Recently I received a review copy of Allegories of the Tarot, edited by Annetta Ribken. As a fan of the Tarot (my own personal favorite is my Zombie Tarot deck), and particularly the Major Arcana, I was very intrigued by the title and looked forward to seeing how the stories fit in with the cards of the Major Arcana.
I wasn’t disappointed.
From the first story to the last I was transported into the world of the Major Arcana through a variety of genres and storytelling styles, and I found it to be an enriching and enjoyable experience. I was pleased to find that each story was a great fit for the card with which it was associated even though most were not stories that had anything to do directly with the Tarot.
While I liked all of the stories there were some that I absolutely loved. Flesh in Frame (Empress) by Spike Marlowe blew me away, On the Shoulders of Muses (Hierophant) by Jessica McHugh was beautiful and satisfying, Transformation (Death) by Timothy Bryant Smith touched my heart and brought back memories of my first awareness of the transition of the soul. Anne Chaconas’ Replay All (Temperance) was hysterical (and possible), and Hoarder (Devil) by Patti Larsen was so darned creepy I’m not sure I’ll ever look at mermaids the same way again.
My absolute favorite story of all was The Moon (Moon) by J.H. Sked. It was so sad and beautiful and heartbreaking and joyful, all at the same time that I had to stop reading and go get the tissues.
I think Annetta Ribken did a great job editing this anthology and Jennifer Wingard made sure that the text was so clean and pleasant to read on an e-reader (I love a well edited and formatted ebook). Whether you are a Tarot lover or not it’s a great collection, and I wholeheartedly recommend it. I give Allegories of the Tarot ten pentacles!✪✪✪✪✪✪✪✪✪✪
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