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What Maisie Knew: A Novella

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Previously published as part of The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology.


“Provocative, haunting, and genuinely unsettling… David Liss's novelette What Maisie Knew is a stunning and gruesome meditation on the banality of capitalism and evil… This powerful anthology [THE NEW DEAD] shines a bright and unflinching light on the fears of
ebook, 32 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Althea Ann
Disturbing, unpleasant, and very well done. The narrator here assures us, repeatedly, that he's really quite a nice guy. His actions, as described by himself, tell a different story. Why, after all, does he have a secret apartment with a black-market reanimate (zombie) in it?

Excellent writing, with gradual reveals leading up to a sickening climax.

I'm not sure if this story has any thematic connection to the Henry James classic of the same title - I haven't read it.
This novella should have been a solid four stars, but I found the ending a little to convenient and too spelled out for my taste , which would leave it at 3.5.
As others have mentioned, it's a very disturbing story and I would like to specify that it is so disturbing because of how real it feels. To me, Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link is the most realistic werewolf story I've ever read, the only one that really made me feel like werewolves were a real thing. Although I've only seen the movie, I thi
What a strange, disturbing little story. Definitely a twist on the typical zombie tale, and quite a departure for Liss, a literary fiction author.
Not just another zombie story :)
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I am a novelist living in San Antonio, Texas, though, for the record, I am not from Texas. I just live here. I have four novels published: A Conspiracy of Paper (which won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel) and A Spectacle of Corruption were both national bestsellers. They are set in 18th century London and feature Benjamin Weaver, a Jewish former pugilist, thief-taker for hire. Weaver will be ...more
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