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There is, in this book, reason to celebrate the future of the independent publisher, for one. Mr. Tyler has given us such a beautifully made object; anyone who leaves it on a coffee table or keeps it visible on a bus stop bench will certainly fetch inquiry from others. It's just that arresting an object. I love the size, I love the design, I love the font. Mud...more
These stories are short, most of them being 1-2 pages long. But they convey so much. And, as cliche as it is to say nowadays, Matt Bell really packs a lot into so few words.
The stories themselves take place in a dystopian future. I don’t think they all take place in the same future...more
Babies born wrong, a world in flames, drowning, drying up, and drifting away – these are the ways the world ends, with terminally hopeful fathers clutching the roles of the past as the future crumbles away. Cataclysm Baby spins these elements around, each chapter presenting a new vision of men trying to hold families together or blow them apart while exhausted wives die or go insane and children are born as insects, as ghosts, as part of a murderous, hostile new world.
Matt Bell’s novel is an abe...more
These stories are stark, sad, discouraging, and at times hopeful. In its short 100ish pages, it points to--rather than describes--an alphabet of moral, emotional, intellectual, and physical failures in some nebulous post-apocalypse. Its implied questions--What happened? Why did it happen? Did we/they deserve this?--ar...more
See the future and its hairy, near-human babies. Fetuses like moths, birthed into worlds of hail and blood. Sibling-devouring toddlers. Blind daughters chopping off their father’s appendages in punishment for daddy’s infidelity. Pup boys. Children fleeing like monkeys into the tree canopy. Push the children off the cliffs. Spare them the misery of this world.
Billed as a novel(la), Matt Bell’s Cataclysm Baby is a fal...more
I don’t really know where to begin with Cataclysm Baby. It’s a quick read. I read it in three days. I wish I could read all books that quickly.
Cataclysm Baby is divided into 26 short chapters, one for each letter of the alphabet and each titled with people’s names. Told from the perspective of the fathers, each chapter tells the story of oddly made children – children born with fur, children with bones that disintegrate as soon as they’re touched.
But for as how post-apocalyptic Bell’s vision is, Cataclysm Baby is about the past. The 26 fathers are to blame, this bleak world they inhabit is the one they’ve built–they are cowards, they abandon...more
Twenty six stories, twenty six worlds, twenty six births. I remembered reading a few of these around the web before this was published, but reading them all in a row is a whole different experience. And though these are surreal and grotesque, they do a great deal more than...more
The apocalypse comes in many forms. Oh sure, there is acid rain and there is drought, the crops dry up and the world moves on, but what happens when you’re alone with your wife or husband? Nature takes over, as it always does, and always will. And what becomes of the children? In Matt Bell’s haunting portrayal of twenty-six moments in the afterbirth of a world gone wrong, Cataclysm Baby (Mudluscious Press), we get to see how those day...more
You know when you read a book and you actually feel jealous of the talent the author possesses? Matt Bell has talent. His sometimes 1 page long stories pack a punch of imagery and character development. Each story leaves you wondering what happened to the world?
There are 26 short stories, in alphabetical order, from a father's point a view. In each story something has happened to the world and nothing is the same. And, whatever has happened to the world has effected the outcome of newly bor...more
This isn't much of a review, but really there's only one thing you need to know: You should read this book.