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Average rating: 3.81 · 725 ratings · 136 reviews · 27 distinct works
Blood: Stories

4.15 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 2016 — 2 editions
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Logorrhea: Good Words Make ...

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Best American Fantasy

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The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes...

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Tainaron: Mail from Another...

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Matthew Cheney voted for Solo as Best Poetry in the Final Round of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards.
Solo by Kwame Alexander
Monstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie M. Liu
Christopher Wild by Kathe Koja
"CHRISTOPHER WILD is Kathe Koja's love letter to the great Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe. Marlowe wrote some of the finest plays of the 1590s, rivaling anything Shakespeare wrote at the same time. His plays are beautiful: extravagant,..." Read more of this review »
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Dust Devil on a Quiet Street by Richard Bowes
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Blood by Matthew Cheney
"These stories can be considered slipstream or interstitial, terms that are often more suggestive than defining as they point to an author that is not restricted by genre boundaries. Cheney's stories are immaculately crafted, always assured, move i..." Read more of this review »
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Vanishing Rooms by Melvin Dixon
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Meet Me in the Middle of the Air by Eric Schaller
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Eric Schaller's stories hover in between dreams and realities, making the real surreal and the surreal frightfully difficult to wake from. In the middle of the air we find (among other delusions and detritus) monsters, machines, and lost souls. These ...more
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Meet Me in the Middle of the Air by Eric Schaller
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Eric Schaller’s stories hover in between dreams and realities, making the real surreal and the surreal frightfully difficult to wake from. These stories are the work of a mad scientist writing in a single moment of sanity, or perhaps of a sane man ex ...more
Matthew Cheney and 446 other people liked Erica's review of Orientalism:
Orientalism by Edward W. Said
"The following is a true story:

Me, in a San Franscisco bar reading Orientalism.

The blonde girl next to me reading over my shoulder: "So what's Orientalism?"

I explain as best I can in a couple sentences.

Her: "There are so many isms in Asia - like B..." Read more of this review »
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“Fantasy is Queer. It imagines the world otherwise, and otherwise is where Queerness dwells. We, the queer, delight in our strange tales”
Matthew Cheney, Fantasy Magazine, December 2015: Queers Destroy Fantasy! Special Issue

“... I will travel south by rail across a high range of mountains, watching the narrow, somber valleys, rough and ragged, open out on either side of me, and I will see mountain streams rise among the rocks, crashing down in waves to the foothills, plunging under bridges as our train rushes over -- and a chilly wind will howl from the darkness, and all of us who are passengers will shiver, and we will cling to each other, living by each other's breaths, but then dawn will vanquish the darkness ...”
Matthew Cheney, Blood: Stories

“It is the business of the future to be dangerous; and it is among the merits of science that it equips the future for its duties.”
Alfred North Whitehead, Science and the Modern World

“Ruskin says that anyone who expects perfection from a work of art knows nothing of works of art. This is an appealing sentence that, so far as I can see, is not true about a few pictures and statues and pieces of music, short stories and short poems. Whether or not you expect perfection from them, you get it; at least, there is nothing in them that you would want changed. But what Ruskin says is true about novels: anyone who expects perfection from even the greatest novel knows nothing of novels.”
Randall Jarrell, No Other Book: Selected Essays

“He challenged the world with his genius, and the world defeated him by ignoring the challenge and starving him. He stopped writing because he had failed and because he had no choice but to accept the world’s terms: there is no mystery here. This was not insanity, but common sense.”
Raymond Weaver, The Shorter Novels of Herman Melville: Benito Cereno/Bartleby the Scrivener/The Encantadas, or Enchanted Isles/Billy Budd, Foretopman

“Use your imagination," I tell my students these days, "or someone else is going to use it for you.”
Ronald Sukenick, Down and in: Life in the Underground

“I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else.”
Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone around the World

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