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More Shapes Than One: A Book of Stories

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These thirteen tales are populated by an assortment of fictional as well as real characters, all of them vividly sketched and true-to-life: the botanist Linnaeus, the composer Offenbach, the poet Hart Crane, the visionary horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, a southern sheriff, a dealer in rare books, a country singer, an old maid (and her suitor), and a mathematician. Whether t ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published December 17th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1991)
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Randolph Carter
This book was a disappointment. Despite a couple of high points Chapelle came across as a poor man's Ray Bradbury. The Carl Linnaeus story was outstanding, "Bacarole" and "The Snow that is Nothing in the Triangle" were excellent as well.

"Duet" would have gone from primarily maudlin to profound if Chapelle had just gone the extra mile and made the relationship a more explicitly homosexual one. I think he was trying to be enigmatic about the relationship, or maybe I'm just reading more into it an
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Jack Ferreri
i was unimpressed with this book. Struck me as youthul science firction or horror. The plot hooks were quick 'gets,' and there wsn't any depth to the topics he chose to explore. The collection started off with some stronger stories -- imaginative fiction regarding historical people -- Linnaeus, Feuerbach, Offenbach -- but degenerated from there. I enjoy science fiction and enjoy magic realism. I just didn't think this author got deeply into his topics enough. I'm willing to say that I don't read ...more
Lora
Jul 25, 2016 Lora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I wrote at the time, "Chappell is a native of North Carolina and a great storyteller! [...] Most of his stories had a Twilight Zone twist to them. [...] The stories never failed to interest" (and at least one made me laugh out loud).

Most of the stories in the beginning of the book were about scholars of the past. The middle stories were about Southern people and the last were about future or alternative worlds.
Tom Leland
Washington Post mentioned Chappell in same breath as Twain, Faulkner and Welty. I don't see it.
He is brilliant in a way -- but that doesn't always make for the most compelling reading. Of all his books,
this is surely one of the least qualified with which to judge all his others by, but I can't help it -- the 1st book you read by someone makes a deep impression. I did very much like "Alma", which I could argue makes as powerful a statement about men's ignorance and hatred of women as does the en
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Rose
Aug 14, 2015 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best, to my taste, is "The Adder."
catherine
Apr 08, 2009 catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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chappell's writing continues to impress me; his command of the language and his sense of magical realism is both enveloping and illuminating.
Jenn Li
Jul 06, 2007 Jenn Li rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent collection of sad and weird stories. My favorite in particular was "The Adder", a modern take on the Necronomicon.
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Fred Davis Chappell retired after 40 years as an English professor at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997-2002. He attended Duke University.

His 1968 novel Dagon, which was named the Best Foreign Book of the Year by the Academie Française, is a recasting of a Cthulhu Mythos horror story as a psychologically realistic Southern Gothic.

His l
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