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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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Apr 13, 2014 Pop Bop rated it really liked it
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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,
Sep 29, 2012 Alex rated it it was ok
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
Sep 15, 2012 Lynde rated it it was ok
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
Jan 31, 2017 Hannah rated it it was ok
I didn't hate this collection but it didn't do much for me either. Anomalous with a matter–of–fact delivery & ending abruptly seemed the trend. Each story was extremely similar in effect but starkly contrasting in plot. The characters are all "others" in some way; they're not meant to be relatable people. There's something there for sure- it's definitely not just that ~weird for the sake of being weird~ kind of stuff but it's really not for everyone (including me).
Jan 13, 2017 Tanner rated it liked it
A little misanthropic for my taste, but I'm glad I stuck with it because the money stories are in the back half. Dead Man Flying and The Crab's Welcome are going to stick with me for a while. This is a good book for people who wish Bukowski had written more talking animal stories.
Jan 30, 2013 Joanna rated it it was ok
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I received a free copy from the Goodreads First Reads Program. I found it hard to connect to the stories.
Apr 09, 2013 Ellen rated it it was ok
I only liked 2 out of 12 stories. But it wasn't so bad that I gave up on it.
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.
Rachelle DeMunck
All of the stories were just too ..... odd, for me.
Dec 05, 2012 Keith rated it it was amazing
Insane, surreal, and genius, not unlike the man himself. I'm biased, obviously...
Derick Douglas
Sep 17, 2012 Derick Douglas rated it really liked it
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Won this as a Goodreads giveaway.
Outstanding set of short stories. Great example of creating atmosphere, place and character in short stories.
Suzanne Unrein
Nov 24, 2013 Suzanne Unrein rated it it was amazing
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.
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