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Mama's Boy and Other Dark Tales Paperback – June 27, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Apex Publications (June 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981639089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981639086
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,585,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She is so charming and beautiful and kind.
Funky Werepig
The book is composed of two novellas (including the title story), a group of short stories, flash and micro pieces; and a single poem.
C. Michael Cook
I very much enjoyed it and will look for more stuff by Fran Friel in the future.
J. Meaders

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Michael Cook on August 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Fran Friel is a writer who's not only in touch with her own vivid imagination, but has learned how to harness it, allow it to run free, and isn't afraid to go where it wants to take her. In a genre that too often relies on the tried-and-true, that's saying a lot, and it sets her apart.

The book is composed of two novellas (including the title story), a group of short stories, flash and micro pieces; and a single poem. Friel's shorter work is both sensitive and powerful, and many of them are eye-openers in terms of proving just how much a limited number of words can accomplish. "Orange and Golden" -- a Katrina-inspired tale of a survivor and a dog -- is especially upsetting and well-done. (And upsetting has become, for me, the gold standard of dark fiction, since so little of it actually scares me any more.) "Close Shave" was another piece that, brief as it is at just 58 words, packs a visceral punch and central image that is still surfacing in my imagination several days later. "Beach of Dreams," with its glorious and hallucinatory opening of monsters washed up on the beach of a South Pacific island, was another favorite and made for a strong introduction to the collection. And "The Sea Orphan" is a well-researched tale that did what I wouldn't have thought possible after that series of disappointing Disney movies -- made me interested in pirates.

Of course, "Mama's Boy" is at the collection's heart, even though it appears at the end. The story was a 2006 Bram Stoker finalist, and I finished it awed by Friel's courage as a writer. The story's subject matter of mother/son incest is nothing less than explosive. Friel tackles the topic with a difficult mix of sensitivity and frankness, with keen observations and often fearless language.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Meaders on March 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Fran Friel is a new-to-me author and one for me to look for in the future. I really liked her story collection filled with dark tales set both in hard reality and soft fantasy. Several of the stories based around a mother's love for her son and keeping him safe, helping him grow up and/or teaching him stretch the concept of "mother," "love" and "son." The relationship, however it is created, is paramount and powerful, lending a sense of emotional density that touches the reader. This collection of short stories runs the emotional gamut from touching and sweet to cruel, sadistic and horrific. There are moments of hilarity that made me ashamed for laughing because what I had just read wasn't funny - but it was. I very much enjoyed it and will look for more stuff by Fran Friel in the future. I highly recommend Mama's Boy for anyone who likes dark, twisted tales.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michele Lee on November 11, 2008
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Mama's Boy is a solid debut from a great new voice in dark genre fiction. The stories vary from a pirate adventure to a single, startling paragraph, showing a variety of possibilities for the reader and the versatility of the author. If you're looking for something new to read and you love darker, skewed tales this is a great place to start.
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