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A Publishers Weekly Top 5 SF / fantasy book of the year. A "knockout debut collection." publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2011/sf-fantasy-horror#book/book-4

Faren Miller, Locus Magazine: "With three outstanding novels and plenty of stories on his résumé, Daryl Gregory has found ways to explore the human mind and spirit - for good, bad, or any of the strange places between such absolutes - that seem very much his own in his first collection." tinyurl.com/7ynb7s3

Gary K. Wolfe, Locus Magazine: "...One of the most consistently interesting and yet least predictable writers of the last decade... Gregory can write so fluently and convincingly about relationships that he barely needs the machinery of the fantastic at all."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Fairwood Press, Inc (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933846305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933846309
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,231,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James W. Van Pelt on November 9, 2011
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In the spirit of complete disclosure, I know Daryl Gregory from seeing him at science fiction conventions, and I was asked to write a blurb for the book, which I gladly did. It's an amazing work.

I first read the opening story in this book, "Second Person, Present Tense," several years ago. I've been using it in my high school Science Fiction class as one or our texts since then. It's an honest, heart-rending look at the world from a teenager's point of view, and at the same time is a kick-ass exploration of how a future drug might effect how our brain works. In other words, the perfect science fiction. High school kids who don't like to read, like this story, and kids who didn't think they liked science fiction, like this story. That's quite a feat for an author to pull off that double whammy.

The rest of the stories are profound in their own ways. I particularly liked "Persistence" and "The Continuing Adventures of Rocket Boy."

Highly recommended. This is one of my favorite books of the year.
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This is a fantastic collection. Gregory has a natural ability to bring honesty and heart to fantasy stories, something difficult to pull off. Whether it's the racing of demon-powered cars, a superhero sidekick enacting his revenge, or a nostalgic trip back to a time of rocket building and Super 8 movie making, Gregory makes the stories about his characters, not the worlds they live in. Not a bad story in the bunch, but entirely worth buying just to read "Second Person, Present Tense." Oh, and come on, the guy ends one story with the word "unstubbable." How many times in your life are you going to see that? But this now.
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I was so excited after reading Devil's Alphabet and Pandemonium. This cover got me too.
I liked most of the stories, but I was looking for the weirdness I found in the above mentioned. Not that there was not enough weird to be found. I suppose I enjoy character development too much for short stories. So, I admit to it being my own failure and will go on reading everything else he's written because there is no one like him.
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I confess that I love Daryl Gregory's work, long and short. The stories in this collection are vaguely connected around themes ranging from superheroes to neurobiology, self centered-ness to wholly others, "shock and awe" to empathy. I could not point to a favorite, all are startling and original and a written in a voice that is both singular and multifaceted.
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One of my fave short story collections, from an author who masterfully weaves horror, fantasy, and science fiction, as well humor and tension. I think my absolute favorite piece in this collection is "Unpossible"; it has a weirdly wonderful, magical realist, dreamlike quality and is about adults trying to recapture the magic of their childhood, but treading in places they shouldn't. Horror fans will appreciate some of his other stories—you will squirm in your seat. And there's a funny superhero story that will have you shooting milk out of your nose. Get this book!
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Daryl Gregory is one of the best science fiction writers I've read. His story telling is brilliant and he sets forth challenging ideas about the fundamentals of everything – society, religion, politics, race relations, space, time, the destiny of man, our place in the universe, the list goes on and on. Several of the short stories in this book formed the basis for full blown novels, so if you're unsure about reading one of his novels, read this and you'll get an excellent sampling of his talent.
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Gregory's style is compelling. Each story seems to unfold with a cinematographer's "zoom-in-zoom-out" technique, which effectively captures the attention of the reader when he zooms back in. Some pieces feel inspired (but never imitative) by masters such as Bradbury, and others are strictly his own. However, what I find most fascinating is Gregory's delicate handling of theology and our own interaction, or lack thereof, with God and with ourselves.

And save the story notes for the end! It's far more fun to read the stories behind the stories and understand their chronology after you've read the entire collection.
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