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Unpossible and Other Stories Paperback – November 1, 2011
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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."
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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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I really enjoy this authors sensibilities. He isn't afraid to mesh sci fi with fantasy and super heroes with real emotional implication. Read morePublished on May 2, 2014 by charles laubacher
This isn't a review of the book which so far is fantastic but rather an indictment of the ridiculous limitations placed on this edition. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Damian Penney
Each little vignette offers such distilled ideas that it leaves a thick residue in your memory. Great little nightcap book when you don't want to commit to a long narrative.Published on December 21, 2012 by Zachary Hunter
This masterful collection throws the hemispheres of your brain into conflict--you want to slow down to savor the artful language yet race ahead to gobble up the plot. Read morePublished on March 27, 2012 by Elisabeth Rose