Autogenic Cognitive Decision Matrix by Scott Burtness, both hilarious and horrifying. Overall, a solidly entertaining collection.

  • Gordon Gravley
    2018-10-13 10:44

    The third in the Magical Menagerie series and yet another satisfying collection of stories. I'm most impressed by the quality of writing in this one, based upon a rather difficult subject matter from which to conceive. Fairies and the mythology of birds is one thing, but scarecrows? The collection connects closely to the previous book, but also stands on its own. This series is also allowing me to discover new writers I want to read more of.

  • William Wheeler
    2018-10-05 14:48

    The world of the Scarecrow now has many different faces. Before reading this book I only thought of the Scarecrow from The Wizard of OZ, The Stand and off the Batman comics. I love the many ideas the authors came up with. The Judge and Jury was my favorite out of all of them. I've met Scott Burtness many times who has a story within this book. He sold it to me in person and I was not disappointed.

  • Amber
    2018-10-16 10:47

    Do you ever read a book and afterwards sit there stunned? A few weeks later I still have one word to describe this book. Damn. Day-um.Yes, I’m friends with Rhonda. I look forward to reading anything she touches. But this was a surprise. The editor does a lot; comes up with the concept, reads all the submissions, (maybe) pick the cover art, suggests edits to the authors, and much more I don’t even know about. I’ve seen some of these author names pop up from other projects Rhonda has worked on but playing favorites isn’t her thing; she’ll always pick what she thinks is the best work.Variety – There’s a good mix within the anthology. Story lengths, settings, time periods, mechanical scarecrows, straw scarecrows… you get the idea.Pacing – Each piece is well-paced. Every single story felt like it was building to a conclusion of some kind.I feel like this is one of those very vague reviews. I guess because it is; I’m no pointing to any one story which is better than another. Each person’s experience of this anthology is going to be different. There’s truly enough variety that I’m sure anyone picking this up will find a story that sticks with them.

  • Amanda Block
    2018-09-26 15:07

  • Virginia Stark
    2018-10-18 10:55

  • Megan Fennell
    2018-10-19 09:39

  • Rhonda
    2018-10-05 08:53

  • Laura Baugh
    2018-09-28 16:06

  • Kristina Wojtaszek
    2018-10-22 14:53