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Dogs of Truth: New and Uncollected Storiesby Kit Reed
Synopses & Reviews
The Dogs of Truth contains 17 new or previously uncollected short stories. Included are "High Rise High," about a student revolt at the ultimate "secure" high school; "Focus Group," where a star-struck fan dictates the fate of soap opera characters through a biochip implant; "Escape from Shark Island," which looks at an extreme version of today's trendy "family bed;" and "Precautions," where germ-phobia reigns supreme.
The new stories tell of the "Grand Opening" of the world's largest mega-mall, study the relationship of a writer and his muse in "Getting It Back," and, in "The Shop of Little Horrors," take a dark look at the child-free lifestyle.
"Reed (Thinner Than Thou) transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary in this impressive story collection. A nonagenarian Salman Rushdie finally meets his fatwah in 'Grand Opening.' A determined fan and a little technology control megahit television in 'Focus Group.' Teenagers in super-secure 'High Rise High' rebel and run amok without bothering parents. Toddlers ('Playmate') and infants ('The Shop of Little Horrors') are threats to sanity, while old age ('Old Soldier') is insanity itself. Life ('Incursions') crumbles before we notice, and even if we mastermind our escapes, as in 'Into the Jungle' and 'No Two Alike,' things never go anything at all as expected. Even 'The Zombie Prince' isn't what one anticipates. As 'Captive Kong' reminds us: 'Because things like disease and Armageddon happen to other people, never to us because we are special, what really happens always comes as a surprise.' No matter how absurd, these horror stories still sting with truth and ring with humor, often ending with an odd happiness. Agent, Andrew Blauner at Blauner Books Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Kit Reed has received two Guggenheim fellowships and an Aspen Institute Rockefeller Fellowship. She has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award; two of her works have been finalists for the James W. Tiptree Award. Kit Reed lives in Middletown, CT and teaches at Wesleyan University.
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