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Joanna
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...more
Alena
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.
Meg
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.
Pamela
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.
Ela Kaimo
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
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.
Christine
Jun 03, 2011 Christine is currently reading it
Marie Wreath
May 09, 2011 Marie Wreath marked it as to-read
Ioanna
Jan 11, 2013 Ioanna marked it as to-read
Don
Sep 01, 2011 Don marked it as to-read
Amber Lessa
Feb 16, 2009 Amber Lessa marked it as to-read