By Adrienne Day
Updated October 19, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT
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In the Cities of Coin and Spice

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In the Cities of Coin and Spice is a complex, engaging collection of fantastical ”Orphan’s Tales”— featuring manticores, djinn, and girls made of tea leaves and twigs — that stack up like Russian nesting dolls.

For Fans of…
Smart, surrealistic fairy tales steeped in Arabian Nights lore and the gnarled fables of Hans Christian Andersen.

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Catherynne M. Valente’s dense imagery and heavy use of metaphor can overwhelm, but the overall effect is intoxicating. B+

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