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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Small Beer Press (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618730738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618730732
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Howard Waldrop: Howard Waldrop, born in Mississippi and now living in Austin, Texas, is an American iconoclast. His highly original books include Them Bones and A Dozen Tough Jobs, and the collections Howard Who?, All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past, Night of the Cooters, Other Worlds, Better Lives, and Things Will Never Be the Same. He won the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards for his novelette “The Ugly Chickens.”

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Howard Waldrop, born in Mississippi and now living in Austin, Texas, is an American iconoclast. His highly original books include Them Bones and A Dozen Tough Jobs, and the collections All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past, Night of the Cooters, and Going Home Again. He won the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards for his novelette "The Ugly Chickens." George R.R. Martin is the author of the bestselling Song of Ice and Fire series of novels. His fiction has won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy Award, Stoker, and Locus Awards. He worked on the TV shows The Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J Reston on October 27, 2013
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Howard Waldrop is some kind of wizard, a master at mining the past for story nuggets that he transmutes into storyteller's gold. "Horse of a Different Color" is a phrase referring to something different than what is originally expected, and that is an entirely appropriate description of what this book delivers. Waldrop's stories, though often brimming with wit and snappy dialogue, convey a subtle kind of wistfulness, a sense of dreams just out of reach, of things that were but are no more, of things that never were but should have been. This gives his stories an odd poignancy despite the seeming absurdity of some of his subject matter. Above all, the alternate worlds and secret histories depicted in his stories are more interesting places than the world we know. His latest collection displays a combination of unflagging imagination and writing skills that have only sharpened with time. He has truly mastered the art of concise story-telling, as several of these stories are epics in miniature that other writers might have developed into novels.

Some of my favorites include "The Wolf-man of Alcatraz," a compassionate look at 30 years in the life of a man imprisoned for murders committed while in his transformed state; The title story, in which a pair of obscure 1930s vaudevillians go on a quest for the holy grail (probably the weirdest grail-quest story ever written); "The King of Where-I-Go," about a brother and sister whose lives in the 1950s and 1960s are altered by polio, CIA psychic experiments, and time travel, in that order. "Avast, Abaft!," a literary mashup of Gilbert and Sullivan and J.M. Barrie, in which the Pirates of Penzance, while being pursued by the H.M.S.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris on December 31, 2013
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Howard's introduction to his latest collection was somewhat of a downer. You don't want to think the worst might occur, but who knows? It's such a long time waiting for anything from him. Still, I was glad to get this for my birthday and I read pretty much every story. There's no one else like him around and if you're picking this book up (or anything else from Waldrop) I advise you to savor it. Especially "The King of Where-I-Go, my favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Fabian Erdl on November 8, 2013
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Locus once declared him a national treasure. In my opinion he should be declared "world cultural heritage". The love and the care he puts into his short stories are remarkable. Other authors would write umpteen novels based on ideas he simply burns in just a few paragraphs. And it's a shame that he isn't as widely read or translated as he deserves. This new set of stories could and should replace tons of old paper that you find in bookstores nowadays, SFF or otherwise. Like the late Steven Utley he has all the skills and then some, knows all the ropes, and bends and tears them as soon as you feel safe. It's like magic. You got to watch him every minute!

Ah - and King of Where-I-Go is heartbreaking. Nobody does it better. Period.
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Howard Waldrop remains in fine form as a great practitioner of the lost art of the short story. Read this!
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