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The Third Bearby Jeff Vandermeer
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Compared by critics to Borges, Nabokov, and Kafka, contemporary fantasist Jeff VanderMeer continues to amaze with this surreal, innovative, and absurdist gathering of award-winning short fiction. Exotic beasts and improbable travelers roam restlessly through these darkly diverting and finely honed tales.
In The Situation,” a beleaguered office worker creates a child-swallowing manta-ray to be used for educational purposes (once described as Dilbert meets Gormenghast). In Three Days in a Border Town,” a sharpshooter seeks the truth about her husband in an elusive floating city beyond a far-future horizon; Errata” follows an oddly familiar writer who has marshaled a penguin, a shaman, and two pearl-handled pistols with which to plot the end of the world. Also included are two stories original to this collection, including The Quickening,” in which a lonely child is torn between familial obligation and loyalty to a maligned talking rabbit.
Chimerical and hypnotic, VanderMeer leads readers through the postmodern into a new literature of the imagination.
The award-winning short fiction in this collection highlights the voice of an inventive contemporary fantasist who has been compared by critics to Borges, Nabokov, and Kafka.
The award-winning short fictions in this collection highlight the voice of an inventive contemporary fantasist who has been compared by critics to Borges, Nabokov, and Kafka. In addition to highlights such as The Situation,” in which a beleaguered office worker creates a child-swallowing manta ray to be used for educational purposes and Errata,” which follows an oddly familiar writer who has marshaled a penguin, a shaman, and two pearl-handled pistols with which to plot the end of the world, this volume contains two never-before-published stories. Chimerical and hypnotic, this compilation leads readers through the postmodern into what is emerging into a new literature of the imagination.
About the Author
Jeff VanderMeer is a columnist, a publisher, the author of several books, including Booklife, City of Saints & Madmen, Finch, Shriek: An Afterword, and Veniss Underground. He is the editor of Fast Ships, Black Sails; The New Weird; Steampunk; and The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases. He is the founder and editor for Ministry of Whimsy Press and is a regular contributor to Barnes & Noble Review, the Huffington Post, the New York Times Book Review, Omnivoracious, the Washington Post Book World, and Wired. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
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