I discovered the short story anthology, Allegories of the Tarot through author MeiLin Miranda’s Facebook/Twitter request for bloggers to participate in the blog tour. She contributed a story to the book, and the writers and facilitators for the tour were happy to give me, a relatively new blogger, the opportunity to network with their community and share their work.
Allegories of the Tarot is exactly what it sounds like: a series of short stories based around the meanings of various tarot cards. For simplicity and the most obvious symbolism the book only focuses on the Major Arcana. Some of the stories feature a physical representation of their card while others focus on embodying the meaning behind their tarot inspiration. I am not an expert on the tarot, but I still could appreciate the theme that tied the stories together.
Reviewing an anthology is slightly more difficult than discussing a book or comic because the tone varies from author to author. However, Allegories somehow flowed together as a well-matched whole. The project ended up feeling like several beads strung together to form a beautiful necklace that were more amazing for being paired together. The genres represented vary from speculative fiction to horror to fantasy to light sci-fi to simple human interest/true life, but somehow none of them hit a sour note that jerked me out of my immersion into the work.
My favourite stories in Allegories of the Tarot were probably “On The Shoulders of Muses” by Jessica McHugh, “The Moon” by J.H. Sked, and “Transformation” by Timothy Smith, which are vastly different types of stories. However, all three touched a part of me affected by loss and opened me up to feelings I had suppressed. I also loved McHugh’s SF feeling interpretation of inspiration and creative muses. I never considered that interpretation of the muses and was intrigued by her world.
Allegories of the Tarot is not an anthology for everyone as it explores a number of alternate universes and mystical ideas. However, if the concept of mysteries beyond the veil protecting this world from the next or realities we cannot fully explain intrigues you give these stories a read. You will come away refreshed and somehow better from the experience.
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