Book Review: Children of Morpheus

ChildrenOfMorpheusby Michael D. Pederson


Children of Morpheus: A Collection of Poetry and Short Fiction
Danielle Ackley-McPhail with illustrations by Ruth Lampi
Lite Circle Books, 60 pp.

This collection of short stories and poetry covers such light-hearted topics as cancer, death, and 9/11. Fans of somber fantasy (and I know there are a lot of them out there) are gonna love this one. Ms. Ackley-McPhail seems to favor a somewhat flowery style of writing that tends to balance the darker themes. In my opinion, Ackley-McPhail’s narrative technique works best in her poetry—conveying a high degree of emotion in a short space—although her retelling of Celtic mythology in “Birth of the Tuatha de Danaan” is a particularly strong marriage of content to form. The addition of Lampi’s illustrations provides a light, ethereal innocence that blends well with Ackley-McPhail’s voice.


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