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From Publishers Weekly

The strange is matter-of-factly mundane in Canadian author and editor Lalumière's collection of 10 reprinted and two original stories of the surreal and fantastic. Deities and spiritual grace are both unfathomably alien and somehow less than you might expect when Lucifer makes a deal with the phone company (A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens) and likewise in the title story, where keeping your gods satisfied is like caring for extra-finicky but disturbingly powerful cats. Lalumière's love of comic book heroes informs the antics of Hochelaga and Sons, Spiderkid and Destroyer of Worlds, and the daily lives of zombies set the stage for the blackly comedic The Ethical Treatment of Meat and A Visit to the Optometrist. Even when the plots aren't quite enough to carry Lalumière's curious ideas, they're still intensely memorable. (Nov.)
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Claude Lalumiere's stories are dark, mordant, precisely formed. His first collection is extraordinarily accomplished in its craft and subversive intent. -----Lucius Shepard

Lalumiere's astounding imagination has birthed entire worlds for each story, and you never know just where his journeys will end. That aforementioned ice age wasteland is simply the stage for a young couple fleeing a cult; that werewolf also attacks an alien and morphs into a Lovecraftian creature(!); and when one of those zombies gets replacement human eyes, he/it discovers that they're possessed by a wizard trying to resurrect a dark god(!!). If you're hungry for original genre content, Objects of Worship is just the nectar you've been praying for. -----Dave Alexander, Rue Morgue

These stories are terrifically creepy. And not unlike Edgar Allan Poe or Potted Meat Product, they gave me the willies. -----Christopher Moore
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: ChiZine Publications; 1st edition (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098129782X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981297828
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,269,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Incredible little book! I read the whole thing in a day and keep returning to my favorite stories. Everything is so original and thought-provoking. It's delightful and horrifying at turns but you won't want to put it down. Lalumiere has a knack for knowing exactly what the reader both fears and wants more than anything.
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Like any collection of short stories, this is something of a mixed bag. It's at its best when it's seriously engaging with religious ideas -- by far the best story is "Hochelaga and Sons," a superhero tale that ponders the tension between purity and mercy in the Jewish tradition. The title story, which is something of an antitheist manifesto, is the second best, and is undeniably visceral and thought-provoking.

Less successful are the experiments in high fantasy, which (as is frequently the case in the genre) tend to get so hung up on their own mythologies that they nearly forget to include a human element at all. Far too often the characters serve the world-building, instead of the other way around.
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"Objects of Worship" is a great little book. The title story alone is worth the purchase. It's one of the creepiest short stories I've read in a while, and also quite thought-provoking. I've never read Lalumière before, but I thoroughly enjoyed him. His stories can be strange, his takes on things can be wacky, but his sense of humor is dark and excellent, and if nothing else, he is a man with some interesting ideas.

I give the book 4 stars, because the collection is a little uneven. Some of the stories are definitely a lot stronger than others, but to be honest, I found I did not totally mind. The Publisher's Weekly review is pretty spot on when they said, "Even when the plots aren't quite enough to carry Lalumière's curious ideas, they're still intensely memorable." So yes, sometimes I felt a like not everything in a story worked, but for some reason I was okay with that. I think that is to the author's credit. Even if I wasn't always right there with him, I was glad to be along for the ride.

Table of Contents

Introduction by James Morrow

The Object of Worship

The Ethical Treatment of Meat

Hochelaga and Sons

The Sea, at Bari

The Darkness at the Heart of the World

Spiderkid

Njàbò

A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens

A Visit to the Optometrist

Roman Predator's Chimeric Odyssey

Destroyer of Worlds

This Is the Ice Age

Afterword: Behind the Scenes with Claude Lalumière
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Fun quirky Not at all what I expected but delightful!

I really enjoyed these short stories, and will read them again. :)
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