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As the blurb above says, most of the stories are puzzlingnot necessarily bad because when you figure it out you feel pretty smart And if you don t figure it out, well, humph Maybe you re not supposed to figure out everything in life There has to be some mystery somewhere view spoiler For example, in the last story, Game Night at the Fox and Goosewell, the woman who changes to a man does he take her to another universe And not return her Is it worse What happens A great article As the blurb above says, most of the stories are puzzlingnot necessarily bad because when you figure it out you feel pretty smart And if you don t figure it out, well, humph Maybe you re not supposed to figure out everything in life There has to be some mystery somewhere view spoiler For example, in the last story, Game Night at the Fox and Goosewell, the woman who changes to a man does he take her to another universe And not return her Is it worse What happens A great article on this short story is at hide spoiler That one I didn t get But the one, Elizabeth Complex, I caught the three Elizabeths and perhaps thought she was referencingand I enjoyed that one I thought I had read something of hers before, but no She has the perfect writer s name It seems published I won the book through Goodreads and was a Goodreads First Reads winner I found the book very confusing It was all over the place and was hard to focus on For some people this might be the book for them, but I have no patience to try to figure out what is happening I think it has creative ideas and great potential but it is not the book for me. I have learned to distrust words, even my own This collection of short stories is nothing if not odd Some of the stories I really enjoyed, some not so much Black Glass, the first story in the book, falls into the first category It is strange, disjointed, and wonderfully creepy.There are no realities There are too many realities Time is meaningless Contradictions are the norm Sometimes this worked, sometimes it just felt as though the author couldn t decide which storyline she wanted t I have learned to distrust words, even my own This collection of short stories is nothing if not odd Some of the stories I really enjoyed, some not so much Black Glass, the first story in the book, falls into the first category It is strange, disjointed, and wonderfully creepy.There are no realities There are too many realities Time is meaningless Contradictions are the norm Sometimes this worked, sometimes it just felt as though the author couldn t decide which storyline she wanted to follow And there were the ones that had me mentally scratching my head huh What does this mean Shimabara was one of those It felt like reading fiction after partaking of too much recreational drugs of the LSD bent Letters from Home was pretty straightforward, and touching too I loved The Faithful Companion at Forty and liked the odd Duplicity In the last story, Game Night at the Fox and Goose, a character says, I could take you there The universe right next door Practically walking distance I feel like I have been to the universe next door and back again.I was given an advance reader s copy of this book for review Not recommended While a few of the short stories boast novel premises novel here meaning a welcome unfamiliarity most are bizarre without merit, and while they could have been redeemed through a controlled lyricism or a focused narrative with clear momentum or preferably both they fail to be Few display any sort of narrative movement nor reach any conclusion, which, when combined with Karen Joy Fowler s rather staid prose style, begs the question from the reader of what their attentions Not recommended While a few of the short stories boast novel premises novel here meaning a welcome unfamiliarity most are bizarre without merit, and while they could have been redeemed through a controlled lyricism or a focused narrative with clear momentum or preferably both they fail to be Few display any sort of narrative movement nor reach any conclusion, which, when combined with Karen Joy Fowler s rather staid prose style, begs the question from the reader of what their attentions are being spent on The result is a collection uniformly incoherent and usually dull, precisely what the art of the short story should not be For someone who doesn t really like short stories, I sure have been reading a lot of them recently I think if short stories areyour thing, this book would be a 5 star for sure They re well written and engaging, without being too full of themselves. A simply wonderful collection of short stories Each story is so well written that it s a joy to read, from Tonto, the faithful companion, who receives no acknowledgement of his 40th birthday to Carrie Nation who is preaching the virtues of clean living and trying to do away with topless bars and booze Every story is strong with quite a punch in a small package I almost gave this 4 stars because a few of the stories weren t so strong But is every novel I give 5 stars to perfect from beginning to end Certainly not I think the strong stories will stay with me for long time, and they are enough to make this collection excellent. Black glass a DEA agent in Panama pockets an obsidian toad from a collection and changes his world, for the worse Carry Nation come to life.Shimabara Is the Bible the result of the game of telephone Another version of Christianity or Kirishitan.Go back Fowler was born in Bloomington, Illinois she often writes stories that start out the same as her life, but differ in some way In this story, her father goes fishing on the Wabash, with a sad loss instead of a catch.The Travails Gulliver Black glass a DEA agent in Panama pockets an obsidian toad from a collection and changes his world, for the worse Carry Nation come to life.Shimabara Is the Bible the result of the game of telephone Another version of Christianity or Kirishitan.Go back Fowler was born in Bloomington, Illinois she often writes stories that start out the same as her life, but differ in some way In this story, her father goes fishing on the Wabash, with a sad loss instead of a catch.The Travails Gulliver s wife complains in letters of his absence, but when their daughter marries a wife beater, she changes her tune.Lieserl Einstein and his girlfriend from the physics academy conceive a daughter but Einstein is not there when she is born in Hungary he is in Switzerland The letters come as she grows up, but he never makes it home to see her.Letters from home a young woman s boyfriend is drafted for the Vietnam war, and she writes many letters to him, talking about the efforts the undergrads at Berkeley are making to protest My own father would quit his job if the electronics company he worked for took a government contract, moving us from place to place, wherever he could get a six month contract a family of 9 Duplicity a frustrating story s keep two women on a cartography expedition in a Brazilian jungle as prisoners Alice they take out of the tent everyday, and she is slowly dying We don t get to know what they do to Alice Tilly is left, meanwhile, in the tent and gets extra food The Brew horn saves the life of a boy.Lily Red a woman drives past her exit for work on the freeway and ends up in a small town, spending a few days where an immortal Indian seduces her in a cave The view from Venus a Case Study pretty funny story about Venusians in a Comparative Romance Female Viewpoint college course where they are studying a woman and a man in Berkeley in 1969 They come to the conclusion that a romance is a triangle a man, a woman, and the woman s body Pretty accurate.Game Night at the Fox and Goose a man impregnates a woman and leaves her She is in a bar trying to drown her sorrow when she meets someone from another universe, where men don t get to lie to women or watch football {E-pub} Â Black Glass: Short Fictions ⚾ A collection of short stories from the New York Times bestselling author of the Man Booker shortlisted, PEN Faulkner Award winning novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves InKaren Joy Fowler won the World Fantasy Award for Black Glass, a collection of thirteen stories in which she Managed to re create both life s extraordinary and its ordinary magic New York Times Book Review Now, this previously rare, out of print collection is being republished with a fresh package and a new prefatory meditation by the author Featuring Fowler s characteristic imagination, sly wit, and penetrating insight, Black Glass will be a welcome treat for fans new and old Tiptree shortlist 1998 I enjoyed the first story, but all the others were either just ok or dull and all fizzled out I didn t bother finishing.Black glass a DEA agent accidentally summons the spirit of Carry Nation to help in the war on drugs Unfortunately she s a bit too zealous in her work Enjoyable, but sort of fizzled out at the end.Contention well written but dullShimabara well written but dullThe Elizabeth complex Elizabeths through the ages quite good.Go back dullThe tr Tiptree shortlist 1998 I enjoyed the first story, but all the others were either just ok or dull and all fizzled out I didn t bother finishing.Black glass a DEA agent accidentally summons the spirit of Carry Nation to help in the war on drugs Unfortunately she s a bit too zealous in her work Enjoyable, but sort of fizzled out at the end.Contention well written but dullShimabara well written but dullThe Elizabeth complex Elizabeths through the ages quite good.Go back dullThe travails dullLieserl dullLetters from home very dullDuplicity okThe faithful companion at forty okThe brew okLily red didn t readThe black fairy s curse The view from Venus A case study didn t readGame night at the fox and goose didn t read