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Babylon and Other Stories by Alix Ohlin
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May 21, 12

bookshelves: realistic, 2012-spring
Read in May, 2012

First off, awesome cover.

Second: I have mixed feelings about this collection. While I was reading them, I occasionally thought "this is like In the Forest of Forgetting", which is a high compliment for me. But then, the "suburbia is ugly underneath" line got repetitive, and the flashes of the fantastic (though there is no overt fantasy in this book) got fewer and farther between. It seems a lot of the contemporary short stories I've read have the same ethereal, esoteric tone.

Favorites: "A Theory of Entropy", "Land of the Midnight Sun".

Made me want to sit down and write short stories, one after another, each different and beautiful, like china plates or gelato flavors.

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