Glitter Rose by Marianne de Pierres reviewed by Jill Smith

Glitter Rose by Marianne de Pierres reviewed by Jill Smith.

Fabulous review for Glitter Rose from Gold Coast writer, Jill Smith.

Every word is in place, every ounce of evocative emotion relayed. This is a book that will not just disappear onto the bookcase or cabinet. This is one I will keep nearby to visit whenever I want to be inspired. The pictures and the story go hand in hand. It is truly a delight for all the senses.”



Deborah Ross on Glitter Rose

I’m sure Deborah Ross won’t mind me re-posting this review she did for Glitter Rose a while back:

Marianne de Pierres, Glitter RoseI found this little collection of short stories in my goodie bag at the last World Fantasy Convention. Otherwise, I might never have known about it, as it’s from a small print run by an Australian publisher (Twelfth Planet Press). These are exquisite stories, understated in the best sense of the word, with weirdness and mystery (and a little drama here and there) woven into them. Most of them follow the narrator as she arrives on a tropical island, seeking solace for a deep wound that she can’t even bear to describe. The island, however, is subject to waves of wind-borne spores that generate “exotic, often terminal afflictions” for anyone who cannot afford the expensive antidote. As Tinashi settles into her self-imposed exile, she develops relationships with the island’s inhabitants, layer by layer exposing their secrets, her own, and those of the tidal spores.

With the last of the sunset…strange phosphorescence claimed the sand, colorless at first and rapidly changing to a carpet of tiny, glitterrose_yellow-cover_sketch2_web.jpgshining, rose-coloured grains. Something about them compelled me to hasten to the beach and run them through my fingers and toes.

I must have stirred, because Geronimo and Arthur Wang each laid a hand on my arm.

“The spores are active,” Arthur Wang explained. “Walking on the beach during glitter rose can be…” he trailed off.

Geronimo took it up, his voice a quiet boom. “What the Prof. Is saying, Tinashi, is — if you walk on the beach at glitter rose, you might has well feed your Tyline to the fish. And you don’t know what the spores will do. How they will change you. Everyone is different. The locals, I mean. Some things you can see, like the eyes and the water retention in the forehead. Others it’s only on the inside. They’re the ones to watch. You never know about them. By heaven, it’s tempting though.” His voice brimmed with emotion in that last sentence, like a man on the limit of endurance.

I glanced among them then, and saw the feeling mirrored in their faces. Longing. And fear.

I gulped my pink champagne deeply and felt the tingle waken dead places in me.

Glitter Rose Review by Colleen Cahill

Glitter Rose

By Marianne de Pierres

Australia : Twelfth Planet Press, 2010

A review by

Colleen R. Cahill

When I think of biological disasters in science fiction, books like the Michael Crichton’s Andromeda Strain come to mind, with humans facing deadly change.  Nothing says, however, that it is has to be that way, as some good could come along with the bad.  This is one theme in several of the stories in Marianne de Pierres’ collection, Glitter Rose, from Twelfth Planet Press.  When a “freak of nature” changes a touristy tropical island into a place for those seeking something they cannot find anywhere else, great stories are the result.

Tinashi has come to Carmine Island “worn by heartache” and seeking isolation.  A decade before, spores settled on the island causing “exotic, even terminal afflictions”.  Since then, only those who could afford the expensive suppressants can survive here and most who come seek either a hint of danger or escape from the past.  Tinashi is obviously the latter, but she also sees beauty here, such as during the “glitter rose dusk”, when the spore turn the beach into a “carpet of tiny, shining rose-colored grains”.  This is beauty with an edge because should one walk among it, the spores would change them.  The effect is different for each person. The change can be seen on some of the locals, which might be as subtle as “water retention on the forehead”, or could be something deeper.  When she first arrives, Tinashi finds the seclusion she seeks, but soon her neighbors take an interest in her and she learns more about of them, whether she would or not.  Like most visitors, they are here for a reason, one directly connected with the spore.  They form an unusual crew, including a pair on a long honeymoon, a deep sea fisherman, a divinity teacher and his daughter, and a marine biologist.  Most intriguing is Katrin, who has no fear of the spore as she is immune; she gladly walks where others fear to tread.

Where is the good in this?  How about Lauren, who is going slowly blind, but this seems a fair trade off, as she was dying from a fatal illness that the spore completely cured.  What makes these four stories fascinating is the emotional impact the spore has on the residents, some reacting with greed, others loosing dark desires, and still others forming a family from those who choose to live in this altered world.  Definitely a character driven work, the Glitter Rose stories are full of humanity at its worst and best, all set amidst wonder and magnificence.

The last story in this collection, “In the Bookshadow”, is set in a place we all know, a book store.  Darker than the four other stories, a clerk in a small book shop begins seeing strange sites, starting with a “large, shadowy, evil” crow. Is this an omen or warning? Why these eerie shadows are appearing could be a warning to us all.

This slim volume might not seem like much, but its stories are lively, compelling and will definitely touch your heart.  You might have to search a bit for a copy, but it is well worth seeking out the gem of Glitter Rose.

FastForward TV blog posted here courtesy of Colleen Cahill.

Reading Adventures reviews Glitter Rose

Reading Adventures gives an in depth look at Glitter Rose.

“The prose throughout the four short stories is powerfully beautiful and evocative, with what description there is of the island and the spores being sufficient to bring the world to life without spending pages and pages in world building – something that there really wouldn’t be much space for in the short story format. I can see myself revisiting these stories time and time again.”

You can read then full article here.

The Booky Monster reviews Glitter Rose

Straight from The Booky Monster

‘Marianne has long been one of my favourite’s and although I approached Glitter Rose with very high expectations, I’m pleased to say that in no way does it disappoint.  Glitter Rose is set against the backdrop of an off-shore island community plagued by spores that change the Island’s inhabitants – some outwardly, others on the inside. The characters are complex and the scenes visually stunning. Truly spec-fic at it’s best!

‘If you’re not a fan of short stories – and honestly I never usually read them – Glitter Rose can also be approached as a small novel. The quartet flows together adding a new dimension with each part, almost with a chapter feel.

‘Twelfth Planet Press has done a marvelous job with the presentation and the artwork in between each story, just holding it makes you feel that you have something special, and truly you do.  Trent Jamieson summed it up for me in his introduction, “Marianne de Pierres doesn’t write short stories often, but when she does, they’re special.”‘

Walker of the Worlds reviews Glitter Rose

“Marianne de Pierres is a favourite author of mine. I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed her Sentients of Orion series and, despite never having read any of her short fiction, was very eager to read Glitter Rose. I didn’t know what to expect other than the stories shared a common setting, but what I found was wonderful, even exceptional.

The setting for Glitter Rose is Carmine Island where the four stories in this collection follow Tinashi, a women with a troubled past who moves there. We join Tinashi during this first move and follow her time on Carmine Island through these stories, learning a little more of her and her past as they progress. Her fellow long-time residents are introduced in the first story, Glitter-by-Dark, and the relationships Tinashi strikes up with them play a role throughout the collection.

I won’t give anything away here, I feel the stories need to be read to be appreciated, but Marianne has created a wonderful setting that is explored through the characters. Very little is explained about Carmine Island and the spores that make it special, but enough is passed on to the reader through Tinashi’s experiences to grasp the idea and let it carry you away. The prose is beautiful and simple with none of the stories being over written, each is self contained yet also part of the bigger picture that is Tinashi’s time on the island. It’s a joy to read and will take you on a journey that is well worth the time.

There is a fifth story in this collection, In the Bookshadow, and while unrelated to the four Carmine Island stories, it brings with it exactly the same confident and oh-so-very readable style. It’s unique, yet so familiar to any genre reader, and a masterful way to end a great collection.

I do have to add a little something about the way this collection is presented. It’s a small hardcover with a stunning cover, but it also contains other illustrations based on the stories. Although only a small press, Twelfth Planet Press has done a wonderful job at packaging this book just right – everything works.

I can recommend this collection to anyone – it’s beautiful and written so well, I’m hard pressed to find anything at all I didn’t enjoy about it. If you’ve not read anything by Marianne de Pierres then this is a good place to start, and even if you have you need this in your collection – it’s exceptional.”