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Imagine for a moment that you go into the up-scale liquor store around the block that is celebrated city-wide for its fabulous wine selection. You're ...more
Jul 15, 2010
Jun 18, 2008
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse
A tightly themed, well executed collection: Wastelands captures our apocalypse fears and fantasies equally well and sometimes even simultaneously.

Feb 10, 2008
Aug 29, 2007
Brave New Worlds
If I rate the anthology as a whole using my usual "as the average of the contributions" system, then Brave New Worlds gets a composite rating of 4.030 ...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
A solid ★★★★ and damn near close to ★★★★★ that we'll settle for ★★★★½. But then again, I'm a serious Sedaris fiend.

When You Are Engulfed In Flames mak
Jul 08, 2008
Jun 07, 2008
In many ways, I've started to come to believe that you can't go wrong with a John Joseph Adams' collection. Wastelands was incredible, The Living De ...more
Dec 02, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
This collection is about two short stories shy of a perfect "10". That said, for anyone that wants to cut their teeth on some DFW before taking the I ...more
Aug 25, 2012
Jun 29, 2007
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
If you must, you may call it jealousy, but there is no getting around the fact that if someone had read my essays during college, and then paid me to ...more
Jun 26, 2011
May 13, 2008
Burning Chrome
Take this and the collection Mirrorshades (edited by Bruce Sterling and you will have the definitive "cyberpunk" short story collection.

Burning Chrome
Aug 14, 2011
Jun 27, 2007
Selected Stories
Overall, a very strong and representative collection of PKD's short stories. These shorts in this binding include a lot of old favorites that are arra ...more
Mar 14, 2008
Mar 14, 2008
Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills
As a relatively new climber (i.e., as of this writing, I've been climbing about 7 months), I found that this was a good introductory text to keep arou ...more
Apr 25, 2008
Nov 21, 2007
Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
A battered copy lives in my nightstand at all times. Between novels, I always come back to this, flipping through the pages until a word catches my ey ...more
Jun 1997
Jun 27, 2007
A couple of gems in here though it's not nearly as stellar as Me Talk Pretty One Day . Still, I keep this one handy for those nights between novels.

Oct 1999
Jun 27, 2007
Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less
A quick read with some funny Twitter-ized parodies of famous books. The parodies are probably funnier if you're familiar with the original stories. Ma ...more
Mar 28, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
Rated Individually:
• "Patterns" ★★★★★
• "Eenie, Meenie, Ipsateenie" ★★★
• "Vengeance Is Yours" ★★★
• "The Day The Martels Got The Cable" ★★★★
• "Roadside
Aug 1997
Jun 29, 2007
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
I'm between 4 and 5 stars on this one... There are a couple of stories that don't "do it" for me, stories that I more/less regard as filler for the bi ...more
Mar 2005
Jun 27, 2007
Wild Ducks Flying Backward
A fun collection of Tom Robbins' short work. Essays, short stories, poems... (Well, I don't much care for poems...) Generally fun and a good follow-up ...more
Dec 2005
Jun 29, 2007
Me Talk Pretty One Day
I keep this book on my nightstand at all times. Every essay in here is a true gem, a work of art. This collection is testament enough that David Sedar ...more
Feb 2003
Jun 27, 2007
Barrel Fever
Two or three noteworthy shorts; the rest are middling. Worth having, if only for the story about smoking.
Oct 1999
Jun 27, 2007
Bluebeard's Egg
Jan 2006
Jun 27, 2007
Franz Kafka: The Complete Stories
not set
Jun 11, 2008
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