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Museum of the Weird Paperback – September 7, 2010
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“Amelia Gray’s Museum of the Weirdis a cabinet of curiosities—a talking armadillo, a serial killer named God, a woman who amputates her toes for dinner, a man married to a paring knife—this collection of stories is so good and funny and wondrous that I couldn’t look away from her dark and curious imagination.”
—Michael Kimball, author ofDear Everybody
“To say Amelia Gray belongs in the hilariously inventive hallows of Ann Quin and Rikki Ducornet would be to miss her light. This book is gleaming evidence of the author as a trophy case unto herself, wrought of magic equally surprising, wicked, giddy, and loaded with a megaton of Boom.”
—Blake Butler, author of Scorch Atlasand Ever
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I will be checking out her AM/PM book next and hopefully it's just as good and interesting. It's hard to find a book that will keep your interest and make an impression on your imagination, but this is one of those. Five stars for sure.
The great thing about this work is the quality, as a majority of the stories, each contained within just a few pages, can easily be novellas or even larger works in scope. And while the sentiment typically flows from the wellspring of psychological insecurity of her characters, Gray's talent shines from the reserved awkwardness in their behavior. A waiter serves an entrée of hair but it's a matter of for whom, not if it's eaten; the work required to maintain a modern snake farm of the highest professionalism; the un-reciprocated dedication to a bag of frozen tilapia or a paring knife; or even the uneasy barroom conversation between a penguin and armadillo. Gray makes it work, no matter how strange the situation and delivers feeling, regardless of how absurd, creepily gothic or awkwardly sweet.
The downside to the work is that it's too bloody short. There's a great spectrum of stories to sample, but they're over too quickly. Throw in a couple of Gray's intriguing writing exercises to fatten it out a bit and the reader will soon enough finish the book, noting not only the thoroughness of her weirdview but perhaps a hunger for something more. Museum of the Weird is a freakishly well-written book, ideal for those geared for a reread in order to fully savor.
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If you love weird, wild writing, that's also short and often shocking. Read this selection of short-short fictions.Published 3 months ago by EM
This book is quirky, and it rarely makes sense. But that's really the point. The stories generally are about 2 pages in length, and are linked by their general weirdness. Read morePublished 11 months ago by RDart