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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications (February 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892391422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892391421
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,150,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Spanning the past 20 years of Palwick's career, the eight previously published and three new stories in this outstanding collection (after her 2005 novel The Necessary Beggar) display the author's versatility. The fine title story about an IQ-enhanced mouse named Rodney recalls "Flowers for Algernon." "Gestella" centers on a woman werewolf whose accelerated aging complicates her doomed marriage to a self-obsessed professor. In "Jo's Hair," Palwick imagines remarkable alternate fates for Louisa May Alcott's little woman, Jo March, and her chopped and sold chestnut braid. The quintessential fairy tale "Stormdusk" depicts a child worried about her mother, a trapped snow maiden; the wise, whimsical concluding gem, "GI Jesus," addresses friendship and sacred smalltown "miracles." Palwick's genre-bending short fiction defies categorization and blends humor with pathos. (Mar.)
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From Booklist

Palwick's literary output until now has been limited to two critically acclaimed novels, the most recent of them the ghost story The Necessary Beggar (2005). This, her first story collection is a welcome addition to her oeuvre and a fitting introduction to her wide-ranging talent and vision. In the title story, an homage to Daniel Keyes' classic story "Flowers for Algernon,"^B an IQ-enhanced lab mouse awakens to the knowledge of his own impending demise. "Gestella" recounts the unsettling fate of a female werewolf who ages more rapidly than her increasingly less-interested human lover. In one of the volume's standouts, "GI Jesus," a small-town woman finds hope in the face of Jesus imprinted on an X-ray of her abdomen. All 11 pieces explore conundrums of human existence, from the perennial pursuit of utopia to the many faces of mortality. Embracing elements of both horror and speculative fiction, Palwick's unique and commanding fiction never fails to trigger an emotional response as it captures the imagination. Carl Hays
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There are eleven short stories here, and they're all gems.
Lauren James
It's a book of great stories that are short enough to keep your attention and compelling enough to keep you turning pages.
FrankRelax
The stories are beautifully crafted, with powerful characterization, and well realized ideas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Seth_Saoirse on February 10, 2007
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The first two stories in this collection, made me feel as though I had been pushed under by a large wave and no matter how much I'd want to breath, I could not. Perhaps a bit overblown, but the stories in this collection are nothing short of remarkable outstanding. From the titular The Fate of Mice and the poignant and heartbreaking Ginstella. Each story is a stand-out and examples of what fine short story writing truly is. I wonder why I had never heard of Susan Palwick before but I will certainly be looking to purchase more of her work in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FrankRelax on October 30, 2007
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I don't read a lot of fiction but this book was recommended to me by someone on the subway.

Best book I've read in a long time.

I love a well written, compelling story. This book delivers.

The stories are kinda sci-fi ish but grounded. It's about the characters and the author creates some compelling ones.

I had never heard of the author but she deserves praise. It's a book of great stories that are short enough to keep your attention and compelling enough to keep you turning pages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 18, 2007
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Susan Palwick has over twenty years of outstanding short stories to her name and THE FATE OF MICE gathers the best under one cover, including three original new pieces. These are stories of angst and adversity: from a businessman who is resurrected to play at politics to a dreaming mouse. Any collection strong in short stories will find THE FATE OF MICE uses many twists and turns of plot to provide vivid reading.

Diane C. Donovan

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