Monthly Archives: December 2013

Bookslinger Update: “The Specialist’s Hat”

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This week’s story is from Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link, published by Small Beer Press. The eleven stories in Kelly Link’s debut collection are funny, spooky, and smart. They all have happy endings. They were all especially written for you. A Best of the Year pick from Salon.com, Locus, The Village Voice, and San Francisco Chronicle. Includes Nebula, World Fantasy, and Tiptree award-winning stories.

“An alchemical mix of Borges, Raymond Chandler and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”—Salon.com (Best of the Year)

“My favorite fantasy writer.”—Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered

“Kelly Link is probably the best short story writer currently out there, in any genre or none. She puts one word after another and makes real magic with them-funny, moving, tender, brave and dangerous. She is unique, and should be declared a national treasure, and possibly surrounded at all times by a cordon of armed marines.”

—Neil Gaiman

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Bookslinger Update: “Nephilim”

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This week’s story is from Rise by L. Annette Binder, published by Sarabande Books. The stories in Rise are fairytales, except that the witch, lucky Hans, and the frog prince are characters at the fringes of everyday life. There are rockets, swells of starlings, and children who disappear into thin air. L. Annette Binder writes magical tales with authority and restraint, and we believe her stories, every one.

“Binder has gone so deeply, and with such mystical brilliance and loyalty, into her own world that she has brought mine to me in high relief. She both casts a spell and breaks it. To experience Rise is to experience wonder.”
—Laura Kasischke

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Bookslinger Update: “Reaction-Formation”

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This week’s story is from Psychology and Other Stories by C.P. Boyko, published by Biblioasis. Psychologists are people we admire and resent. At best, they’re compassionate detectives of the human soul, healers and diagnosticians, assessing the internal machinations that structure our lives and behavior. At worst, however, they’re smug, hyper-educated, bombastic, yappy, socially deaf, thrice-divorced and twice-separated spouse-swapping cat-torturing perverts.

Plus, they’re all in this book. And so are their patients.

C.P. Boyko’s Psychology and Other Stories is replete with analysts, attorneys, criminals, Freudians, wardens, and self-help gurus. From Dr. Pringle’s treatment-resisting young patient in “Reaction-Formation” to the philandering forensic psychiatrist of “The Blood-Brain Barrier,” Psychology is a droll dissection of industry archetypes—as well as a brilliant study of mental illness, mental health, and the people who try to tell them apart.

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Bookslinger Update: “Ephemera”

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This week’s story is from Other Heartbreaks by Patricia Henley, published by Engine Books. “Throughout her powerful story collection, Other Heartbreaks, Patricia Henley lays bare the souls of women coping with the ache of losing love.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

This collection of elegant, moving stories explores the bonds and betrayals among women. Patricia Henley’s characters make their way through grief and discovery, revealing the power of their hearts and of the landscapes where they reside.

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