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Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day Paperback – Deckle Edge, July 26, 2011
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"Strange, gorgeous fables - the reader isn't sure if she has dreamed them or read them." -Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Review of Books
"These stories are full of wit, humor, and heart, at times koan-like in their deceptive simplicity and focus." -Michael Patrick Brady, Boston Globe
"...lonely, haunting, and dreamlike..." -Gary K. Wolfe, Locus Magazine
"Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day might be the best collection of wonder and amazement I have ever read." -Michael Jones, Blogcritics.org
"...loopy yet lovely..." -Elle Magazine
"...immensely entertaining..." -The AV Club
"One of a kind: a thoroughly entertaining antidote to rigid thinking and excessive seriousness." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day is pure distillate of story, boiled down to the essential words that unfurl inside and take up residence, and the disarming restraint of their sinewy form only serves to bring me in closer so that I'm collected inside them, as they are inside this book, as they collect inside my memory, as they make laugh (oh so hard), cower (equally hard), and smile (hardest there is). They make me feel, for those moments when I am in them, that I have a reprieve from this world, and have really lived these stories myself, that I was part of them and those sublimely surreal other worlds that we are still left to discover in this looryverse.
The most visceral moments in reading are the ones to wait for, so absorbing you can almost reach out and touch the taut atmosphere, and the tension of the tale resolves itself inside you. Ben's book is full of these moments, told with a direct simplicity and metre; his words wash over you, delightful and unexpected, like a convenient sprinkler on an unbearably hot day.Read more ›
There's a thin thread of similarity among all of the stories - there's something not right about them. Whatever it is, the ending will twist. The degree of that twist isn't always the same but they're strung together by a hint of the macabre in each. That I really did like. There wasn't a story in this anthology that I didn't like.
Kind of in that same vein they were so short that I think that was a big reason why I couldn't find one that I didn't like. All of them had enough to pull me in and hold on to me, with endings that were more often than not abrupt but still provided a punch. But at the same time they were so short that, for a lot of them I felt like I couldn't get too much out of them. There were some that did well as short stories, written succinctly and that the voice did it a service. One that really stands out in my head is with a little boy crawling through a water tunnel trying to find the end and getting stuck. The ending to that one is phenomenal.
But by the end of STORIES I was a little done with the writing. It's a very simple type of style that I think works really well in small doses and fit many of Loory's shorts but reading one after another in the same tone just got a little boring for me. While the subjects of the stories differed, the voice was the same in every single one of them. Aside from the short I mentioned above, not too many others really stood out to me because the voice blended them all together.Read more ›
When Ben Loory read a piece from the book in Denver, my girlfriend and I both cried. When Ben Loory sent me the manuscript for a blurb, I held it in my heart each night for a summer while my girlfriend was in Taiwan. Oh, to get through the day and have stories from this book awaiting you!
Here's the blurb I wrote:
"Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day is a book that comes alive when you read it. It will stand on its own, pet your hair while you sleep, and hold the umbrella over your head in the rain."
None of those claims are outrageous in the least.
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I was pleased to be introduced to Ben Loory's work through a friend of a friend. Flash fiction meets magical realism in these intricate slices of words.Published 4 months ago by K. Lowe
These stories are bare bones and completely effective. Reminiscent of old folk tales or a bar joke gone long and weird, these are stories that could be related, translated, and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matt Lewis
A few of the stories are creatively interesting, such as one about an octopus who moves to the land and gets an apartment, and a moose who meets a skydiver. Read morePublished 5 months ago by sonnetgirl7
It delivered faster than i expected. The content is good for my daughter to enjoy. When we got it we found there is some thing wrong with the book, it was a book with rough edges! Read morePublished 13 months ago by mingxiang
i love the weird and out there - this is definitely weird and out there - makes u think - hmmmm?Published 13 months ago by diane lipscomb