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These are some of the strangest short stories I have ever read and some of the best Women in desperation doing outlandish and sometimes dangerous things to be better at their craft or to fit in with society s expectations It is amazing how quickly the strange becomes normal and is just excepted and many times followed Wonderfully different and stories I will not soon forget. NETGALLEY GIVE AWAY First, what a freaking amazing cover I can t decide if I would associate these gems with Salvador Dal or Degas They demonstrate a writer skilled in the style of surrealism, but they capture the human sorrows in shades of obscure moments that take time to comprehend, but eventually raise the most human of emotions sadness.Each have elements of the ghastly, the dark and the whimsical The stories are dreamlike in a distant elusive way You can clearly identify with the larg NETGALLEY GIVE AWAY First, what a freaking amazing cover I can t decide if I would associate these gems with Salvador Dal or Degas They demonstrate a writer skilled in the style of surrealism, but they capture the human sorrows in shades of obscure moments that take time to comprehend, but eventually raise the most human of emotions sadness.Each have elements of the ghastly, the dark and the whimsical The stories are dreamlike in a distant elusive way You can clearly identify with the larger themes of lost and sorrow, but it takes a careful mind and patience to notice the depth of each the shrouded complexities that lay hidden In fact the little delicate whispers hidden under a ridged exterior hit you harder than the overall subject matter Pay close attention subject matter is sweeping, but anchored in a common over arching theme.A story about divorce that was crowded with the vulgarity of defense mechanisms that one only reserves for the most life shattering crises, is shattered and pierced to reveal the remanence of love Another about the disappointments that lie beneath eager attempt to conform, and the outcome you surely perceived would happen, but pushed from your mind Six Sisters I read you first in bed I pushed the covers close to my chin and cringed You felt real I could reach out and touch your meaning You ached and I ached I read you again over coffee My heart raced along with your deeply shocking self awareness I read you a final time now, even when I finished the book I ate New York Super Fudge Crunch Comfort food didn t help I tossed back the feeling to throwing up I clutched my fork ran out of spoons I am lazy this Thursday, don t judge I have never, in my entire life read something that made me feel so real, so honestly exposed to the world The panic of motherhood that is most likely universal, but feeling so unique to each person, slammed against my ribcage and tunneled into my bone marrow Have you seen Whoopi Goldberg perform Surfer Girl This must have been the feeling Picasso felt when in the midst of his Blue Period Maybe you can, but I can not vocalize the white bareness I felt when reading Six Sisters Beanstock breathed the warmth of love from its lines and paragraphs, rejected the of notion of standardized beauty there is something bigger here, but I can t isolate it , and cuddled against me like a down comforter There is an air of letting go of being one with change and growing with life, but it s small, and perhaps representing my own distortions I don t care if I am mistaken, because I really needed a shallow hole to comfort myself against the full on assault of emotions that permeate my skin Quiet Camp is another one that I surely misinterpreted I felt that it was about conforming to the standards of a male dominant world Of sheltering one s own feelings and fervor for life, and attaching to a system of dulled conventionality.The other works in Lungs Full of Noise illustrate an author wildly deft at her craft, but Beanstock and Quiet Camp really explode with a loud roar The ability to write such complex short stories, and present them in a manner that that engaged a reader at an individual level is remarkable The story So Much Rain took me off guard It most likely deserves a mind that can relate to it hold it tight in bare hands I am not this person, and as a result I felt lost within its words I quickly read this piece, and felt afterwards that it wasan example of teasing out a shapeless unrefined style I equated itto an experiment, rather than having a focus on meaning making and the exploration of human experiences as was represented in the rest of the book It contrasted too greatly against the backdrop of the brisk acidity, texture, depth and courage of the other pieces It felt immature, priding itself on its originality, rather than its substance Its notes remained flat, and unbalanced Landscapes in White was a pretty piece It demonstrated a well developed writer, but the style wasn t crisp and little complexity was noted It echoed Queer in style, but I don t think this was intentional I think the author got caught up in the tendrils of lusting for variation, rather than conforming, or rather aligning with the drama both overt and subtle of her other works It was lukewarm and lighter than the rest, with stronger,forced prose The light notes of the other works birthed a unique contrast compared to Landscapes in White This piece illustrated the way the other stories finished strong and powerful without using thicker,dramatic language there are others like So Much Rain and Landscapes in White , but I feel strongly to restrain the urge to explore them My experience in reviewing short stories is to examine them side by side to tease them out and apply my subjective understanding This collection is for the casual sipper those able to savor It would be a mistake for me to trespass on that experience Originally posted on my blog, A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall Lungs Full of Noise begins with Mariposa Girls, a short story about figure skaters who go to lengthsandbizarre in order to be the absolute best I was instantly reminded of the quirky, outlandish fables in Aimee Bender s The Color Master, so my first reaction was one of pure glee That feeling never waned.Although I was reminded of the thrill I get from reading Aimee Bender, Tessa Mellas has a unique and distinct voice th Originally posted on my blog, A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall Lungs Full of Noise begins with Mariposa Girls, a short story about figure skaters who go to lengthsandbizarre in order to be the absolute best I was instantly reminded of the quirky, outlandish fables in Aimee Bender s The Color Master, so my first reaction was one of pure glee That feeling never waned.Although I was reminded of the thrill I get from reading Aimee Bender, Tessa Mellas has a unique and distinct voice that is her own The twelve stories in this collection are diverse, incredibly creative and most peculiar, sometimes even Kafkaesque opal one, opal two was unlike anything I ve ever read Bibi from Jupiter was probably my favorite, about a college student whose roommate is an alien From Jupiter The planet, not Florida You d think she at least would have tried to fit in I think she liked being different may have been prompted by a green alien, but it reminds readers of attitudes that are all too familiar.Tessa Mellas won the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award with Lungs Full of Noise she s certainly one to keep an eye on I was completely enthralled by these stories, and can t wait to readfrom her I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I did not receive any other compensation for this review. I m pretty sure this book has one of the greatest covers ever It s so perfectly weird Whoever designed it is brilliant and needs to designbooks Lungs Full of Noise won the Iowa Short Fiction Award in 2013 I loved one of the other collections that won the Iowa Award, so I decided to give this one a try Judging by the synopsis, the stories sounded like my kind of bizarre Now that I ve read the book, I can confirm that it definitely is bizarre.Many of these stories focus on characters wh I m pretty sure this book has one of the greatest covers ever It s so perfectly weird Whoever designed it is brilliant and needs to designbooks Lungs Full of Noise won the Iowa Short Fiction Award in 2013 I loved one of the other collections that won the Iowa Award, so I decided to give this one a try Judging by the synopsis, the stories sounded like my kind of bizarre Now that I ve read the book, I can confirm that it definitely is bizarre.Many of these stories focus on characters who are trying to do what society expects from them Competitive figure skaters make painful alterations to their bodies so they can win competitions Little girls go to quiet camp and learn to be mute because children should be seen and not heard Freshman girls dye their skin peacock colors in the hope that senior boys will invite them to prom This collection makes readers question why people do the things they do The stories take society s norms and twist them into grotesque extremes Even though the plots are fantastical, the characters are relatable A lot of us have had moments where we think, What the heck am I doing This is stupid This book is made up of those moments.Like most collections, I didn t love every story I have to admit that I skimmed a few of them because they are too abstract for my tastes I lose patience with stories that are all pretty words and no action Once a piece of writing gets rambley, I m done.Still, most of the stories are well written and have surprising bursts of humor These are my favorites In Mariposa Girls, figure skaters discover that some skating maneuvers are easier if they screw the skate blades directly into their feet Soon, all the best skaters have blades on their feet To stand out from the crowd, some of the skaters becomeextreme They shave all the hair off their bodies Then they start skating naked Then they start painting their bodies When everybody is extreme, you have to be really extreme to get attention Bibi from Jupiter is about an alien who comes to Earth to study at an American university The boys in the dorm building quickly fall in lust with her exoticness The narrator of this story is an angry, judgmental bitch, which would usually be a turn off for me, but the story is so quirky that I was able to overlook it.The girls in Quiet Camp talk too much They wear muzzles so that they learn to keep their opinions to themselves, to not ask questions, to not complain when they re uncomfortable Good girls are quiet girls.My favorite story is Dye Job It reminds me of high school and the ridiculousness of teenagers A group of freshman girls are desperate to attend prom, but they re not allowed to go unless a junior or senior boy asks them To get the boys attention, the girls try a fad diet that turns their skin purple The boys definitely notice the purple skin, but as the girls squabble with each other over prom dates, they fail to notice that the boys have a competition of their own going on TL DR This isn t the best collection I ve ever read, and I skimmed some of the stories, but it did give me a lot to think about This is another fabulous short story collection that was difficult to put down For anyone who loves the macabre, like I do, the book s cover alone will make you pick it up and read the blurb Let me tell you, this was one crazy ride I think my favorite story, though, was the very first one, in which figure skaters nail their skates to their feet in an attempt at being something else, no longer women, but Mariposa Girls , or butterfly girls It s a visceral story that makes the reader feel a b This is another fabulous short story collection that was difficult to put down For anyone who loves the macabre, like I do, the book s cover alone will make you pick it up and read the blurb Let me tell you, this was one crazy ride I think my favorite story, though, was the very first one, in which figure skaters nail their skates to their feet in an attempt at being something else, no longer women, but Mariposa Girls , or butterfly girls It s a visceral story that makes the reader feel a bit ill as she reads Definitely one of thenuanced stories in the collection The writing is beautifully dark It s the kind of book that should be read at night, surrounded by silence, so that you can feel the isolation that some of these characters feel So that the world feels just as stark as the stories This is one I d definitely recommend to all lovers of literary fiction and to those who have a bit of a dark side in their reading habits Recently, while researching magical realism for a workshop proposal, I discovered a blog post by Rae Bryant at The T.J Eckleberg Review, in which Bryant responded to the disdain for fabulist prose that is held by some participants in creative writing workshops For staunch realism and prose traditionalists, Bryant wrote, magic realism might as well be poetry That statement struck me as funny as well as sad since I don t perceive poetry to be a lesser art form However, this blog post did le Recently, while researching magical realism for a workshop proposal, I discovered a blog post by Rae Bryant at The T.J Eckleberg Review, in which Bryant responded to the disdain for fabulist prose that is held by some participants in creative writing workshops For staunch realism and prose traditionalists, Bryant wrote, magic realism might as well be poetry That statement struck me as funny as well as sad since I don t perceive poetry to be a lesser art form However, this blog post did lead me to reflect on the attractions that magical realism and lyricism both hold for me Some language is truly inebriating.Indeed, a reader could get drunk off words while reading Tessa Mellas first collection of short stories, Lungs Full of Noise, soon to be released by the University of Iowa Press Although I was able to immerse myself in the voices of each story in Mellas collection, including those that werestylistically experimental such as Landscapes in White, So Much Rain, and opal one, opal two, I was most exhilarated by selections that startled me with their grotesque originality.In Mariposa Girls, for example, the dedicated female ice skaters shave their body hair, eschew clothing, and screw blades directly into their bare feet The damage caused by such devotion to sport art may seem fantastically extreme, but readers can t help but recognize the similarity between these featherless ice swans and young, female Olympians or ballerinas, who stunt their sexual development by eating littlethan pea pods while engaging in intensive training.The protagonist of the second story in Mellas volume, Bibi from Jupiter, is my favorite alien grotesque since Michel Faber s Under the Skin Bibi is not as dangerous as Faber s heroine, although human males are unable to resist the allure of her exotic nymphomania, despite her anatomical differences from human females Instead of a vagina, Bibi has a nickel sized funnel where a belly button would exist on a human being When Bibi is invited to celebrate Thanksgiving at her roommate s home on earth, she is stricken because, she says, the turkey reminds her of her mother 13 This story manages to be amusing as well as harrowing.Another one of my favorites, Beanstalk, reminded me of Jan Svankmajer s film Little Otik,which is based on an Eastern European fairy tale in which a barren woman mothers a tree stump that grows into a child with voracious appetite The green baby in Mellas story also appears to be associated with fairy tale as his mother names him Jack This newborn seems to be cast as a kind of fertility spirit with tendrils for hair,which grows faster than Rapunzel s Jack s growth rate may also remind some readers of the carnivorous plant, Seymour, in The Little Shop of Horrors, only Jack s appetite isn t quite so frightening Still, this infant does not need the Miracle Grow pellets that a nurse gives to his mother when they are released from hospital.I am grateful to Netgalley for providing the pre publication copy and I hope that I ll be able to introduce Lungs Full of Noise to future students in a class that explores varied incarnations of Magical Realism This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book Rated 4.75 of 5We know we shouldn t judge a book by a cover, but you can look at the cover of a book to get a general idea of what you might find inside, and Lungs Full of Noise here is a great example Looking at the cover as pictured above you might get the impression that the contents within will be a little bit different and highly imaginative, and perhaps a touch frightening And you would be right Tessa Mellas collection Lungs This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book Rated 4.75 of 5We know we shouldn t judge a book by a cover, but you can look at the cover of a book to get a general idea of what you might find inside, and Lungs Full of Noise here is a great example Looking at the cover as pictured above you might get the impression that the contents within will be a little bit different and highly imaginative, and perhaps a touch frightening And you would be right Tessa Mellas collection Lungs Full of Noise is everything I like in a collection of short stories While you can t really pigeon hole any of these stories some might try calling these stories speculative fiction ala Harlan Ellison or Thomas Disch there is something unexpected at every turn We start out with Mariposa Girls which seem like the perfect beginning The realism of the story sets a mood reminiscent of Margaret Atwood or even Anne Tyler but the story no the people in the story slowly descend in to a state obsession and competitive fortitude that they alter their bodies, beyond repair, to give them a competitive edge It s eerie It s a bit revolting And it s all too possible Bibi From Jupiter steps a little further into the science fiction realm, as Bibi is indeed from the planet Jupiter, now rooming in school with our narrator But what Mellas does as a writer, a very talented writer, is give us a sideways glance at our own society through these stories Bibi From Jupiter isn t so much about Bibi from Jupiter as it is about how we react poorly toward something that is at first different and then find a way to take advantage of that difference.All the stories herein take realism and skew it slightly, just enough to make us sit up and take notice A child with flowers growing from his head girls who over indulge in specific fruit eating in order to develop a color tint to their skin in order to get prop dates the sky becomes white and residents assume it s an anomaly, waiting for it to become blue again.In addition to telling strange stories, Tesse Mellas tells a story well Her prose is very poetic The ponds in the park untidy with chickadee bodies, breasts buoyant, claws branching up without leaves A gull bursts his larynx murdering sound.This is a sample of her lyrical prose.This is easily some of the best science fiction I ve read in a very long time Perhaps Mellas wouldn t appreciate her work being labelled science fiction but then neither does Harlan Ellison or Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and yet the three of them Ellison, Vonnegut, Mellas write some of the most powerful prose out there, which happens to have a science fiction bent to it.This collection includes Mariposa Girls Bibi From Jupiter Blue Sky White The White Wings of Moths Quiet Camp Beanstalk Landscapes in White So Much Rain Six Sisters Dye Job opal one, opal two So Many Wings It is highly recommended.Looking for a good book If you like short stories with some bite and that will take you beyond the edge of reality, then this collection is a must for you Keep an eye out for the name, Tessa Mellas, because her work is worth watching for &Free Epub ↵ Lungs Full of Noise ☠ This prize winning debut of twelve stories explores a femininity that is magical, raw, and grotesque Aghast at the failings of their bodies, this cast of misfit women and girls sets out to remedy the misdirection of their lives in bold and reckless ways Figure skaters screw skate blades into the bones of their feet to master elusive jumps A divorcee steals the severed arm of her ex to reclaim the fragments of a dissolved marriage Following the advice of a fashion magazine, teenaged girls binge on grapes to dye their skin purple and attract prom dates And a college freshman wages war on her roommate from Jupiter, who has inadvertently seduced all the boys in their dorm with her exotic hermaphroditic anatomyBut it isn t just the characters who are in crisis In Lungs Full of Noise, personal disasters mirror the dissolution of the natural world Written in lyrical prose with imagination and humor, Tessa Mellas s collection is an aviary of feathered stories that are rich, emotive, and imbued with the strength to suspend strange new worlds on delicate wings I greatly enjoyed this collection of short stories, from the obsessed figure skaters in Mariposa Girls to the alien roommate in Bibi from Jupiter to sad Mary Lou clinging to her dead ex husband s arm in So Many Wings, which was the last story in the book and my favorite The story opal one, opal two was so completely unique and different that I just had to marvel at its novelty, written like poetry with so many gorgeous lines like this one, a daughter made from velvet and glass and guil I greatly enjoyed this collection of short stories, from the obsessed figure skaters in Mariposa Girls to the alien roommate in Bibi from Jupiter to sad Mary Lou clinging to her dead ex husband s arm in So Many Wings, which was the last story in the book and my favorite The story opal one, opal two was so completely unique and different that I just had to marvel at its novelty, written like poetry with so many gorgeous lines like this one, a daughter made from velvet and glass and guilt So many beautiful sentences in this collection These stories are short, dark, and very much alive, told with the clear eyed, fearless view of a writer with startling observations to share This is an excellent, award winning collection of short stories, and I look forward to reading the next book by Tessa Mellas Lungs Full of Noise is a sharp collection of stories by award winning author Tessa Mellas The first two stories, Mariposa Girls and Bibi from Jupiter include elements of disfigurement, dangerous sex, and death Many of the subsequent stories feature these same disturbing themes, as well as elements of magical realism, which are deftly handled Many of the stories are told from a childlike perspective, which makes the violencedisturbing A standout for its strangely approachable weirdne Lungs Full of Noise is a sharp collection of stories by award winning author Tessa Mellas The first two stories, Mariposa Girls and Bibi from Jupiter include elements of disfigurement, dangerous sex, and death Many of the subsequent stories feature these same disturbing themes, as well as elements of magical realism, which are deftly handled Many of the stories are told from a childlike perspective, which makes the violencedisturbing A standout for its strangely approachable weirdness is Quiet Camp Many other reviews have mentioned Mellas skill with the grotesque I found herrealistic stories, like Dye Job equally compelling, if notso My favorite of the collection, Blue Sky White , left me wantingof that story