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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Michael Chabon is back with a brand-new collection that reinvigorates the stay-up-all-night, edge-of-the seat, fingernail-biting, page-turning tradition of literary short stories, featuring Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Peter Straub, David Mitchell, Jonathan Lethem, Heidi Julavits, Roddy Doyle, and more!

Margaret Atwood — "Lusus Naturae"
David Mitchell — "What You Do Not Know You Want"
Jonathan Lethem — "Vivian Relf"
Ayelet Waldman — "Minnow"
Steve Erickson — "Zeroville"
Stephen King — "Lisey and the Madman"
Jason Roberts — "7C"
Heidi Julavits — "The Miniaturist"
Roddy Doyle — "The Child"
Daniel Handler — "Delmonico"
Charles D'Ambrosio — "The Scheme of Things"
Poppy Z. Brite — "The Devil of Delery Street"
China Miéville — "Reports of Certain Events in London"
Joyce Carol Oates — "The Fabled Lighthouse at Via del Mar"
Peter Straub — "Mr. Aickman's Air Rifle"

Review:

"With this varied collection of enchanting though not always astonishing tales, Chabon (who also edited McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales) aims for an anthology full of 'genre bending and stylistic play.' There's quite a lineup of writers taking a stab at 'genre' fiction here: many expected (Margaret Atwood, Stephen King), but a few surprises as well, and a newcomer or two. Atwood offers a fantastical tale of a human 'lusus naturae' (freak of nature) who suffers from a nameless disease that results in yellow eyes, red fingernails and fangs — how does such a creature fit into a family? Jonathan Lethem's charming 'Vivian Relf,' which concerns two strangers who seem familiar to each other and who continue to cross each others' paths, is a kind of love story, but there are also tales creepy (Jason Roberts's '7C') and strange (China Miéville's 'Reports of Certain Events in London'). Stephen King's 'Lisey and the Madman' is full of engaging detail and feeling. While a couple of stories fail to reach the high-water mark, this collection will offer readers plenty of pleasure and perhaps even a sense of doing good (an endnote says that 'this book benefits 826 Valencia,' the San Francisco writing lab founded by Dave Eggers and Co.). Agent, Mary Evans. (Nov. 9) Forecast: McSweeney's is making a name for itself as a sponsor of quirky anthologies, which should help sales of all its series." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[A] superb roster of talent....[A] first-rate collection. Thrills, chills, and otherworldly spectacles: a rare anthology that delivers on its superlatives — and then some." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[M]any of the tales included are neither particularly astonishing nor accomplished....What this book's best stories possess...is a sense of the abiding mystery that envelops us all — the vast, terrifying, liberating enigma of the universe itself." Charlotte Observer

Review:

"The stories are a bit uneven...but most will keep even the most discerning reader entertained....[T]his new anthology proves again that it is possible to find short works that are far from 'tedious.' It's just a shame that there aren't more of them." Rocky Mountain News

Synopsis:

A stellar group of contemporary fiction masters offer their original takes on the tried-and-true genres of adventure, science fiction, crime story, romance, horror, and more. Contributors include Michael Chabon, Roddy Doyle, Heidi Julavitz, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, China Miéville, Peter Straub, and Jonathan Lethem.

About the Author

Michael Chabon's works of fiction include The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, Werewolves in Their Youth, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, and Playboy and in a number of anthologies, among them Prize Stories 1999: The O. Henry Awards. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Ayelet Waldman, also a novelist, and their children.

Table of Contents

"Lusus Naturae" by Margaret Atwood

"What You Do Not Know You Want" by David Mitchell

"Vivian Relf" by Jonathan Lethem

"Minnow" by Ayelet Waldman

"Zeroville" by Steve Erickson

"Lisey and the Madman" by Stephen King

"7C" by Jason Roberts

"The Miniaturist" by Heidi Julavits

"The Child" by Roddy Doyle

"Delmonico" by Daniel Handler

"The Scheme of Things" by Charles D'Ambrosio

"The Devil of Delery Street" by Poppy Z. Brite

"Reports of Certain Events in London" by China Miéville

"The Fabled Light-House at Viña Del Mar" by Joyce Carol Oates

"Mr. Aickman's Air Rifle" by Peter Straub

About the Contributors

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400078745
Editor:
Chabon, Michael
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Editor:
Chabon, Michael
Author:
Michael Chabon, Editor Illustrations by Mike Mignola
Author:
Chabon, Michael
Subject:
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
November 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x .73 in .75 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With this varied collection of enchanting though not always astonishing tales, Chabon (who also edited McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales) aims for an anthology full of 'genre bending and stylistic play.' There's quite a lineup of writers taking a stab at 'genre' fiction here: many expected (Margaret Atwood, Stephen King), but a few surprises as well, and a newcomer or two. Atwood offers a fantastical tale of a human 'lusus naturae' (freak of nature) who suffers from a nameless disease that results in yellow eyes, red fingernails and fangs — how does such a creature fit into a family? Jonathan Lethem's charming 'Vivian Relf,' which concerns two strangers who seem familiar to each other and who continue to cross each others' paths, is a kind of love story, but there are also tales creepy (Jason Roberts's '7C') and strange (China Miéville's 'Reports of Certain Events in London'). Stephen King's 'Lisey and the Madman' is full of engaging detail and feeling. While a couple of stories fail to reach the high-water mark, this collection will offer readers plenty of pleasure and perhaps even a sense of doing good (an endnote says that 'this book benefits 826 Valencia,' the San Francisco writing lab founded by Dave Eggers and Co.). Agent, Mary Evans. (Nov. 9) Forecast: McSweeney's is making a name for itself as a sponsor of quirky anthologies, which should help sales of all its series." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] superb roster of talent....[A] first-rate collection. Thrills, chills, and otherworldly spectacles: a rare anthology that delivers on its superlatives — and then some."
"Review" by , "[M]any of the tales included are neither particularly astonishing nor accomplished....What this book's best stories possess...is a sense of the abiding mystery that envelops us all — the vast, terrifying, liberating enigma of the universe itself."
"Review" by , "The stories are a bit uneven...but most will keep even the most discerning reader entertained....[T]his new anthology proves again that it is possible to find short works that are far from 'tedious.' It's just a shame that there aren't more of them."
"Synopsis" by , A stellar group of contemporary fiction masters offer their original takes on the tried-and-true genres of adventure, science fiction, crime story, romance, horror, and more. Contributors include Michael Chabon, Roddy Doyle, Heidi Julavitz, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, China Miéville, Peter Straub, and Jonathan Lethem.
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