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My rank order for Aimee Bender's books:
Willful Creatures - awesome!
An Invisible Sign of My Own - really good
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt - entertaining, and shows promise
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - really disappointing

I enjoyed these quirky stories and can see why this debut collection caused people to take notice of this young author. But the promise shown here is much more fully realized in her later short story collection, Willful Creatures. Here, many of the stories showed a sp
Jul 15, 2011 Alena rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Aimee Bender. These short stories are so beautiful and filled with emotion. Bender does not let the limits of "reality" or the confines of narrative structure interfere with her storytelling. How can you not love characters with hands of fire and ice, a high school mermaid who drinks beer through her hair, an atypical lonely librarian? Bender finds the humanity in each character and honesty in every situation she imagines.
Jul 05, 2011 Meg rated it it was amazing
One of the best short story collections I have ever read. Aimee Bender does something with language, story structure and brevity that nobody else is doing today. I loved how some many of her stories were set up in this traditional fariy tale introduction, and the main characters always hinted towards the trapped, the perverse and the unknown. Beautifully rendered and engaging, these are stories I will come back to again and again.
May 17, 2008 Pamela rated it liked it
Aimee Bender writes effortless stories, which is kind of a backhanded compliment. These stories are entertaining, but they're also willfully quirky in a scattershot kind of way—a quality that grates after a few stories read in quick succession. There's no doubt in my mind of Bender's skill, but I'd like to see her focus her wit towards a more sustained narrative, where the quirks and the sex have to MEAN something.
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Jun 28, 2011 Ela Kaimo rated it really liked it
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Anyone who loves good fiction should pick up Aimee Bender's books. This one, like all her stories, is funny, eccentric, and achingly sad simultaneously. It's unique yet feels familiar—truly amazing.
Ashley Lin
May 23, 2008 Ashley Lin rated it really liked it
A series of whacky, short stories with a lot of meaning behind them. I really liked it and it led me to read more of Aimee Bender's works.
Matthew Allard
Mar 30, 2010 Matthew Allard rated it it was ok
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Sep 14, 2007 John Kupper rated it it was amazing
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