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From Publishers Weekly

DeNiro (Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead) has crafted the rare work whose setting is the realm of pure imagination. €œThe Flowering Ape€ takes us to the furthest reaches of €œwherespace,€ the stage for an emotionally poignant coming-of-age story of a young intersexed telepath. €œWalking Stick Fires€ returns to terrestrial for a tale of two buddies riding motorcycles across mean desert roads, two friends who happen to be two multi-eyed, and clawed alien friends who refuel their bikes at gas stations manned by the chained human slaves of a colonized Earth. Across these 11 stories and two prose poems, sprinkled with unrepentant weirdness, DeNiro creates emotionally compact tales suffused with humanity—even when the characters are not human. The stories are at their best when they fully embrace and inhabit their altered worlds. €œ(*_*?) ~~~~ (-_-): The Warp and the Woof€ is the standout in the collection, dedicated to the relationship between a writer and his agent in a dystopian publishing future, which seems fully felt and positively plausible. In contrast, €œA Rendition€—a story occurring in the present that details three college students' attempt at kidnaping a professor who helped draft the torture memos used in the War on Terror—feels heavy-handed and out of place. It's worthwhile to accompany DeNiro as he follows the unmarked paths of his stories wherever they lead. (Oct.)

From Booklist

With just one novel and one story collection under his belt, DeNiro has already garnered a reputation as a genre-bending experimental author with an indescribably quirky but captivating prose style. His latest compilation of offbeat tales and novelettes extends his range even further, including pieces that are either comically surreal or superficially conventional with eccentric little twists calculated to throw readers off guard. “Rendition,” for instance, begins as a straightforward narrative of college students kidnapping a professor whose most famous treatise justifies torture, then slides into moral ambiguity. Taking place in a drastically altered American landscape 25 years hence, “Highly Responsive to Prayers” features fundamentalist Christians who indoctrinate worshippers in supersize shopping malls. The title story describes the fate of an executed political dissident’s corpse as beetles and birds nest in its decaying organs and skeleton. While fans of avant-garde literature will consider DeNiro’s anthology a must-read, fans of speculative fiction who don’t mind a few contortionist tricks thrown into their favorite genre might also want to take a peek. --Carl Hays

More About the Author

I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and went to school at the College of Wooster and the University of Virginia. My short story collection, Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead, was published in 2006 by Small Beer Press. It was a finalist for the Crawford Award. My first novel, Total Oblivion, More or Less, is out in November from Spectra. In the starred review, Booklist said: "There aren't many writers who take weirdness as seriously as DeNiro does, and fewer still who can extract so much grounded emotion, gut-dropping humor, and rousing adventure from it. A dizzying display of often brilliant, always strange, and definitely unique storytelling." I live outside St. Paul with my wife Kristin, 2 dogs, and 3 cats. Feel free to say hello; my website is www.goblinmercantileexchange.com

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