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Secret Lives

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  84 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In this new collection by World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer, the secret lives of librarians, doctors, lawyers, university students, bank tellers, sex shop clerks and dozens of others are revealed for the first time. Ordered by profession, these short-short stories range from the hilarious to the somber, the absurd to the revelatory. Using real people as the spring ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Prime Books (first published 2008)
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Che genere di esistenza segreta può avere la gente normale? Sei abbastanza curioso ed immaginativo da costruire addosso al commesso di un negozio, al pensionato o ad un impiegato una storia che ha dell'incredibile?

Ci é riuscito perfettamente VanderMeer con questa raccolta in cui le vite parallele dei personaggi sono così strane e fantasiose da soddisfare tutti i gusti: vite costruite su un ideale, su particolari stati psichici, su visioni psichedeliche o paranormali ma anche sull'avventura o il
Letizia Sechi
Jul 22, 2011 Letizia Sechi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What if you receive a stamp from an unknown land, or if you could understand every dust whisper paying the right attention, or if you had an invisible friend that doesn't speak so much?

I've been fascinated by these little precious lives VanDerMeer describes in this book: so common existences, so unpredictable secrets to discover.
Mi ha fatto molto piacere leggere finalmente qualcosa di Jeff VanDerMeer, che di recente seguo anche suo blog, Estatic Days.

Il libro è una raccolta delle vite segrete di una serie di più o meno originali personaggi, alcuni legati tra loro, accomunati tutti dal possedere appunto una vita segreta, ovvero una passione, un’attività, un hobby che coltivano con entusiasmo e in segreto, all’insaputa di tutti coloro che li circondano.
Questa mondo alternativo in cui si muovono è sempre un qualcosa di fan
Aug 06, 2016 Cale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a quick read, with most stories less than 1 page in length. There are a couple longer ones, some of which appear in other Jeff VanderMeer collections. The stories are quirky, with a few being pretty sedate, but others definitely show a surprising amount of creativity considering their source. I greatly enjoyed Rick and Peggy's story, and the loosely connected Flensing Hlanith and James Patterson stories, but my favorite is Rajan Khanna's secret life, which feels like the base for a novel ...more
Jeff Raymond
A fun, relatively short piece of fiction surrounding actual people. This is a bit of a writing exercise of sorts, where VanderMeer essentially discusses the "secret lives" of the people mentioned within. It's all very silly and fun, and that's all you can ask for. If there's any downside, it's that 120+ pages of it can be a bit much (and the longer piece at the end, while interesting, doesn't quite fit in), but as something I jumped in and out of repeatedly over the course of a few days, it was ...more
David Macpherson
Nov 12, 2014 David Macpherson rated it really liked it
These are tiny little stories where the author takes a real person and then tells what their secret life is. Vandermeer keeps up the creativity for most of the book. He kind of changes the rules at the end and writer a few longer stories that don't exactly fit with the others, though they are still great stories. This is close to being a perfect little book.
Jun 27, 2009 Andy rated it it was amazing
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Not to be confused with another VanderMeer work called Secret Life, Secret Lives contains short glimpses into the hidden lives of seemingly ordinary folk. Often beautiful, twisted, hilarious, all of these secret lives are full of wonder. A real pleasure!
Elizabeth Creaghan
It's pretty good this collection of short stories, some of them are very engaging. However, some of them are so short they seem unfulfilling and, as someone who is increasingly aware of unequal representation, there were vastly more stories about men.
Feb 27, 2014 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun concept written masterfully by Jeff Vandermeer. Makes you wonder about his secret live.

Some of the stories got rewritten later to appear in The Third Bear.
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Jeff VanderMeer's new novel is Borne, set for publication in late April of 2017. His most recent fiction is the NYT-bestselling Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance), all released in 2014. The series won the Shirley Jackson Award and the Nebula Award, was shortlisted for several others, and has been acquired by publishers in 32 other countries. Paramount Pictures/Scott R ...more
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