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The Shape of the Final Dog

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Best known as the original screenwriter of Blade Runner, author Hampton Fancher makes his debut with this extraordinary collection that bears all of the hallmarks that have made him beloved to film fans. These are stories about people and places that exist just outside our perceptions of space and time: in “Narrowing the Divide,” an escaped lab rat winds up in a philosophi ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Blue Rider Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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A Wealth of Strangeness

The opening short story in this collection, "The Black Weasel", follows a bartender who flees his failed job in New York and slinks home to try to regain his old job as a carnival barker. The return is filled with brief bits about the characters who revolve around the carnival. That story sets up the theme, if you want to call it that, of this collection - the freaks, losers and oddballs who exist on every rung of society.

Back in 2010 Donald Ray Pollock released his book,
Disclaimer: I received this book as a part of the Goodreads First Reads program.

This book is a collection of (mostly unrelated) short stories. The principle characters of all of the short stories ranged from very unlikeable to sociopathic. Their actions are very rarely explained, and so it was basically impossible for me to connect in any way with any of these "protagonists". Because the stories revolve mostly around the inner workings of these individuals' minds, and because they contain littl
I really wanted to like this book. The writing is fabulous-the stories not so much. I am not sure if I'm just not cerebral enough to grasp them or what. I would get into a story & then it would end as if someone stole the book from me. What happened?? I just did not get it. I wish this were the case for 1 or 2 of the stories, but i read 5 & they were all like that. So for the writing I give 5 stars-the story telling I give 5 stars-the endings/concept/whatever-the-hell-happened-to-the-res ...more
Suzanne Unrein
While I admit this is a dear friend of mine, he also has one of the most interesting minds I've ever come across. So great to see his first book published after all the screenplays.
Derick Douglas
Won this as a Goodreads giveaway.
Outstanding set of short stories. Great example of creating atmosphere, place and character in short stories.
I received a free copy from the Goodreads First Reads Program. I found it hard to connect to the stories.
Insane, surreal, and genius, not unlike the man himself. I'm biased, obviously...
Sep 17, 2012 Yy marked it as to-read
I won this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Hope to read it soon. Thanks.
Never grabbed me. The title story and ”Rat Hall Jack” were my favorites.
I only liked 2 out of 12 stories. But it wasn't so bad that I gave up on it.
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