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The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories [Read] ➫ The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories By Michael Andreasen – Thomashillier.co.uk Bewitching and playful, with its feet only slightly tethered to the world we know, The Sea Beast Takes a Lover explores hope, love, and loss across a series of surreal landscapes and wild metamorphose Bewitching and playful, with its feet only Beast Takes PDF/EPUB Ä slightly tethered to the world we know, The Sea Beast Takes a Lover explores hope, love, and loss across a series of surreal landscapes and wild metamorphoses Just because Jenny was born without a head doesn t mean she isn t still annoying to her older brother, and just because the Man of the Future s carefully planned extramarital affair ends in alien abduction and network fame doesn The Sea ePUB ½ t mean he can t still pine for his absent wife Romping through the fantastic with big hearted ease, these stories cut to the core of what it means to navigate family, faith, and longing, whether in the form of a lovesick kraken slowly dragging a ship of sailors into the sea, a small town euthanizing its grandfathers in a time honored ritual, or a third grade field trip learning that time travel is even wondrous Sea Beast Takes PDF É and perilous than they might imagineAndreasen s stories are simultaneously daring and deeply familiar, unfolding in wildly inventive worlds that convey our common yearning for connection and understanding With a captivating new voice from an incredible author, The Sea Beast Takes a Lover uses the supernatural and extraordinary to expose us at our most human.


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  1. ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ says:

    Our Fathers at Sea is a vicious atrocity Unchristian and plain scary It damaged for me the enjoyment of this book altogether Then, most of the other stories were barely comprehensible, so this might have been for the best At least the 1st story made me think on some difficult subjects.Our society tends to consist of individuals who are at their most vulnerable at the beginning and the end of our lifetimes The idea to protect each other at our weakest is not new It has been mulled over by Our Fathers at Sea is a vicious atrocity Unchristian and plain scary It damaged for me the enjoyment of this book altogether Then, most of the other stories were barely comprehensible, so this might have been for the best At least the 1st story made me think on some difficult subjects.Our society tends to consist of individuals who are at their most vulnerable at the beginning and the end of our lifetimes The idea to protect each other at our weakest is not new It has been mulled over by many and still hasn t been resolved satisfactorily Which is why we often hear of old people dying of neglect or alone or from easily preventable mishaps or illnesses We hear of it, we empathise and we do nothing Nothing worthy of mention, in most cases We are too busy or are not qualified or have other issues or whatever.This story managed to drag casually into discussion a dystopian solution of these issues we get a society where old people are thrown away like trash Even this process is called crating For one thing, I do realise the author probably thought it a good idea to make a poignant illustration of the fact that our society is sort of ill We try to do our best and still we often fail at it miserably We cannot develop a consistent view on euthanasia, on who should care for the terminally ill or the mature people We believe that age is something to be ashamed of We do it both ways our children hurry to grow up to become adults scared of the time s passage For us, the time is not a bringer of maturity but rather a foreboding of the end of our days Our standards of beauty, health, living, style, you name it everything is aimed at staying frozen at some point in time This is not a healthy way to live, as a society or a person And still, this is what s going on.Personally, I dislike the casual approach I don t like the light handed touch where we can glimpse at this horror in a casual way One willing to do just that, shoud remember 2 things Cautionary tales have the distressing tendency to cross the line and go on to becoming the new know how manuals Just remember the 1984 and Brave New World Find any similarities to anything, anywhere The Overton window is still open Things we keep discussing casually might turn out to become the things our grandchildren do casually We wouldn t want to wake up, one day, in a world where the new norm is to kill off the old people as soon as they become too much bother , would we Even if the killing off would go with nice bells and whistles Q And don t forget the pressure resistant window, the son adds You ll be able to see those dolphins nice and clear How about that, Dad Dolphins all the way down, keeping you company c I don t know how to rate it Therefore, let s count The writing is cool, clear and readable, in the 1st story 5 stars The storybook is diverse and touches many topics 1 star Our Fathers at Sea is very thought inducing 1 star The subject of Our Fathers at Sea is beyond unsettling and way too light hearted for such serious a subject 1 star Bodies in Space totally uninteresting It probably was supposed to be innovative and clever And it wasn t Instead it was a rambling mix of space, breasts amoebas , flirting, a blinking diode in one s head, techs, blogging, brands Volvo , Man Woman of the Future A salad of weird stuff 1 star Masturbation session in Bodies in Space pointless 1 star The Sea Beast Takes a Lover the best thing about this story is the heading The ending was inconclusive What was that with the refugee What was that with the miniboat and minimonster The crew Did they die Could we have skipped all this drama and just put it all in a 1 liner Everyone died 1 star The King s Teacup at Rest Didn t get it 1 star He Is the Rainstorm and the Sandstorm, Hallelujah, Hallelujah Didn t like it 1 star Rockabye, Rocketboy Ouch Plug detective Euphemism for robo porn The Rocketboy demise 2 stars The Saints in the Parlor Blasphemous For what 1 star Andy, Lord of Ruin Stupid, didn t care about it 1 star Jenny Uh Was it written for shock value 1 star for writing, idea structure 1 star for everything else Rite of Baptism Unreadable 1 star Blunderbuss Time travel story 1 star for readabilityThis should have a total of minus 3 stars Since there is no such rating here, this is going to be rated at 1 star, which is rather generous, I think.Q The night before we load you into the crate and watch as the helicopter carries you off to the undisclosed location to drop you into the Atlantic Ocean, we eat dinner as a family c Q Just follow your heart c Q I remember once, not long after we crated Mom, we took you and the kids down to Ainsdale c Q It s our lake, yours and mine, and now mine and my sons For all the fighting, all the hurt feelings, the years of not talking even before you lost the ability to speak, we still end up here, you and I, looking at a lake full of stars c Q You showed me how controlling the water level prevented them from maturing into frogs, and how nice it was to keep tadpoles as they were, blindly swimming around until they died and we replaced them with new ones c This reads ominous.Q Daddy s gone, she says, and I feel the relief whistle out of me like an untied balloon You re gone I don t have to crate you I m so happy I dive into the lake, where the dream lets me breathe freely, the warm water hugging me close until I wake up c Q I remember one of the clowns made me a balloon giraffe, and your father asked, like some do, not to be taken, to be held over till the following year Next year, he promised, he d be ready I don t remember what you did, if you wept or tried to argue with him, or if you simply stood by like I am now I remember that he had the good sense to ask only once, but even that small moment of pleading caught me off guard, and I couldn t shake it for weeks after c Q I ve heard of this reports of dolphins gathering at the undisclosed location I want to ask the son privately if this is just something cheerful he s decided to say, or if he has actual evidence of dolphins, if he knows someone who can confirm it c Q I wish that Avery had drawn a few dolphins swimming alongside the crab and the starfish, to give you a better sense of just how comforting this whole business is going to be c Q I wonder if we shouldn t take Ernest to seelive theater, maybe a show now and then down at that little dinner theater place in Phillipsburg that Rosemary s always talking about Maybe it s the sort of thing that would help him locate something different and good inside himself c Q Besides, I want to send you off with something forward looking Something hopeful c Q None of the fathers are asking not to be taken, which is rare c Q Nozzle heads hang from the ceiling inside the crate, waiting to release anesthetic gas when you reach critical depth I wish Avery could see these I don t know if he knows about them, but he should, to understand that we re not monsters That we care what happens to you after you drop c Q We should be gathering around one another as a family, relying on our shared love and support to light a path out of this parking lot and back to the happy lives we ve worked so hard for c Q I will study this drawing often in the weeks to come, meditating on its many perfections I will feel sorry that I am the one looking at it, that it is here with me and not with you, rolled out before you on your tray as the floodlights show you dolphins and marlins, sea breams and hammerheads, and all the other guardians of the undisclosed location, whose waters, we are told, are calm, and patient, and deeper than we can know c Q The Winsome Bride has been sinking for months As far as we can tell, the beast has mistaken us for one of her kind and is, in her own fashion, pitching woo She lowers us patiently, tenderly, as a mother might drown her child Her love struck tentacles have hamstrung our rudder, bent our keel, noosed up our figurehead c Q The mermaids have appeared earlier than usual today because of the books The mermaids are blue skinned and black eyed, but apparently literate enough to tackle the Bront s and Isaac Asimov The volumes that have not sunk or disintegrated bob coquettishly in the water beside them The mermaids pluck them out at random and leaf through them dreamily c Q Spooning me from behind, she looped her arms over my shoulders, spidered her small legs around my waist, and held me For that whole night she held me so firm and tight I almost strained to breathe, but for the first time since the creature took up its amorous cause, I felt the maddening anticipation ease, squeezed out of me like a bellows In my ear, soft as cotton, she sang a steady hush, her breath rising and falling with the waves, harmonizing with the wind, and though the creature s grip was so firm upon us that neither wind nor waves held any sway, and though her legs and arms felt strong enough to crush the breath inside me to diamond, for that brief moment I felt returned to the sea I knew c Q They pray for guidance, and safety, and certainty They pray for revelations, and the wisdom to rightly interpret them They do not know if this is the correct action, but they have faith They serve a mystery, the Voice that can t be heard outside the wordless barrows of the soul They can only hope they hear it correctly They fear that it might leave, and that it might stay They want it to fill them up and drown them out It is the exaltation of being relentlessly tested, the torment of being inescapably loved c Q All time travelers share the same secret fear that one day their collective lack of self control, their inability to resist looking, touching, taking, will purge them from the ranks of having ever existed, robbing them of a life, a death, and a birth all at once Honestly, when they really think about it, it s a miracle it hasn t happened already These are the thoughts that keep time travelers up at night c


  2. Hannah Hannah says:

    I was beyond excited about this it sounded so very much up my alley The biggest strength of this collection is Andreasen s fascinating use of juxtaposition pirates with smart phones, doubting saints, death as celebration His premises are brilliant and his imagination flawless however, there was something missing for me here I cannot quite pinpoint what exactly my problem with this collection was There is nothing wrong with it per se but it did not invoke any strong feelings in me whatsoev I was beyond excited about this it sounded so very much up my alley The biggest strength of this collection is Andreasen s fascinating use of juxtaposition pirates with smart phones, doubting saints, death as celebration His premises are brilliant and his imagination flawless however, there was something missing for me here I cannot quite pinpoint what exactly my problem with this collection was There is nothing wrong with it per se but it did not invoke any strong feelings in me whatsoever.As usual, there were stories that were stronger than others I particularly enjoyed Rockabye, Rocketboy a story about a boy about to explode It s quiet rumination on compassion and doing what is right really resonated with me I also really happen to love short stories told from a collective we perspective I also adored The Saints in the Parlour I found it funny and moving and just very clever On the other end of the spectrum I thought The Man Of The Future fell flat The main character was unsympathetic and felt slightly lazily constructed The message of this story stayed muddled for me.Overall, the writing is solid, the premises intriguing It just was not the slam dunk I thougt it would be, quite far from it actually I did include it in my 5 star prediction post and my list of most anticipated releases after all.I received an arc of this book curtesy of NetGalley and Head of Zeus in exchange for an honest review You can find this review and other thoughts on books on my blog


  3. Evelina | AvalinahsBooks Evelina | AvalinahsBooks says:

    The Sea Beast Takes a Loveris a collection of slightly odd short stories which all share a similar vibe, however, not one I can just pinpoint like that They are easy to read, quite imaginative and all of them pretty shattering by the end I am not a huge fan of short storiesas they almost always involve incomprehensible levels of oddity , and maybe that s why I feel like I could have enjoyed this bookBut if you re a fan of short stories, you will probably likeThe Sea Beast TakThe Sea Beast Takes a Loveris a collection of slightly odd short stories which all share a similar vibe, however, not one I can just pinpoint like that They are easy to read, quite imaginative and all of them pretty shattering by the end I am not a huge fan of short storiesas they almost always involve incomprehensible levels of oddity , and maybe that s why I feel like I could have enjoyed this bookBut if you re a fan of short stories, you will probably likeThe Sea Beast Takes a Lover Some Of The Stories Are Brilliant My favorite is probably the one with the sea beast the one that gave the book its nameYes, it s literally a sea beast who decided to mate with a ship And its love and care is currently sinking it The story is refreshingly witty, colorful and lively, and the ending is simply perfect Mermaids who like to read Bronte sisters and Asimov An amorous sea monster A drowning library A cannibal admiralit even rhymesAnd all of that humor in deathT he ship is almost an allegory of our current political and economical system, the world nothingthan a sinking wreck, the deck hands eating scraps, the officers still eating good food, and the captain eating the officers All sailors are Christians moonlighting as witch doctorshad the rest of the stories been as strong as this one, I would have felt much differently about this collectionBut Some Of The Other StoriesAs it is typical with short stories, they are decidedly odd as I ve already mentioned Some of them are odder than others And I feel like this was most of the stories in this collection Roughly around the middle I just stopped trying and gave up wrapping my mind around some of them And that s alright maybe they re just not for me Hence the 3 starsOther Books You Might LikeI have, however, read short story collections that I really liked While they share the oddity, they also carrysignificance, in my opinionThings to do when You re Goth in the Countrywas truly refreshing, dark and just about weird enough to still be really cool MeanwhileRockets Versus Gravitywas all interconnected and an absolute play on feels some of the time, and I truly enjoyed it I thank The Penguin Group, Dutton Books and Apollo for giving me a copy of the book in exchange to my honest opinion.Read Post on My Blog My Bookstagram Bookish Twitter


  4. Jillian Doherty Jillian Doherty says:

    Wildly imaginative, oddly emotional, bizarrely wonderful, and truly fantastic and unforgettable stories Other reps have been raving about this, their early reads speak to it s awesome quality too It has a uniquely clever voice and prose you don t know where the stories are going but since they feel familiar yet raw, you blindly accept them and feel the emotional human connection.


  5. ✨Skye✨ ✨Skye✨ says:

    I received a free ebook version of this from Netgalley Thankyou to both Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this My review is still honest.This collection of short stories was such a joy to read The stories themselves were a mixed bag there were a couple I really didn t like, but some that I really loved As a collection however, it worked very well as a book full of different concepts and thought provoking ideas, and that is what I have rated it as If you are into sci fi at I received a free ebook version of this from Netgalley Thankyou to both Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this My review is still honest.This collection of short stories was such a joy to read The stories themselves were a mixed bag there were a couple I really didn t like, but some that I really loved As a collection however, it worked very well as a book full of different concepts and thought provoking ideas, and that is what I have rated it as If you are into sci fi at all, this is one for you If you are like me and enjoy having a good idea about a book before reading, then continue reading If you prefer to go in blind, then please stop reading now There are no explicit spoilers, but I do explain the premise and give a brief individual review of each story in this collection.Our Fathers at Sea is set in a world where the old are crated in what is considered a traditional family ritual Crating just so happens to be the term to describe when a group of the old and infirm are dropped into a crate in the sea and effectively eliminated This one wasn t particularly exciting for such a controversial concept, but it was interesting and had a very sociopathic character whose perspective was odd to read from It did seem a little too long winded and I think a lotcould have been done with this concept, so this one gets a 4 stars from me.Bodies is about robots and aliens and an affair I m sure there was some deep meaning that I was meant to fathom, but unfortunately this one went over my head I found it sweet and mildly interesting, but I ll probably forget about it quickly 2 stars.The Sea Beast Takes a Lover is an odd one about a sea monster that is gradually sinking a ship I think a story like this one works best as a great epic novel, as I didn t feel much about this in short story form It was exciting, however 3 stars.The King s Teacup at Rest is one of my favourites It follows the King of Retired Amusements, a sentient bear and a boy trying to find his place It makes almost no sense, but the atmosphere and descriptions in this one were excellent There was such a sense of unease and detachment and just a feeling that something is not right 4 stars.He is the Rainstorm and the Sandstorm, Hallelujah, Hallejuah is a story with a title that sounds like a Panic At the Disco song It was another good one about a disturbed child and twisted maternal instincts, but it was ultimately unfulflling An open ending didn t work well for this one 3.5 stars.Rockabye, Rocketboy was also one of my favourites It was so strange and odd, but I loved it It follows a world where people live in very high buildings, and a young boy legend is known to fly around the skies on turbines The main character is a erotic star who is obsessed with the rocketboy This one was just the right kind of weird, and I loved the weird setting and plot 5 stars.Andy, Lord of Ruin is the story of a boy who explodes It s another endlessly strange one with no real meaning that I can discern, but it was really entertaining to read Any one of these stories could be a full novel or movie 3.5 stars.The Saints in the Parlour is one that makes no sense to me It has a little irony and dry humour, and follows saints who find themselves in an unfamiliar house It was interesting, but I just didn t understand this one 2 stars.Jenny is about a headless girl, and it left me feeling very confused and icky I just don t get the point of this one at all, especially the ending 1 star.Rite of Baptism was about a twisted form of a christening, I d guess It was unspeakably bizarre and just a little bit funny Unfortunately, it was another one that I just didn t understand 2 stars.Blunderbuss is about a school trip to a time travel institute I really liked this one It talked a lot about the dilemmas and ethical implications of time travel, and was quite funny to top it off 4 stars


  6. Katy Katy says:

    When it comes to short stories, I m picky and hard to impress A lot has to happen in only a few pages and so many things can go wrong That being said, I loved this book It was intelligent It was original It was funny and oh so weird As long as it s done well, I love weird Bring on the weird Michael Andreasen manages to make even the most bizarre stories human and relatable, something that isn t easy to accomplish In Jenny, there s the suffocation felt by Jenny s brother, who is stuck ca When it comes to short stories, I m picky and hard to impress A lot has to happen in only a few pages and so many things can go wrong That being said, I loved this book It was intelligent It was original It was funny and oh so weird As long as it s done well, I love weird Bring on the weird Michael Andreasen manages to make even the most bizarre stories human and relatable, something that isn t easy to accomplish In Jenny, there s the suffocation felt by Jenny s brother, who is stuck caring for his headless yet very alive sister He is her eyes and ears and is even forced to chew her food for her In The Sea Beast Takes a Lover, the crew of a ship is helpless to stop the slow sinking of their ship due to the amorous attentions of a sea monster It sounds ridiculous, but the story is a little funny, very tense, and I found myself feeling the crew s inevitable defeat Andreasen manages to say so much with so little and gives great depth to his characters in mere pages There were a few stories towards the end that I didn t really care for, but that s to be expected There s always one or two Fortunately, the book begins with, IMO, its strongest stories I found myself looking forward to each story ending just so another would begin Altogether this book is imaginative and strange but wonderfully written If you re a fan of short stories and love the bizarre, I absolutely recommend this book I received an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review


  7. Lata Lata says:

    Odd stories, a few with an undercurrent of horror I liked the first story about euthanizing old men and the one about the sea beast Otherwise, much of this collection left me cold I did really like the design of the book cover.


  8. Vishaka Rajan Vishaka Rajan says:

    This was a very interesting selection of stories but it just didn t do it for me.I think the problem I faced was that the stories didn t have enough of a plot to keep me going The stories were all very interesting, blending science fiction with literary fiction and mixing up different time points But the stories were just there Nothing really happened There was no catalyst, no change, no sense of a build up The stories fell flat for me because they just seemed like descriptions of a dif This was a very interesting selection of stories but it just didn t do it for me.I think the problem I faced was that the stories didn t have enough of a plot to keep me going The stories were all very interesting, blending science fiction with literary fiction and mixing up different time points But the stories were just there Nothing really happened There was no catalyst, no change, no sense of a build up The stories fell flat for me because they just seemed like descriptions of a different time and place, rather than any specific event that I could focus on.It was also hard for me to connect with the characters There was no emotional connection with them, and they felt very two dimensional It made it hard for me to want to continue reading the stories when I couldn t care about what was happening for them.I think that this was a collection that was unique in its blend of literary and science fiction However, the lack of plot in the stories combined with the lack of emotional connection with the characters meant that it fell short for me I m giving this a 2 5 stars.Forreviews, visit www.veereading.wordpress.com


  9. ♥ Sandi ❣ ♥ Sandi ❣ says:

    3.5 stars Thank you to First to Read and Dutton Books for this ARC to publish Feb 27, 2018.Crazy stories, out of this world, but surprisingly relative to many human emotions From the death of our elderly which was my favorite in this collection, reminiscent of Soylent Green to learning to live with everyday change and the loss of our norms these stories were were told in a rich fantasy From watching the world of plenty fall apart to riding the waves of a pirate ship this book will give y 3.5 stars Thank you to First to Read and Dutton Books for this ARC to publish Feb 27, 2018.Crazy stories, out of this world, but surprisingly relative to many human emotions From the death of our elderly which was my favorite in this collection, reminiscent of Soylent Green to learning to live with everyday change and the loss of our norms these stories were were told in a rich fantasy From watching the world of plenty fall apart to riding the waves of a pirate ship this book will give you a wide invitation to your own individual interpretation Just the book to break up your normal reading pattern and cleanse your pallet, opening up the imaginary sectors of your mind A new voice in the science fiction world and definitely one to follow


  10. Carrie (brightbeautifulthings) Carrie (brightbeautifulthings) says:

    I received a free e ARC through First to Read and NetGalley from the publishers at Penguin Random House Dutton I was really excited to read this, since Ray Bradbury and Karen Russell have fueled my love for weird short stories The downside is that the competition is extremely steep.The Sea Beast Takes A Lover is a collection of short stories that are part science fiction, part literary fiction, and part something else entirely In Andreasen s worlds, a giant squid anchors a ship for weeks, des I received a free e ARC through First to Read and NetGalley from the publishers at Penguin Random House Dutton I was really excited to read this, since Ray Bradbury and Karen Russell have fueled my love for weird short stories The downside is that the competition is extremely steep.The Sea Beast Takes A Lover is a collection of short stories that are part science fiction, part literary fiction, and part something else entirely In Andreasen s worlds, a giant squid anchors a ship for weeks, desperate to be loved, a girl survives into adulthood without a head, and older generations are crated at the bottom of the sea.I seem to be in the minority of readers who didn t enjoy this collection at all I struggled through it, and not one of the stories really stood out to me I m having trouble pinpointing exactly what didn t work for me overall, but it seems to bespecific failures in each story The most common one is that many of them lack any sort of plot or closure The Sea Beast Takes a Lover , Jenny , and Andy, Lord of Ruin are good examples of this There are jarring in a good way juxtapositions pirates with cell phones and archaic settings with modern slang They provide interesting snapshots of things a ship rendered immovable by a sea monster s affection, a girl without a head, a boy who goes nuclear but that s all They don t go anywhere Nothing happens Make of it what you will.Not that things necessarily have to happen for a book to be good A story can explore characters or ideas equally well, but there s no strong sense of that here either The characters are, by and large, the kind of self serving and at times outright despicable cutouts that I m weary of in adult fiction it s no wonder so many adults read YA, which is at least full of people I d want to know The narrator in Our Fathers at Sea blames his father for his illness, the little girl in He Is the Rainstorm and the Sandstorm, Hallelujah, Hallelujah actively thinks about killing a baby, and the brother in Jenny resents his headless sister for her helplessness There s little to no empathy or human connection to be found anywhere, and they re not even horrible in interesting ways.The first story, Our Fathers at Sea , is probably the strongest narratively and emotionally It at least has a clear beginning, middle, and end, and there s no small amount of empathy in it although that empathy comes strictly from the reader and not from the narrator In part, it seems like a criticism of euthanasia, but I don t think the story comes down hard on either side of the argument If there is a message, I think it s something to do with paying attention to issues like this and not looking away because they make us sad or uncomfortable The rest of the collection is much less clear I m just not sure what I m supposed to make of it, or of any of the situations presented here If there s a moral or a philosophy, it s well beyond me.It s mostly downhill from there, with the religiously inclined stories hitting the bottom of the barrel The Saints in the Parlor reminds me of Chuck Palahniuk without the edginess or the insight that occasionally makes Chuck Palahniuk worth paying attention to Bodies in Space is the kind of penis centric literary fiction that I d hoped we were moving away from and seems mostly an excuse to describe what boobs look like in zero gravity Honestly, if you needthan one paragraph to talk about boobs, I think you should reconsider what genre you re writing in Women do it and it s romance, but if men do it, it s called literary fiction The narrator spends most of the story bemoaning the fact that his wife left him after he cheated on her and then, inconveniently, was abducted by aliens He never once pauses to consider what that must have been like for her, and he s equally disdainful of his mistress The writing is a little preoccupied with its own cleverness, as if Andreasen had a thesaurus open for each story and picked the most archaic words he could find I don t think it s intentionally pretentious, just an awkward cross between science fiction and literary fiction that ultimately doesn t do either very well Absent plot, character, philosophy, or human connection, the stories seem to rely solely on their ability to entertain assuming readers are entertained by the same kinds of things Andreasen is It s not a bad thing for a story collection to do, but it s a problem if you don t find a single one of them enjoyable There s nothing else to save it.I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com


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