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Winding Paths

A Playable Reading Experience

by Marianne Xenos

Winding Paths anthology
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 19.99
ISBN: 979-8988729983
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 298

Adventure awaits the intrepid reader willing to enter Winding Paths, an anthology of game stories and poetry, puzzles and prizes. You can’t get to UR any other way, and UR is where 25 original works by award-winning writers and new voices dwell.

You can read this book in order, but perhaps you are a wanderer. If so, you’re in luck! Choose paths to wind your way throughout, all the while searching for items, earning rewards, and solving puzzles.

And at the end? You can keep playing. The cover is The Royal Game of UR’s game board. The rules, along with a set of game pieces for each story or poem, are provided inside the book. Fictional combat. Author against author. Whom do you favor?

Or maybe you will wish to stay in UR forever.

Let the games begin…

The Peri's Gate by Marianne Xenos

Daria and her girlfriend Ani hide their wings in public. They are Parikanis, winged people with roots in Mesopotamia. They share an apartment with their cat Mooshi in an apartment above Main Street in a small New England city. Most of the couple's differences are rooted in the past. Daria is a Daeva and Ani is a Peri, and the animosity between their cultures reaches back to ancient times. Their relationship faces a test involving a ring, a haunted game, and a visit from their ancestors.

This anthology is published by Demagogue Press.

About the Author

Marianne Xenos is an artist and writer from western Massachusetts. Her stories have been published in magazines and anthologies including The Future Fire, The Fantastic Other, and Orion's Belt. In 2022, she was a winner of the Writers of the Future contest and is a Pushcart Prize nominee for her short story in the Winding Paths anthology. Marianne is working on a collection of stories as well as a novel set in Boston's queer community in 1983.