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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  447 ratings  ·  60 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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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
Nov 25, 2007 Rachel Cassandra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Victor Giannini
Feb 08, 2013 Victor Giannini rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
Kurt Dinan
Am reading this book of short stories now after reading a review of it by Stephen King.
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
Scott Foley
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
Fletcher Wortmann
One of most frustrating things about studying literature in college is that it robs a lot of the magic from fiction. You get a sense of how everything fits together, you understand how certain ideas and techniques combine to achieve a certain effect, and it starts to feel more like engineering than art. So the highest complement I can pay Scott Snyder is that the stories in Voodoo Heart all left me pleasantly baffled. There's always something that doesn't quite fit, some effect you couldn't anti ...more
Justyn Rampa
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Emmett Spain
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
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
This is one of the best collections of short stories I have read in a long time. Scott Snyder takes seemingly ordinary characters, gives them unique and slightly offbeat voices and then lets their actions transform them. Heartbreaking moments are interspersed with moments of profound transformation to give the collection a completeness that is often missing from short story collections.

I love it when a novel or a story takes me so far outside of myself that I have trouble figuring out where I a
Adam Bender
A fun collection of short stories by up and coming writer Scott Snyder. I dig his comics (especially his work on Batman and Swamp Thing) so I thought I'd check out his short story collection. The results are mixed. I really enjoyed many of the stories here -- there's a darkness to his stories that is very compelling, and I love his asides with interesting/weird facts about animals, history and other subjects. But I would have cut the second and third stories here, which lack the hooks of the oth ...more
Don Gubler
Creative and strange. There are a couple of endearing stories in an odd way.
Kelsey Jacobs
I've read Scott Snyder's Batman, Swamp Thing, and American Vampire, and deeply enjoyed and admired his writing in all; I've wanted to read VH but it was the Fatman on Batman podcast that really inspired me to read VH.

Short stories aren't typically my cup of tea, but the strong writing, emotions, and characters just poured from the page. I think my favorites were About Face, Voodoo Heart, and the Star Attraction of 1919, though all are good. Highly recommended for the pursuer of Literature or the
The NYT review of Voodoo Heart rightly questioned whether--despite the fact that a lot of these stories are "well-made and inventive" and have an "admirable" boldness--the book is really alive. Snyder's overeagerness to impress (and he does impress in pieces like "Blue Yodel" and "The Star Attraction of 1919") is balanced by some of his elegant writing, though the book has one too many moments that are too tender and too sweet to be taken at face value.
I've heard great things about what Scott Snyder is doing for the Batman comics so I thought I would read this while waiting for the trades. I liked the stories and the way the flowed. I don't understand having to use vulgar words, especially the f-bomb in stories and so that really bugged me about his writing. The stories were really good but the language, for the most part, was unnecessary so that is why I give it a 3 star rating.
My dad lent this to me and I picked it up recently when I was unwell and needed a read that wouldn’t challenge my brain too much. This didn’t, but it did challenge my little heart just a bit, just enough for a book you can bliss out to and not have to think too much. This collection of short stories is about solitary humans grappling with relationships, people leaving or people being left.
I had such high hopes for this book. Cute, quirky...I was hoping for a new favorite like Tom Robbins or Tim Sandlin. But, alas, I was bored after the first few stories. All the elements were there--the unusual characters, the bizarre but meaningful situations, the off-the-wall locales--but it just didn't come together for me. I'll keep this around for a while, though, just in case.
Well written, just not to my taste.
I loved this! It had been awhile since I'd read some short stories, and this was perfect for my end-of-the-semester attention span. :P And I'm super excited that Scott Snyder apparently teaches at Columbia! I'm definitely hoping to take his class sometime. My favorites were "Happy Fish Plus Coin" and the title story, "Voodoo Heart."
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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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