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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  235 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Described by Michael Dirda in The Washington Post as “sexy, eery and addictive”, the fiction of Jonathan Carroll occurs at the point where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, the commonplace becomes unsettling, and yet where we nonetheless always recognize the stories being told because they are always about ourselves and what happens in our deepest, sometimes darkest hear ...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published June 2012 by Subterranean Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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karen
i fiiiiiiinished! and it only took a couple years!

i am going to review this slowly, as i read it, the way greg is with his giant anthology. hold your applause until the end. or don't. this "review" might just be for me, as i savor a bunch of stories i have already read and celebrate jonathan carroll quietly with myself.

Mr. Fiddlehead

this is probably my favorite jonathan carroll story. it has all the elements that make him him: quirkily-named bull terriers (in this case, "elbow"), fountain pens,
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2.5 stars

A large and dense collection of Jonathan Carroll's short stories.

If you've ever complained about rising book prices, this book (like (Jack McDevitt's Cryptic) is a value for money response. At over 400 pages of short stories, this is a lot of Jonathan Carroll. If you're a fan of Carroll's unembellished prose and slightly off kilter happenings, there's a lot here for you. If you're only an occasional visitor to Carroll's realities, this may not be the place to sta
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Alan
Feb 14, 2013 Alan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The living and the dead, and those just visiting either state
Recommended to Alan by: Longer work
Ahhh... this is more like it. For those already familiar with Jonathan Carroll's novels—unforgettable works like The Land of Laughs, Bones of the Moon, Outside the Dog Museum, White Apples or Glass Soup, to name just a few (and aren't those titles even by themselves evocative indications of what might be inside?)—these short stories are concentrated doses of that same powerfully intimate vision.

And for those who are not yet acquainted... well, you should be, but if you aren't, The Woman Who Marr
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Isabelle
This is a very hefty collection of Jonathan Carroll's short stories that assembles decades of his work. While it is a wonderful collection, I would suggest not reading it all at once as his voice, unusual as it is, can feel repetitive if one reads too many stories in one sitting.
That being said, Jonathan Carroll is a fantastic story teller and a master at his craft which consists of taking you from the real world as we know it to another dimension in reality, outlandish and totally plausible as
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Kate
I have been reading Jonathan Carroll since 1992, when my friend Andrew brought me a copy of "Sleeping in Flame" that he'd found at Half-Price Books.

I have every book, every collection, every limited edition he's ever written. His books are the only thing I collect.

So, obviously, I had to buy this one, too, when it came out. And while I'm glad I have it to complete the collection, it is not my favorite thing he's written.

I'm not a short story fan in general, and was disappointed that I'd read mos
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Jen
I have always been very fond of this author. Man can turn a phrase & plays with a lot of fun ideas. While saying that, I should mention I always felt dissatisfied by the endings of his novels. It always felt like he wanted more of his own characters but needed to "wrap up" each book. Many if his characters show up elsewhere and I've often had the sensation of glad familiarity like a friend you see every 2-4 years but fall back in rhythm with right away. This book of collected short works is ...more
Aaron
Wonderful collection of stories that are driven both by character and by a sense of the fantastic. Some are just quirky and serendipitous, others are outright supernatural -- but all are fascinating little gems.
Keith
I stumbled upon Jonathan Carroll thanks to Patton Oswalt's new one, "Silver Screen Fiend," and dived in with "Land of Laughs," his first novel. I liked it quite a bit, so I decided to try his short fiction, which I found to be more of a mixed bag-- but when he's good, he's very very good. There are a number of stories in this collection that I'm sure I'll return to again.

He does sort of this strange magical-realist / intrusion of fantasy / dreamlike logic thing, similar to Barry Yourgrau, but go
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Stefan
I read my first Jonathan Carroll novel shortly after discovering Graham Joyce. I’d read everything Joyce had written up to that point and was desperate for more. The top recommendation I kept hearing at that time was Jonathan Carroll, probably because there’s a certain similarity between the two writers: they both write fiction set in our contemporary reality with relatively small added fantasy elements. You can call this magical realism, but Joyce disagrees with this classification—he prefers t ...more
Marta
Magia jest wśród nas. Nie każdy może ją dostrzec, wystarczy jednak osoba o odpowiedniej percepcji, by zauważyć, a następnie zaakceptować to, co dla innych pozostaje w sferze mitów i baśni. Z połączenia tego, co codzienne, z tym, co wykracza poza ramy szkiełka i oka, rodzi się realizm magiczny. Jonathan Carroll od wielu lat konsekwentnie wykorzystuje tę konwencję, jego bohaterowie przyjmują to, co nadprzyrodzone, z nadnaturalnym spokojem, a obydwie rzeczywistości płynnie przenikają się, do tego s ...more
Alison C Widdoes
Fantastical whimsy

These short stories take your mind on unexpected and obtuse journeys that give you the sense you're either high, or touching new disparate parts of your brain. The cosmic influence of a world described beyond our reality is palpable. I very much enjoyed the sometimes silly, complex and thought provoking tales this book offered my mind and soul.
Abeille
This HUGE book took me forever to read, partly because I originally had a physical copy and its sheer bulk made it impossible to tote around with me. Another reason this was a slow read for me is that I'm not a huge fan of short stories - it often seems as though just as I get immersed in a story's world and characters the piece ends and I feel irritated. Other times, I just don't get the point of a story (I call these stories-that-make-me-say-"huh" ). However, I'm happy to say that most of Jona ...more
Sue
Despite having read some of these stories at their original publication over the past few years, I loved this collection. Mr. Carroll's stories always delight and amaze me, taking me into that lovely borderland between the actual and the possible, raising goosebumps, opening my "third eye" onto previously unseen and unimagined vistas of the imagination. The only thing better than a collection of short stories by Jonathan Carroll is a new novel by Jonathan Carroll. Now that I've forged through Th ...more
Francisco
not bad. mix of short stories. worth it. as can read at whim and no need to rush through.
Liz Barclay
Some of the stories were excellent...a couple were too similar to earlier work.
Karen
Didn't like the end of the first story. Didn't like the end of the second story. Got through the third and fourth stories and quit. This book is definitely not for me.
Freesiab
Finally! I wish I had taken better notes but overall this was a breath taking collection of short stories. Carrol isn't for everyone. He's classified as magical realism or surrealist fiction. AND my favorite author. If I had to choose, my favorite stories were
Mr. Fiddlehead
The Fall Collection
Jane Fonda Room
The Panic Hand
The stolen Church
The Language of Heaven
Elizabeth Thug
East of Furious
Lolly K Dandeneau
What can I say, it's Jonathan Carroll so of course it was great. I have to say of all the stories the first one stayed with me. I found it to be creepy (mostly the ending) even though it wasn't some terrifying nightmare, not at all... it's just the slight edge of evil that slinks in and all for love's sake- Again, short story and still I thought 'creepy'.
Jen Pender
Having loved Jonathan carrol for many years and collected all books written so far, I was excited to read new stories and tales from one of my favourite writers. I was a little disappointed to find there was little new material for me. But thoroughly enjoyed rereading and rediscovering stories such as mr fiddlehead and tiired angel, Carroll at his best.
Rebecca
Great book for anyone into the Twilight Zone or The outer limits.
There are some good thought provoking stories here. A few were beyond me or just boring.
This book is a little long though, 600 pages! It was like sitting down to eat a whole box of corn flakes instead of one bowl. Read in small doses it's a great read.
Martin
I think that Jonathan Carroll is one of my favorite authors. He's certainly one of a very small number whose writing I recognize immediately, the same way I recognize melodies by Monk, or a solo by Miles. I'm very deliberately stretching the reading of this book out as long as i can.
Brandy
A great selection of stories by Jonathan Carroll. There is everything in here from fantasy to horror. Love, death, heaven, hell, gods, devils, perception of self & others are all covered in these stories. To say more would spoil it, so I will just leave it at that.
Tyson
I've become a Jonathan Carroll fan belatedly through my students in Poland. Carroll is extremely popular there.

These short stores have a wonderful surreal bent to them. I look forward to the next Carroll novel.
Gina
Oh Jonathan Carroll. I just love his work so much. These stories were amazing. Each one. Every one. So good. So SAD. Seriously, I'd say 80% of these stories will rip your heart out. It's ok. It'll grow back.
Florencia Brino
Oct 10, 2014 Florencia Brino marked it as to-read
Don't judge a book by its cover. It does sound interesting.
I will not focus on the cover.
I will not focus on the cover.
I will not focus on the cover.
Lisa
I really wanted to love this book like I do the rest of Mr. Carroll's work..but it was underwhelming.
Rob
Wow! What a collection of great stories! Please read them!
Julka
Napiszę krótko: Jonathana Carrolla stać na więcej.
Melissa Mcdonald
Dec 09, 2012 Melissa Mcdonald marked it as to-read
Shelves: short-stories
NPR recommendation
Jen
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Jonathan Carroll (b. 1949) is an award-winning American author of modern fantasy and slipstream novels. His debut book, The Land of Laughs (1980), tells the story of a children’s author whose imagination has left the printed page and begun to influence reality. The book introduced several hallmarks of Carroll’s writing, including talking animals and worlds that straddle the thin line between reali ...more
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