I said that I would review “AN A-Z of possible worlds” by A.C Tillyer aaaaaages ago. I have put it off and put it off because the truth is I wanted to love it so very much but I don’t and I didn’t want to say that.
It looks beautiful and utterly unique. I am a huge McSweeney’s fan and the presentation of these stories put me in mind of the care and attention that McSweeney’s publications have. It comes in a red box embossed in gold with the letters of the alphabet. Each story has it’s own wee booklet and it is just gorgeous.
Roast Books have done a wonderful thing here, and I am excited to see what else they do in the future. Their website is very interesting – looky looky!
So, hurray for Roast Books, hurray for publishers that take chances and produce works of such fabiosity, I am only sorry that an A-Z really didn’t do it for me. I love the concept but found the stories to be more tell than show, and they all seemed to share the same rather dry voice. I am entirely prepared to say that may just be personal preference as there seem to be plenty o’ rave reviews around the blogosphere. I think also that the price is a large one to pay to take a chance: when I pay £20 for a McSweeney’s it’s a lucky dip of writers, some I will like, others I won’t and I can just flip on to the next, here Ms Tillyer’s is the only voice on offer so…