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Tin House: Fantastic Women (Tin House #33)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  160 ratings  ·  19 reviews

Tin House has become a forerunner of brilliant and fresh contemporary fiction, and this astonishing collection captures some of the most promising literary voices writing today. The anthology includes tastes of Aimee Bender's surreal aesthetic, Miranda July's charming and quirky prose, and Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum heart-stopping and lyrical style. Edited by virtuoso novelist

Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by Tin House Magazine
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Wow is the content quality inconsistent. It probably hurts that I'm not a big fan of fantasy/sci fi most of the time. The Budnitz, Bynum, Elliot, and Link stories were the best, but many of the others are positively inscrutable. I like eccentric and I like whimsical, but in small doses and these ladies are not subtle. Then again, this is probably not meant to be read all in one go, but dipped into over time. However, Moody's essay on Angela Carter was worth the "price of admission" alone, but I ...more
Some excellent stories and some mediocre stories. But what I couldn't get past was the utterly bizarre alphabetical by last name sequencing. Perhaps there is some misguided kumbaya or quasi-cooperative notion in there, but really, what a waste. It's the job of an anthology editor to sequence the stories in a way that itself tells a story. Or at least creates some sort of rhythm or sense of dynamics or ripple of echoed themes, characters, or objects. While I imagine the alpha by author sequencing ...more
Apr 02, 2015 Lindsay rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lindsay by: Dan
I confess I did not read through this entire volume. I will echo what many others have offered: the selection here is very inconsistent. I somewhat enjoyed to loved: Jane Avrich, Aimee Bender (always), Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Mary Caponegro, Julia Elliott, Samantha Hunt, Miranda July, Kelly Link, Lydia Millet, Alissa Nutting, Paisley Rekdal, Stacey Richter, Gina Zucker, and the Rick Moody essay on Angela Carter. The rest I found kinda boring or too muddled and glossed over. Still, this was a good ...more
Melinda Jane Harrison
Uneven anthology of stories by women, some very beautiful, others not my cup of tea. I really like plot and most New Weird does not have that.
My love for this collection started off strong, but was nearly obliterated 2/3 of the way though with a couple of stories that I just couldn't get through. Still, the stories that worked, worked wonderfully, and my faith in the collection was restored by the last couple of stories. I'm very glad I stuck it out!
Love the incredible cover enough to frame it. Love the stories by faves like Kelly Link and Shelley Jackson and Samantha Hunt, as well as the ladies I've meant to read and finally did here, like Lucy Corin and Rikki Ducornet. Maybe most of all loved Rick Moody's piece on his teacher and friend Angela Carter.
This book is fantastic, fresh, and original. Not only is it totally entertaining, but there are lots of experiments with voice and narrative. Entertainment and experimentation do not often walk hand in hand. I'm inspired! And I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fabulous fabulist fiction.

This 2007 special issue of Tin House features women writers who are fantastic both in style and content. The collection can serve as a valuable introduction to the "genre" that resists characterization or a sweet indulgence in other worlds.
Jan 03, 2008 Tara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like elements of the fantastic embedded in realism
I love it when writers play with conventional genres and narratives, and mix them up, make them unsual and fun and unexpected. That Angela Carter was memorialized in this volume made it even more awesome. This is my favorite Tin House so far.
i haven't quite finished this but i dunno, i'm not very impressed. aside from aimee's story and a couple of other pieces, this felt just too much like weird for weird combined with a serious lack of "entertaining."
this installment from 'tin house' featured nearly ALL of my favorite modern female writers and the art of the lovely Julie Heffernan. a kind of bible for me that i am always reading.
Had high hopes, was turned off by the whimsical silliness of most of the stories. Stopped before I got to Kelly Link, so I'll have to open this again someday.
Most of the poetry was mediocre. Some of the stories were stunning, gripping, refreshing page-turners, and at least one I could not make it through.
I didnt have a chance to read all of the pieces in this journal, but the ones I did read were excellent--brave, unusual and thought-provoking. ...more
Anne Ishii
Great anthology so far. Lots of stuff about marriage though.
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Reading this inspired me to get involved with Tin House.
Syreeta McFadden
interesting collection. have some issues with selection.
Christie Hinrichs
Amy Bender's story knocked my socks off.
Stories are hit or miss, but a lovely collection.
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Aimee Bender is the author of the novel An Invisible Sign of My Own and of the collections The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Willful Creatures. Her work has been widely anthologized and has been translated into ten languages. She lives in Los Angeles.
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