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The Melancholy of Anatomy by Shelley Jackson
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Apr 01, 09

bookshelves: 2007-2009, short-fiction
Read from March 12 to 31, 2009

April 2009

Shelley Jackson dismembers the body and scatters its parts across the land, so that sperm and fetuses (feti?) float freely and willfully; vast fields of nerve clusters cover the Great Plains, the oceans teem with milk, and the earth itself bleeds once a month.

Overall, the ideas presented here are weird and fascinating--as ideas, that is. The stories themselves don't quite hold up, and start to sound repetitive after a while. Cancer or fat or an egg appear in the house, grow, start to take over, repeat. I started to lose interest after a while. None of the stories are bad, though; the ideas are still pretty interesting. "Foetus" and "Blood" are probably the best of the collection.
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