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Inhuman Condition Paperback – September 10, 2010
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Kate Thornton has a brilliant mind! I love this book and I'm spreading the word...
Thornton often says her stories balance nature... when nature doesn't get it right. A few of the stories lurking in Inhuman Condition take a stab at making things right. A few are cautionary tales that make you want to grab your kid and maybe even your dog to protect them from things you only half dreamt were hiding out there beyond the safety of your front door.
Whether the story takes place on a remote moon base or in one of "the projects" on the wrong side of the tracks, Thornton knows how to drive a story to the brink and then take you happily, if not slightly terrified, over the edge.
Pop the popcorn and dig in. This is a great read.
"Human beings tend to fear the things they don't know, and that is often sensible, given the lurking dangers that confronted our distant ancestors. But sometimes we need to examine carefully the things we think we know: the pet shop owner in town, the teenage girl who lives next door, or the nice man who walks his dog each evening in our neighborhood. The stories in this collection will drive that point home, and perhaps give you reason to re-define the word "'inhuman.""
As well as define "human." With a subtitle of Tales of Mystery and Imagination these twenty-one tales set on earth and in space, frequently push at boundaries defining what it means to be human. Frequently the tales are a bit disturbing, not in terms of graphic depictions, but in the meaning of what has happened or will happen thanks to the final twist at the end illuminating the dark working of a character's twisted mind. In nature, the concept of "camouflage" keeps both the hunted and hunter alive in the constant struggle to eat or not to be eaten. That same concept, passed down in the hardwired code of humanity from our distant ancestors is alive and well in these times. Make no mistake--this book is about the hunters hiding in plain sight among us and the prey they seek for a variety of purposes.
The anchor story in the collection is the very good tale, "Nightwatch: Cardenio" (pages 83-154). Using characters and other story elements originally created by Jeff Williams and with his permission as noted, the tale takes the Nightwatch team deep into the Amazon.Read more ›
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I hadn't read a short story collection in years, but am so glad I dove into Kate Thornton's INHUMAN CONDITION. The writing is suave and deft and surprising, and Ms. Read morePublished on January 10, 2012 by jenny milchman
Kate Thornton is either very brilliant or very sick. smile. The truth is, she's a very careful observer of human nature-- with a keen imagination for what could be behind the... Read morePublished on March 29, 2011 by Donna
This is book of short stories about things most human beings seem to fear the most, the unknown, or things they don't understand, things that not are often logical. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by Lori Caswell/Dollycas
This is one of the best collections of contemporary short stories I have ever read.
I am a lover of short stories, and to find so many excellent and wide-ranging ones in one... Read more