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4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  574 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
Scott Snyder's protagonists inhabit a playfully deranged fictional world in which a Wall Street trader can find himself armed with a speargun, guarding a Dumpster outside a pawnshop in Florida; or anemployee at Niagara Falls (his job: watching for jumpers) will take off in a car after a blimp in which his girlfriend has escaped. But in Snyder's wondrous imagination there's ...more
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Published May 29th 2007 by Dial Press (first published May 30th 2006)
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Chris_P
Recommended by Panagiotis

Blue yodel: ***
Happy fish, plus coin: ***
About face: ***
Voodoo heart: ****
Wreck: *****
Dumpster Tuesday: ***
The star attraction of 1919: ***

3.5
This collection of stories is Snyder's first effort in pure literature and it's certainly a succesful one. Seven stories, all brimming with an abstract form of romantic loss and sadness. Snyder seems to be willing to explore the inner layers of human psyche when applied to romance and relationships. Of course not all of the stori
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Panagiotis
Apr 08, 2016 Panagiotis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ο Σνάιντερ είναι ένας από τους πιο γνωστούς, νέους συγγραφείς Αμερικάνικων κόμικς. Τον γνώρισα μέσα από τον καινούριο μπάτμαν του, μετά την επανεκκίνηση που έκανε η DC στο σύμπαν της, καθώς και το δικό του δημιούργημα, Wytches. Η γραφή και η προσέγγισή του σε αυτά τα κόμικς έδειχναν έναν άνθρωπο έξυπνο, με φαντασία και μια διάθεση να δώσει στα πολύχρωμα καρέ κάτι διαφορετικό, κάτι πιο εκλεπτυσμένο. Όμως η φόρμα των κόμικς είναι συγκεκριμένη, ακολουθεί τις δικές της συμβάσεις και ό,τι κι αν ήταν ...more
Melissa
Please don't read this if you have a relationship with a significant other that is the slightest bit in question. My marriage is on pretty stable ground right now & this still depressed the heck out of me. While all the stories are lovely & extrememly well-written, they're also all about relationships going horribly wrong & people being sad or making others sad. I didn't find a lot of the fancy here that most reviews allude to, but that doesn't make this a bad book, just a bummer. Ha ...more
Rachel  Cassandra
Oct 08, 2007 Rachel Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the quirks
Shelves: shortstories
the pages of this particular book (i'm not sure if it's true of all the copies) were especially smooth and soft, as if the paper had been polished.
the stories were engaging, quirky, and i loved them. My favorite was "Happy fish, plus coin", but almost all the stories have moments and aspects I will remember for a long time. I was also intrigued in the fact that the stories sometimes had small connections between them- mentions of the same song or similar situations. The imagery was offbeat and
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Mia
Jul 10, 2013 Mia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really a review, more an anecdote about this book and my stupidity.

My cousin's husband had long been urging me to read the new Batman comics. At NYCC last year, I went to a Midtown Comics booth to get a Batman issue for Snyder to sign. Voodoo Heart was beside the Batman comics. I read VH about 3 years ago and never connected it to the guy writing the comics.

When I came up to him, I told him I read his book but didn't have it with me because it never occurred to me he was the very same guy. H
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Victor Giannini
Feb 08, 2013 Victor Giannini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Batman Fans
Recommended to Victor by: Scott Snyder
Before Scott Snyder exploded onto the comic scene, Voodoo Heart gripped me with it's surreal stories. Most fell into the realm of magical realism, even if only in feeling, yet all felt like heart break, leaving the reader grasping for a lost love of some sort, a person, an ideal, a place, as their heals give way in the dirt and they spiral down. It's also quite funny, I swear!

If you're a fan of his comic writing, pick this book up right now.
Kurt Dinan
Am reading this book of short stories now after reading a review of it by Stephen King.
Scott Foley
Feb 21, 2012 Scott Foley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up Voodoo Heart because I admire Snyder’s work on American Vampire. I was interested to see Snyder’s prose stand alone without a team of artists’ aid. For the most part, I found myself quite pleased.

Each and every one of Snyder’s stories in this collection is original and very well written. They all utilize well-rounded characters that instantly attach to the psyche and schema. My only complaint, however, is that nearly half of them ended with no real sense of resolution. I don’t necess
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Vincent
Nov 05, 2012 Vincent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
To be honest, "Voodoo Heart" was my least favorite story in Scott Snyder's collection, Voodoo Heart.

Voodoo Heart is a very well organized collection of stories from the writer of one of my recent favorite comic books, American Vampire. The title story marks (though in my opinion, not well) the climax of a series of stories exploring the notions of "attachment" to places, people, and things in 1930s America. Not to belabor the point, while "Voodoo Heart" might have been a good story presented in
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Ursula
Oct 20, 2010 Ursula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Voodoo Heart was both instructive and entertaining. Scientifically speaking, I learned about the maladapted Paranthropus, the anatomy of synthetic plants, and various other nuggets of information. The strongest stories of the collection where the last four: Voodoo Heart, Wreck, Dumpster Tuesday and The Star Attraction 1919. The characters in these four stories were compelling, and so authentic I nearly believed they existed outside of Snyder's imagination. As a writer, I often can spot contrived ...more
Chris
May 21, 2016 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of Snyder's graphic novel writing for years. He always has solid plots, interesting characters, and entertaining tales--even if some of them might be a bit too quickly paced. Still, I was curious about this fiction writing.

Honestly, I'm surprised to say that his fiction is as good--if not better--than his graphic novels. He can turn a phrase better than most, and every story has at least one moment that I was completely jealous of its setup and delivery.

Many short story collectio
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Emmett Spain
Dec 20, 2012 Emmett Spain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well written collection of 7 short stories, Snyder paints a whimsical, dark, absurd, and occasionally sad picture of men moving through their lives, generally nursing unhealthy obsessions. The prose is crisp and involving, the reveals perfectly paced. Snyder draws you in like a master - it's staggering to find out its a debut (though his quality has been shown with his American Vampire, Swamp Thing, and Batman comics work since). The only letdown to me were the endings of his stories, whi ...more
Kevin Yee
Dec 02, 2015 Kevin Yee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent collection, the stories worked so well with each other. Snyder has a way with creating concrete details while at the same time writing off-the-kilter characters in a wack world. Something always happens to the characters that make them go awry, and it is fascinating with each story here.
Sean
Jul 01, 2012 Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The current writer of DC Comics' Batman and Swamp Thing, Scott Snyder first wrote this taut collection of historical fiction short stories in '06. More literary than fantastic, most of the themes tackle 20-something romance at its most vulnerable. No dialogue or plot element is wasted here - everything congeals into an astounding whole by narrative's end. Pretty damn great.
Adam Padgett
Jan 01, 2017 Adam Padgett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed this book about ten years ago for a local newspaper, and now, on reflecting on my review, I really regret not giving this a much more glowing review. This is an excellent short story collection for those looking to read really great stories. Snyder captures a noir, pulpy, literary tone and style here that is absent in a lot of literary fiction. A fun read, fun stories.
Christopher
Feb 23, 2017 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply fantastic collection of short stories!
Michael Mariano
A picked this collection of short stories because Snyder is an accomplished writer in comics. The stories are well written and interesting. He doesn't finish them. I understand the "leave it to the imagination of the reader" idea, I just don't like it personally.
Justyn Rampa
Oct 23, 2011 Justyn Rampa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-fiction
So I've made it to the end of Scott Snyder's short story collection and for the most part I really enjoyed it. My favorite stories were "Happy Fish, Plus Coin", "Wreck", and "The Star Attraction of 1919". "Blue Yodel" and "Voodoo Heart" were in the middle. "About Face" and "Dumpster Tuesday" were my least favorite and that is mostly due to the sheer frustration the main character of each story caused me.

After reading each story, I could get a sense for the writing pattern Scott Snyder was in dur
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Hayden
Jan 11, 2012 Hayden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In his first (and so far only) literary outing, Scott Snyder takes us on a journey to the darkest and dustiest corners of America, with this handful of quirky stories that follow a group of men through their somewhat odd and dream-like lives.

I heard alot of praise going into this, but felt somewhat let down. The stories were entertaining and kept me enthralled, but I was kind left feeling empty by the open endings to every story. I get what he was trying to do, but they just didn't quite pack a
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Laryssa Wirstiuk
I bought this collection based on a commenter's tip posted on HTML Giant. The person had claimed that "Voodoo Heart", the title story in Scott Snyder's debut story collection, was the best story he/she had ever read.

I loved "Voodoo Heart" (I skipped to it first), but I found all the stories equally as heartbreaking, emotionally real, and challenging. Though realistic, these stories have enough fantastical, strange, and unlikely elements to make them seem suspended, like fog rising from a lake a
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Kai
Nov 01, 2014 Kai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a curious, eclectic little collection of stories. Voodoo Heart provides an engaging look at Snyder's work prior to his monumental partnership with DC as writer for Batman, Swamp Thing, and Vertigo's American Vampire. The prose of each story is straightforward while also displaying subtle humor and just a hint of something sinister. Every piece deals with (romantic) relationships in some form, creating a sort of progressive gradation as readers move from one story to the next. Yet it is the ...more
Jose
Mar 23, 2014 Jose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scott Snyder really does an amazing job at pulling you into a story but making you feel something for these characters. "Happy Fish, Plus Coin" "About Face" and "Voodoo Heart", the first three stories will break your heart, in particular. Every character in this book feels like a real person going through real things. These people have been through a hell of a lot of hardship and they're not always perfect.

Snyder's greatest strength is that he puts you in the mindset of these flawed people, but
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Krista
Dec 24, 2012 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been some time since I've read a book of short stories, and Voodoo Heart reminded me of how refreshing and inspiring they can be. Snyder's Voodoo Heart is held together by a faint steampunk theme and a series of male narrators who are dealing with the emotions of love. Snyder's prose is straightforward, but he employs some surprising metaphors and analogies to describe the narrator's feelings. The collection made me realize that it is rare for me to read (or choose) a book from the male per ...more
Matt
Apr 08, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recently, I've become more familiar with Scott Snyder's work in comics, particulary in the case of his current run on Batman and American Vampire. Voodoo Heart, his collection of short stories, is my first introduction to his work outside of comics, and it does not disappoint whatsoever. All of the stories within this collection focus on a bunch of quirky, heartwarming, and heartbreaking studies of characters who experience turning points in their lives. My personal favorite is the last one in t ...more
Brooke
Aug 11, 2016 Brooke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, here it goes. It looks like I am the first reviewer to give this book a one star rating.

To preface this: this is not the type of book that I typically read. I prefer novels over short stories.

With that being said, I disliked nearly every short story in this book. Each was a story about love (in one way or another) that had a terrible ending. I am a huge fan of realistic endings no matter how sad. I actually prefer stories to have an ending that you don't see coming- maybe a sad ending to
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unicorn
This piece of collected short stories was pretty entertaining. The writing was definitely of good quality. Each character was different from one another, which takes a talent of writing in order to pull off. Each story obviously had disheartening, relatively sad endings, a fact of reality. However, I would have enjoyed a couple stories to be done in a female's perspective. I also would have liked for the stories to have contained relatively different endings. Still relative to people, yet not fo ...more
Brian
Feb 26, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I have always been a fan of short stories but finding a good collection of short stories is so often hard. It's hard to put your finger on what but so many leave me wanting. This book did anything but. I eagerly await Scott Snyder's next work, having originally known him from comics I decided to give this a try and it is just outstanding. A collection of stories, all of them romances to a degree, all of them about one on one relationships. There is a general dissatisfaction at ...more
kori kayleen
Jan 07, 2017 kori kayleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetics-the-like
at first i didn't like short story collections because i have commitment issues but now i've realized that i love short story collections because i have commitment issues.
gritty & a gutpunch, the series that take event in each story are so far from normal until they aren't. somewhat bizarre settings, 1919 with a couple pilots who "barnstorm" for a living (yeah, google it. i had to.). another story is set in a dilapidated mansion conveniently located next door to a white collar women's priso
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Brian
Oct 13, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I like Scott Snyder more as a comic book writer than a prose writer haha. This book is very good (hence the 4 stars) and he does some beautiful writing but I find him to be more original in his comic work. I did like how all of the stories were just subtly off. There was no real fantasy or horror story. And they weren't quite as surreal as Benjamin Rosenbaum, Kelly Link, Jeffrey Ford etc. But almost all of them just had some slight strangeness to them. The characters were just slightly s ...more
Michael
I suppose you don't necessarily have to be a good prose writer in order to write comic books. I'm under the impression that it's most important to have good ideas, a good sense for a story'short pacing, and you must be able to adequately convey your ideas to an artist. I suppose those things are also, to some extent, the backbones of being a good prose writer. That being said, Scott Snyder can write prose. And, while I've been a fan of his comic books for years, I still found this somewhat surpr ...more
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Scott Snyder is the Eisner and Harvey Award winning writer on DC Comics Batman, Swamp Thing, and his original series for Vertigo, American Vampire. He is also the author of the short story collection, Voodoo Heart, published by the Dial Press in 2006. The paperback version was published in the summer of 2007.
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