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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HOUSEFIRE (July 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937395006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937395001
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,524,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Forrester on August 26, 2011
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Matthew Simmons speaks of God and carrion and walking and walking and it's beautiful. Kirsten Alene Pierce writes of bacteria and it's better than a sermon on Ash Wednesday reminding us all where we'll return. Colleen Elizabeth Rowley has a mighty soul. I want to see her on a stage with Scott McClanahan. Kevin Sampsell continues to write The Good News about Sexuality. The authors of this anthology are diverse and some of them are brilliant, some of them are shocking and some of them are wonderfully human. A few of them cuss a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mammajamma on September 27, 2011
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Ordered this book on a recommendation and was very pleased. Great to hear the voices of this generation. My favorite was "a Culture of Bacteria" by Kirsten Alene Pierce. Couldn't even finish "A Rumble of Rattlesnake" by Janey Smith. Order more than one and share it with a friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Gott on September 19, 2011
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Lovers of flash fiction will have much to rejoice for in "Nouns Of Assemblage." The scores of authors in this book manage to pack in a large amount of variety and surprises. Fans of the genre will have plenty of reasons to turn the pages.

People having little interaction with such works will find this to be a fair sampler of what to expect: an ideal crash course in flash fiction that will either endear you to the art indefinitely or forever repel you. If you're like me and looking to expand your horizons a bit, this also fits the bill.

I have a terrible bias against experimental narratives and stream-of-consciousness writing (which, I think, "Nouns" veers into every so often) but I still found several stories to be particularly entertaining; a few were very great; and, naturally, a few caused me grief. Still, in ANY anthology, those are pretty good marks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Storss on August 31, 2011
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I love how many of the newest small press writers are assembled in "Nouns of Assemblage." Housefire is a new press, but promises to be bangin' if they keep churning out stuff like this.
If you get the mezza platter when you go out to eat at the middle eastern joint, you should get this book. It's a sampling of 63 (63!) new and emergent writers writen to their assigned noun and its assemblage.
A skulk of foxes indeed.
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Housefire is in summation, a group predicated on the concept of creative writing exercises. With prompts designed to stretch a writers abilities, there is potential for growth but the lack of sincerity damages what could be interesting work.
In a way it is a literary "Five Obstructions", the famous film where Lars Von Trier puts "obstructions" on the director Jorgen Leth, in order to see how the work changes and thus the man himself. But where that film was ultimately a love letter from Lars to Jorgen, Nouns Of Assemblage is really a book of homework assignments.
The stories tend to err on the side of "weird" and "nihilistic". There are pieces of high-school-drudgery, nostalgic surrealism, attempts at metaphysical commentaries, and plenty of ironic prose poems fashioned into flash fiction.
This is not to say that this book is bad. It is plenty instructive as a writing experiment, a good work for other writers to gauge where their art falls in comparison, and there are a few truly exciting writers between the covers whose work is worth the seeking out.
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