Monthly Archives: February 2013

Bookslinger Update: “Whisper”

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This week’s story is from Meet Me in the Moon Room by Ray Vukcevich, published by Small Beer Press. Here are 33 weird, wonderful stories concerning men, women, teleportation, wind-up cats, and brown paper bags. By turns whimsical and unsettling—frequently managing to be both—these short fictions describe family relationships, bad breakups, and travel to outer space. Vukcevich’s loopy, fun-house mirror take on everyday life belongs to the same absurdist school of work as that of George Saunders, David Sedaris, Ken Kalfus, and Victor Pelevin, although there is no one quite like him. Try one of these stories, it won’t take you long, but it will turn your head inside out.

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Bookslinger Update: “The Naturalist”

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This week’s story is from After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh, published by Small Beer Press. Self-aware computers. Zombies. Clinical trial volunteers. Chinese factory workers. Dolls that look like newborn infants. After the Apocalypse. In her new collection, Story Prize finalist Maureen F. McHugh delves into the dark heart of contemporary life and life five minutes from now and how easy it is to mix up one with the other. Her stories are post-bird flu, in the middle of medical trials, wondering if our computers are smarter than us, wondering when our jobs are going to be outsourced overseas, wondering if we are who we say we are, and not sure what we’d do to survive the coming zombie plague.

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Bookslinger Update: “It’s Water, It’s Not Going to Kill You”

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This week’s story is from Georgia Under Water by Heather Sellers, published by Sarabande Books. Heather Seller’s unpretentious, vernacular prose allows Georgia a persuasive mix of innocence and experience. These are miraculous stories of survival, perhaps even forgiveness. To some of us Georgia’s life would be unthinkable. Sellers makes us believe it is well worth living.

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Bookslinger Update: “Hovenweep”

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This week’s story is from A Tendency to Be Gone by Pamela Ryder, published by Dzanc Books. Pamela Ryder’s stories transport us into realms as varied as the language that tells these tales. With sentences that are plain and precise, or lush and illuminating, we journey through a topography of the heart. These fifteen fictions fling the reader ever farther through territories unchartered, and into the literary habitations of uncertainty.

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