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Stories V!

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  311 ratings  ·  55 reviews
The final installment of Scott McClanahan's collections of short stories, following Stories and Stories II.
Paperback, 140 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Holler Presents
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Janie C.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Each story I read by Scott McClanahan transports me to a world of other people. I hear their voices and I feel their stolid glances. I pass by and the words that I hear will resonate forever.
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Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Don't read this book. Scott rips through each page and pokes you in the chest with bully fingers while you read it. He also yells at you. WHILE YOU ARE READING IT. He challenges you in a not nice way. If you like Scott on a personal level, you might be okay with all of his shenanigans. Maybe you are used to them. Maybe he invited you to dinner once and belittled you into finishing the casserole you weren't too fond of because "Sarah worked all day making that fucking casserole!" And so you asked ...more
M. Sarki
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The short stories of Scott McClanahan are sometimes wonders to behold. He has within himself a childlike wonder of the world, even though he has lived, it seems, in a much different reality than most of us are faced with. His is a harsh environment with extreme characters roaming around in it. But McClanahan has made the most of it in his relating these stories meant to shed new and different light on what is often considered a frightening existence. While reading each of these stories I felt a ...more
Sarah Etter
May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
hearing scott mclanahan read a story is probably going to make you cry. and i don't mean that in a bad way. what i mean is, he is probably going to have the story half-memorized and probably going to sing southern hymns and probably going to end by reminding you that you are not dead and then press play on a boom box and dance a very slow waltz with a woman in a way that will definitely make you cry and then you will sit up and write a review about his book while someone is asleep in your bed an ...more
Roy Kesey
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I know very few young writers as strong in their remits as McClanahan is in his. Such quick shifts, such rock-solid voicing. What a pleasure, these stories.

Some favored bits:

"I told her I was the fucking king of putt putt golf and she would fall in love with me once she saw my mad putt putt golfing skills."

"All stories told by a man with a woman in it are always about the men who are telling it. So I won’t leave you with a story. I’ll leave you with a letter—a letter written to ghosts. I am writ
Kyle Muntz
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another really nice collection, though this one feels more like a b-sides to the first two, sort of like McClanahan's farewell to short stories. They mostly seemed to be a bit longer, with subtler arcs, and dealt with broader social themes. I'm pretty sure I've read all of his published books, and there's a really elaborate picture of McClahan's life building up; he's covered his childhood in quite a bit of depth, but I'm really looking forward to The Sarah Book, which sounds like its going to b ...more
I get to see Scott McClanahan read IN PERSON really soon. It's gonna be like seeing Nirvana or the Beatles or Willie Nelson, or maybe all of them combined in a great soup! After each of the first couple of stories, I though to myself: I hope he reads that one. And then after the next few: I hope he reads those too. After the next one... you get the picture.
I want to hear him read the whole damn book!
Scott's stories are great and weird and sweet and kinda disturbing and the way he puts them on
Caleb Ross
I am going to say this upfront: With Stories V! Scott McClanahan has officially wedged himself into the canon. But which canon. The American Southern oral canon? Yes. The small press indie fiction canon? Yes. The Appalachian hipster canon. That too. McClanahan has always delivered. His first collection, Stories, described the real down-and-out American south beautifully. Stories II, true to its sequential title, continued and strengthened McClanahan’s role as an official voice of the South. Then ...more
Adam Lauver
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"or maybe I'm writing to my own ghost because all stories about ghosts are always about the ghost who is writing them."

McClanahan writes words that when you read them for the very first time you feel like they're haunted and that they must have been haunted for a long long time before they were ever written.

and then you feel like you must have been haunted for a long long time too, before the words, without knowing it.
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is wonderful and builds on the excellence of its predecessors. Scott does not disappoint with his insightful stories told in a unique, authentic voice. Each story blends humor and wisdom and chronicles the often difficult, awkward process of becoming a good man. I did not want this book to end.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'll never be this beautiful but I'll try.
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love the sense of magic I get when I read McClanahan's prose. I don't mean magic as in magical happenings, but something more like a sense of wonder that is often blended with sadness and tenderness. I'm probably just babbling, but it's what I think. In any event, these are some great stories.
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I get a similar feeling at the end of every Scott McClanahan book. With a big smile, I realize that an entire book has flowed through me before I knew it. Truly great storytelling, this is deceptive in it's simplicity. His writing seems so effortless. I recommend any of his books.
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another fine, fine offering. Run, don't walk to your nearest local internet...
Nov 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Scott Cumming
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scott McClanahan and his (supposedly?) aurobiographical stories are totally unique and never fail to put a smile on my face. It's hard to break down what the stories are about and what my favoruites were because the nature of the book means they mesh together into one story that is essentially about Scott, life and the nature of the world. Give it a try and you'll see what I mean.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Scott's a niche author who experiments with the same kind of dry wit and observation that's only comparable to Chuck Palahniuk or Sam Pink. If you're into little nuggets of curiosity in the world of short fiction, you'll totally dig this. Regular readers of fiction may find his stories a bit terse, however, which may be a turn off. An additional gift: Stories V! is available on Kindle Unlimited!
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Scott McClanahan and his works are like the guy in high school your dad demanded you stay away from, but you just can't. He's hilarious, deep, heartbreaking. You cringe, yet you can't turn away because he is everything.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Scott McClanahan's ability to blur fiction and non-fiction so smoothly messes me up. I feel like all of these stories are so true and so incapable of happening at the same time. This is a quick read, but I'll be returning to it often.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Not as good as his first collection of short stories but there are still some real gems in here
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Boy, put that liquor down and get me my gun
Shelves: small-press
If you've read my review of Stories II, you know I'm a fan of Scott McClanahan, and his beautifully surreal reading at Vermin on the Mount at Mie N Yu in Washington, D.C. cemented my admiration.

Sean Carswell, my publisher at Gorsky Press, once told me that if he was in charge of an MFA program he'd gather all the applicants in a bar and admit the candidates who told the best stories. Or at least throw at the ones without stories to tell. McClanahan would thrive in Mr. Carswell's program.

Mark Staniforth
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
You'd be seriously hard-pushed to find a better value book all year: the Kindle version was no more than a couple of dollars/pounds (in fact, it currently seems to be free!)
Stories V! is a collection of experimental short fictions by Scott McClanahan, and the first available as an e-book.
There are some searingly good stories here, not least Jenny Sugar, a gut-wrenching sad story of a kid trying and failing to cope with the tragic death of a class-mate, and Nicky, in which the author struggles to
Charlie L
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Awesome collection of stories. Great with endings, especially the double-endings that change the dynamic of the collection pretty well (creating uncertainty: first, "Is that really the ending?" and then, later: "Well, this must have a second ending...." Also has great and surprising shifts that suddenly make the stories much more significant. My only criticism is that their shortness does suggest a lack of something: the stories don't go quite far enough. The stories do go through an arc, but I' ...more
Gavin Breeden
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
(First I want to note that the book cover has nothing to do whatsoever with the stories. I think it's a joke.) Here's a collection of bizarre stories of small-town life. The narrator of these stories is also named Scott McClanahan and so the lines between fiction and reality are pretty blurred here, which is fun. In tone these stories are like cousins to the Southern Gothic stuff. Weird people doing strange things in West Virginia fill these pages. Not all the stories were mind-blowing, but the ...more
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, favorites

This past Saturday I managed to catch the Future Dead Friends tour when it stopped in Indianapolis. The last writer to read was some guy named Scott McClanahan. I didn't know who he was, and I was ready to start the long trip back home. The show had started late and I was getting tired. But then this Scott McClanahan guy started talking and just made me forget all of that. What a storyteller!
Afterwards I bought this book from a table at the back of the room. I just finished reading it this mor
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
this was a good book that does a nice job of having little bits that set up the other stories and also these weird parts after this perfectly good story is done that goes like ALSO MONTHS LATER THIS OTHER THING HAPPENED TO ALSO END THIS STORY so you can take them or leave them but why not take them? life isn't precious and neither are books or stories, they're parts of out lives and the shift and change whether we want them to or not, and then we have to deal with it, and that's amazing, that's ...more
Stacey Teague
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
there was a part in 'mary the cleaning lady' that made me cry:

"There would only be the two of us licking our ice cream cones and knowing there were good things in this world too. It was hard to believe, but there were."

it made me cry because earlier in the story it showed Mary's dad and how he was dying and he was being horrible to her because he had forgotten who he was. it made me think that whatever shitty things there are in this world, the capacity for humans to be positive, to recognize th
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, tire-fire, 5
these stories come from some pure voice of pain and transformation. i can hear them in scott's voice, his southern accent and lilting way of talking as he walks around the room, sometimes speeding through the dialogue and sometimes taking you   s   l  o   w       s      l      o     w      through the words so that you feel them and you feel them.
i just wish this collection would have been longer so that it would go on and on.
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book immediately after reading Stores I and Stories II. And I picked up all the rest of his books and I expect finish them very soon.

The way Scott McClanahan tells these stories is elegant without being self-absorbed and eloquent without being pretentious. It's as if he's somehow able to cut out the rigamarole of having to communicate an idea to you, and instead, the ideas and concomitant emotions just appear in your mind. Reading these stories is as engaging as catching up with
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
With Scott the question isn't whether the work is good, it is, always, or even maybe whether he's one of our best short story writers, he is, but making sense of what he does, story after story, as they blend together into one long narrative about a guy named Scott, who we now think we know, and we might, because we know someone named Scott, and we know his stories, the ones he has shared anyway, and it's good, all of it.
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Scott McClanahan (born June 24, 1978) is an American writer, filmmaker, and martial artist. He lives in Beckley, West Virginia and is the author of eight books. His most recent book, The Sarah Book, was featured in Rolling Stone, Village Voice, and Playboy. NPR called the book "brave, triumphant and beautiful — it reads like a fever dream, and it feels like a miracle." McClanahan is also a co-foun ...more
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