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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for LIterature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

As I've mentioned here many times before, I'm not much of a fan of story collections, and in fact don't particularly care for short fiction in general, mostly because of the wispy nature of the format to begin with; it seems in fact like every time I finally reach the point of getting emotionally inv...more
Jason Jordan
"Bad Monkey, a 153-page collection of realist fiction, is Curtis Smith’s sixth book. From the outset, it’s evident that the author is skilled and experienced, because 'The Girl in the Halo,' a story about a missing person, is rich in specific detail, description, and narrative know-how. Interestingly, while the piece sets the somber tenor of the compilation, it’s also in second person. Is it an effective lead-in? Yes and no. Though it has many positive qualities, as mentioned above, if you’ve re...more
Tara
This collection will go down as a favorite for me. Starting each new story by Smith is like getting on a carnival ride--you have that mix of excitement and anticipation and a bit of delicious fear about where the ride will take you. The opening story, "The Girl in the Halo," is one of the most subtly rendered, haunting stories I've ever read.
Michael Smith
Dec 14, 2012 Michael Smith marked it as to-read