Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I think Caitlin R. Kiernan is one of the most overlooked, underrated writers of our time. She's won World Fantasy Awards and her work regularly appears in year-end "Best Of" editions, but she's never had the commercial breakthrough that many lesser writers have garnered. It would be a great thing if Agents of Dreamland changed that.
Let's see, where shall I start with this novella? Its layered, dense, fantastic writing? Its non-linear time structure (albeit clearly indicated by the chapter headings)? Its creepy, paranoid atmosphere, an artful, unexpected blend of the Lovecraft oeuvre and The X-Files? Its horrific story of a fungal alien invasion fit to give anyone nightmares? Its complex characterizations, as effortlessly written as I've ever seen?
I've read quite a few novellas so far this year. This one is a standout. Please, buy this and give Caitlin R. Kiernan the fame she deserves.
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