Moss Witch and Other Stories

Moss Witch and Other Stories By Sara Maitland, Moss Witch and Other Stories A bryologist enters an ancient piece of British woodland to research a rare strain of moss only to discover an even exotic specimen a geologist explains the failures of the feminist movement to her t
  • Title: Moss Witch and Other Stories
  • Author: Sara Maitland
  • ISBN: 9781905583423
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
  • Moss Witch and Other Stories By Sara Maitland, A bryologist enters an ancient piece of British woodland to research a rare strain of moss, only to discover an even exotic specimen a geologist explains the failures of the feminist movement to her teenage niece in terms of tectonic subduction two Old Testament newlyweds scheme to make the most of their tightly negotiated dowry by applying 21st century genetic engiA bryologist enters an ancient piece of British woodland to research a rare strain of moss, only to discover an even exotic specimen a geologist explains the failures of the feminist movement to her teenage niece in terms of tectonic subduction two Old Testament newlyweds scheme to make the most of their tightly negotiated dowry by applying 21st century genetic engineering techniquesEach story in this collection of short fiction fuses together specific pieces of scientific research with an ancient myth or folkloric archetype In these stories, readers will encounter witches that can outwit botanists, religious soothsayers that read evolutionary biology in feverish dreams, and scientists who fall in love with the birds that they study A specially written afterword penned by a scientist follows each story, expanding upon the theory within the story, be it quantum mechanics, planetary physics, game theory, or nanotechnology.
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    1. Sara Maitland

      Sara Maitland is a British writer and academic An accomplished novelist, she is also known for her short stories Her work has a magic realist tendency Maitland is regarded as one of those at the vanguard of the 1970s feminist movement, and is often described as a feminist writer She is a Roman Catholic, and religion is another theme in much of her work.

    773 thoughts on “Moss Witch and Other Stories”

    1. 3.5 These fourteen short stories inspired by scientific developments both past and present blend hypotheses and superstitions, biography and magic realism Each tale is followed by an afterword from an expert in the relevant field.The first story, Her Bonxie Boy, and the title story are the best examples of how Maitland combines contemporary science and timeless fairy tale magic In the former, Helen, a seabird specialist, tracks skuas from the Isle of Lewis to Africa using GPS technology Like Amy [...]


    2. This collection had an interesting premise and it was cool to learn about different scientific theories after each short story However the stories did feel a little forced to fit at times, especially when the characters would suddenly go off into complex ish technical talk for what seems like little reason


    3. The idea behind this collection is fascinating Trying to marry up story and science is a worthy endeavour However some of the connections are rather tenuous and the comments by consulting scientists didn t really give me new insights That said I loved the first story Her Bonxie Boy


    4. The Fairytales in Moss Witch are paired with pieces of scientific essays written by experts within their field, and although it s an interesting concept it did not quite work for me I felt that most of the fairytales had been moulded to fit to a particular scientific theory, and the felt forced There was too much exposition in dialogue and the stories did not ebb and flow naturally Her Bronxie Boy was beautiful and the one about the twins was also magical, but the rest just did not stand up on t [...]


    5. I m just not a short stories person some of these were amazing but I couldn t quite get into any of them particularly except the very last, Dark Humour, which was incredible.


    6. I m a bit sad to be giving up on this one as the concept is really intriguing Each story in the collection is inspired by a scientific theory or concept and each one is followed by an essay by a scientist from that field.However, the science and the stories never quite marry Too often, two characters have a conversation about that theory or one character explains the theory at length to another I would have liked to see the concepts integrated, to have become organically part of the fabric of t [...]


    7. Moss Witch is a collection of stories inspired by discussions with scientists in several different fields, from Geology and Anthropology to Physics, Genetics, and Astronomy and of course, Bryology Maitland chooses her genre for each so that fairy tales and creation myths rub shoulders with folktales and flat out horror And it all works like a charm The stories are enchanting, illuminating, and sometimes frightening as you expect from an author known for her deep understanding of fairy tales Each [...]


    8. When I read the first story Her Bonxie Boy , both my brain and my heart exploded in excitement I was so happy to see the Sara Maitland of Far North , with her tender folk imagination full of blood and guts However, the rest of the stories never really reach that standard Or so I thought, until BOOM I reached The Beautiful Equation , which blew me away again Moss Witch also stands out I guess the ones I like the most are the ones that ooze folklore, but the stories where science tips the balance [...]


    9. I think these stories need to be taken as a whole from the story and the context from the consulting scientist As a short story collection by themselves, then yeh it may sometimes seem tedious like lots of reviews say but she needs to give you a little bit of context when talking about matter and antimatter etc for the story to make any sense I loved it I thought she did something really special here and she made me read up on some areas that I m not well versed in.


    10. Outstanding If I could give 6 stars I would.Maitland writes very well and that s a good start There is no sameness between any pair of stories so the ingredients are good to begin with.But her triumph is wining proper science and feminism in each one of them, and if there s any doubt about veracity it s dispelled by a postscript from a high ranking practising scientist in each chosen area Blimey, she must have learned a lot in doing this.Fantastic.


    11. Unfortunately I liked the afterwords from the academics than the actual stories You may like this book if you enjoy Pippa Goldschmidt and Tania Hershman s work.



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