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Children of Morpheus

Nth Degree Magazine Review
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    Children of Morpheus This collection of short stories and poems 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 going to love this one. 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 poetryconveying a high degree of emotion in a short spacealthough 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.

    Mike Pederson, Nth Degree Magazine, Issue 10, Sept. 2004

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