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Beluthahatchie and Other Stories Hardcover – October 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Gryphon Press; 1st edition (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965590119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965590112
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,509,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beluthahatchie and Other Stories is kind of an eyebrow-raising collection: the author had seen barely more than nine stories in print at publication time, and he's got a gorgeous hardcover collection from a respected publisher, containing nine of those stories plus two previously unpublished. Andy Duncan had better be great.

Well, he is. He's better than many decades-established veterans, with a keen ear for dialogue, a Southerner's love of storytelling, a gift for characterization, a fascination with obscure history and folklore, and a wonderfully weird mind. He presents an ethics-obsessed secret brotherhood of hangmen and a peripatetic electric-chair operator in "The Executioner's Guild." He brings a certain notorious Paris theater to life with strange romance and artistic envy in "Grand Guignol." "The Premature Burials" finds a gothic erotic charge in being buried alive. "Liza and the Crazy Water Man" shows as much affection for Southern ways and the now-obscure world of 1930s country music as the Coen Brothers' movie O, Brother, Where Art Thou?. --Cynthia Ward

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"I suspect we'll be seeing a lot more from Andy Duncan in years to come." -- Michael M. Levy, The New York Review of Science Fiction

...Faulkner-tinged Southern Gothic short fiction has been gathered together in this altogether remarkable debut collection. -- LOCUS

Altogether remarkable . . . Beluthahatchie is as good a collection as you'll see all year. -- Jonathan Strahan, Locus magazine, July 2000

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patrick O'Leary on December 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Damn what a fine book. Amazing range and passion, wonderful writing. Weird and sad, surprising and wise. And very, very funny. Damn. Read one story and try to imagine the author. Read another and try again. Read a third and you will give up. Andy Duncan's got some serious stories to tell us. And we have such a good time listening to his remarkably convincing and varied voices we don't figure that out till later. A grand collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Byron Tetrick on December 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book just won the World Fantasy Award and for good reason! My favorite story is "Fortitude" an alternate history fantasy about George Patton, but every story is unique and remarkable. And if you buy this book, don't let it sit on your shelf unread. Read one story at random and you will fall in love with Duncan's writing style and will probably finish the entire book in one sitting (I know I did!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James A. Stevens on November 21, 2002
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Andy Duncan is a delight, a surprise, and an original. If you haven't yet sampled his work, in "Beluthahatchie and Other Stories" you've got the pleasure of discovering a huge new talent ahead of you. And if you're already familiar with his beautifully written and crafted stories, "Beluthahatchie and Other Stories" allows you to re-read, rediscover, and relish them as often as you wish -- and if you're like me, you'll find yourself dipping into this wonderful collection again and again.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gary S. Potter on October 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Andy Duncan is one of those rare and wonderful writers that only come along once in a great while, making an immediate impact with his adroit storytelling ability, while his stories defy category. Duncan has the electrifying intensity of Richard Powers, with a touch of Tennessee Williams, a smidgen of William Faulkner and Hemingway, and the sense of humor that blends Mark Twain and Kurt Vonnegut all into one. But despite this heady mix - Andy Duncan is a fresh and exciting and original voice; a voice you're going to be hearing a lot about and lot from. BELUTHAHATCHIE is just a sampling of things to come...much bigger and better things. A solid collection from a powerful young voice. Gary S. Potter Author/Poet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "aareader" on November 15, 2000
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I originally wrote a review of this book saying that it did not merit the praise others gave it, but I was wrong. I've since reread the book and now see that it's highly crafted, witty, and original. If you want to see fiction that's not like anything else you've ever read, buy this book and read Mr. Duncan's excellent stories. He's a writer to watch, and will surely go far, in the mainstream as well as in the SF world.
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