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Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories Hardcover – Deckle Edge, February 12, 2008
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After reading the first 2 stories I logged onto Amazon and ordered everything by this author.
I suggest you buy this book. I feel certain that you won't be bored.
In my opinion, "Dangerous Laughter" contains a number of excellent stories that can support repeated readings. "Cat 'N Mouse," which stands quite apart from the rest of the stories--except in that it recounts the history of a consuming rivalry--is very amusing and fun.Read more ›
BUT: As a collection, DANGEROUS LAUGHTER just doesn't work. I think this points out the dangers in assembling short stories into book form. Many of the stories here would have been moderately interesting as individual pieces - the type of story that would have made you think for a moment and then move on. But as a whole they're pretty experimental, and reading one after another is a slog, mostly because the majority of them lack the two things that most readers expect to see in a piece of fiction: characters and plot.
The book starts off promisingly with "Cat 'n, Mouse," a brilliant piece of work in which Millhauser makes a short story out of a Tom & Jerry (or Itchy & Scratchy) cartoon. The writing here is a marvel, and the hijinks are intercut with anthropomorphic character analyses of the cat and the mouse. Fun, clever stuff.Read more ›
I didn't care for the rest of the stories in either the opening or the later parts of the book. They all seemed a bit belabored (like the exhausting "A Precursor of the Cinema") and while "Cat 'N Mouse" is executed very well, reading it gives one whiplash. It is not an experience worth repeating. This is definitely a collection worth checking out from a library rather than purchasing.
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