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Very rarely do I find a short story collection in which I like every story, but this is one such collection.
The result is both engaging and thought provoking, and beautifully rendered in language that is spare, precise, and evocative.
It's too bad, because most of these ideas would make very good stories if the people inhabiting them had some juice.
Let me start by noting that I've read another of Millhauser's volumes, "The Knife Thrower", and that I was very intrigued by it.
However.... Read more
Steven millhouser uses short, plain, unemotional sentences to make the reality of his characters more immediate to the reader in "Dangerous Laughter". Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lori Parker
DANGEROUS LAUGHTER is a collection of 13 short stories from author Steven Millhauser, best known for his award-winning novel MARTIN DRESSLER. Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by Stacy Helton
Like in all short story collections, some are better than the others. Where Millhauser is good, he is very good. The middle part of this work -- on vanishing -- was my favorite. Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by J. Smallridge
I thoroughly loved Millhauser's 1990 short story, "The Barnum Museum", full of understated sparkle and wonder. Therefore I really hate to say it... Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by laurenpie
I loved these stories. They are surrealistic fables, somewhat in the spirit of Borges but with greater narrative drive and a pervasive sense of foreboding. Read morePublished on June 2, 2011 by S. Clayman
These short stories are captivating and fantastic. They compel the reader to consider the the relationship between absurdity and reality. Great food for thought.Published on January 21, 2010 by Mark Trial
Millhauser's short stories transform what start out as thought experiments into dream states where the ordinary world is entirely present and yet utterly destabilized. Read morePublished on October 18, 2009 by Richard Roth
I was looking forward to reading this book, and in fact waited quite a while for a copy from the library. However, I was sadly disappointed. The stories are basically the same. Read morePublished on July 19, 2009 by malibu reader