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The author’s second novel, The Book of Days consists of a short story told each day by a man trying to talk himself back to sanity. A kind of literary sampler quilt, these daily inventions emulate the styles of everything from traditional ghost stories to the works of O’Henry and James Whitcomb Riley, from westerns to fifties science fiction to boy’s own adventure stories. ...more
Hardcover, signed limited to 600 numbered copies, 247 pages
Published April 28th 2003 by Subterranean Press (first published April 2003)
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Michael Adams
I listened to the Audible version of this and immediately after ordered it in print because I feel like I need to re-read it, giving each story the time and attention it really deserves. This is a beautiful hybrid of short-story collection and novel; a single, albeit disjointed narrative, told in richly varied stylistically tales. The prose is fluid and elegant, and there is a rich, mature, and deeply emotional thread to this work that a lot of other works just can't deliver. My first exposure t ...more
Patrickmalka
Mar 25, 2015 Patrickmalka rated it it was amazing
This is a preliminary comment.

Today is september 1st, the day that begins the novel. I intend to read the day's entry on the day itself throughout. Im not sure this book was ever intended to be read this way or that i would even be able to show that much self control, reading an entry per day until march, but i'll be giving it shot. Full review to come.

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Reading this book was an investment. Experiencing this man's day to day struggle to overcome debilitating fears about fatherhood to hopefu
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Steve Rasnic Tem was born in Lee County Virginia in the heart of Appalachia. He is the author of over 350 published short stories and is a past winner of the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards. His story collections include City Fishing, The Far Side of the Lake, In Concert (with wife Melanie Tem), Ugly Behavior, Celestial Inventories, and Onion Song ...more
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