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(Starred Review) ... an engrossing collection of 15 tales of the ways individuals and society influence one another.  ... The tone shifts easily from fairy tale storytelling ("FishWish") to internal monologue ("The Escape Artist"). Though the universally strong stories have no explicit connection, they blend to suggest a world that is at once recognizable and distorted, providing a new, clear perspective on the forces shaping contemporary Western culture.--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Karen Heuler's stories have appeared in over sixty literary and speculative journals and anthologies, including several Best of collections. She s published a short-story collection and three novels, and won an O. Henry award in 1998.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: ChiZine Publications; UNABRIDGED VERSION edition (February 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1927469333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927469330
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,132,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For a second while I was enjoying The Inner City, I traveled back in time 15 years and I found myself reading the Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. I remember wanting to see or draw a connection between all the stories, the same hero, the same villains, after many years I understood I was wrong in expecting such a thing and that it drew me away from enjoying fully the whole experience.

With the Inner City I remember vividly not caring if there was a connection. Each and every story is so magnificently told that reading through it feels like a vacation. Every story leaves me with deep thought, I can't just start the next right away, I have to dissect the chapter I just read, savor it while it is fresh in my memory, and retell it, relive it, and reshape it somehow.

It is a wonderful book, full of entrancing settings.
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5 stars rating - this book is made up of short stories all of which make one think. I found the book to be eclectic, unique, and truly enjoyed reading it. I normally don't read sci fi type books but I was able to read this book one story at a time which fit with my schedule. I recommend this book highly. It is different than what most of us ready every day. I am sure you will like it.
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This is a plain-text version of the review. To see formatting and links, please visit my blog, Now is Gone (a link is in my profile) and view the complete review there.

Book Info: Genre: Dark fiction/short stories, anthology
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of the strange, the dark, the macabre, the beautiful

My Thoughts: Usually when I review anthologies I'll put up a list of stories in the books and try to give a bit of info about them, but this particular anthology is all by the same author, so I'll just address the writing. Which is brilliant and creepy. Each of the stories is a brilliant gem, and each has a wonderfully strange or macabre or surprising ending. For those who enjoy the strange, the dark, the weirdly beautiful, these stories are definitely for you. Check this great little anthology out right away.

For more information about this book, please follow this link to see John Scalzi's Big Idea post about this book, which is very good. To purchase the book directly from ChiZine, you can click here (where formatting allowed) or on the cover image.

Disclosure: I received an ARC from ChiZine Publications in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I also was part of the cover reveal, and that post can be seen here (linked where formatting allowed).

Synopsis: Heuler's stories dart out at what the world is doing and centre on how the individual copes with it.
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