Short Stories

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Going into Press Start to Play, one may be a bit hesitant: Hmmm . . . science fiction stories about video games?

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“many of the stories have the feel of being a novel in gestation.”

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William Gass is known and admired as a writer’s writer for his handsome, challenging, and experimental prose and as a misanthrope for his tendency to focus on his characters’ moral shortcomings.

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The Sea Is Ours is a subversive and rebellious addition to the steampunk canon and one that's been needed as it highlights points of view outside the norm.

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“the best book this year . . . when it comes to literature.”

In an author’s note to his intense and amazing new collection of short fiction, Colum McCann writes:

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Angel is remorse, and it is redemption. It is (highest compliment) craft.”

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“an evocative and provoking collection . . .”

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Falling in Love with Hominids opens with the confession, “I didn’t used to like people much.” Author Nalo Hopkinson acknowledges that as a teen she did not have much hope for the human spe

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Imagine George Orwell got it wrong. Big Brother isn’t a Stasi- or North Korean–style government watching the unremarkable comings-and-goings of the people.

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Somewhat unnoticed in the cloud of dust this summer about Harper Lee’s long-delayed Go Set a Watchman, Maria Bloshteyn’s brilliant translations of the earliest Chekhov stories, some of the

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fabulous niche reading for those seeking dark and darkly intelligent fare.”

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“. . . so jarringly poetic and heroic in their raw power you’ll want to read them more than once.”

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“Elegantly written, with poise and control, each of the stories presented in this collection beg to be pondered with great care.

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“Despite its flaws, Bark is an unsettling, poignant, cohesive and extremely well written collection of stories.”

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Karate Chop displays an admirable willingness to take on difficult stories, and Dorthe Nors tells these difficult stories very well.”

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“Molly Antopol is an astute, insightful observer of human relationships . . . a remarkable collection of short stories. . . . In a word: Wow!”

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Leaving the Sea is recommended to serious readers . . .”

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“. . . an exceptionally well-written, engaging, unified collection.”

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Over the past few decades, superheroes, villains, and other characters taken from the pages of comic books have become as much a part of American mythology as Rip Van Winkle, Paul Bunyan, and Johnn

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Annabelle’s mother desires only to serve and love her self-immersed, narcissistic artist husband who paints her suggestively in the nude.

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“The Kissing List beautifully captures the lives of twenty-something, smart, educated women. . . . haunting and thought-provoking.”

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“The Fun Parts is dude lit. For smart people.”

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“Ben Katchor easily qualifies as an equal opportunity satirist.”

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