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Her Fingers

(New Bizarro Author Series)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  24 reviews
A red-haired witch with steel fingers, dragged unconscious from the currents of the Adrenaline River. An isolated researcher suffering from a disease called the Gag. Covens of stoned witches dancing to techno in the forest. A punk whose specialty is replacing body parts with metal replicas. Sleepwalkers who don’t want to wake. Trees hiding a filthy secret—the result of a p ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published November 2012 by Eraserhead Press
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Dan Schwent
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarro, 2013
When a bionic red haired witch washed up from the Adrenaline River near his house, Volatile nurses her back to health and chooses to reveal some fundamental truths about the world to her. But will the truth destroy them both?

The 2012-2013 New Bizarro Author Series rolls on. Tamera Romero has been a friend of mine on Goodreads for years but I've had little interaction with her apart from reading her reviews. Also, I miss her old avatar photo where she's pretending her hands are goggles. Anyway, s
Víctor Martín-Pozuelo
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Este va de brujas amnésicas, fantasía original, enfermedades incurables, mundos extraños, jebi metal y es cortito, se lee de una sentada.

Hay un personaje que tiene el rabo de metal, porque es la moda entre la juventud hacerse implantes de steel and merol, y cuando le preguntan a su novia que cómo es eso ella dice que frío y caliente al mismo tiempo.

Vamos, que muy bien.
Tamara Romero
Dec 01, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay. I wrote this one.
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
It seems appropriate that I read this book while waiting for the blurry-ness and stupidity of vistaril to leave my system. If you're inclined to partake in substances that change your perception of reality, you'll super enjoy this book.

It starts off like a lovely fairy tale-esq dream, filled with bionic people. android doll assistants, interesting drugs, and witches. Everyone in this world has 3 names. You might not know all three. Who you call Catbus, might be known as Hamster to someone else.

Anita Dalton
Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it
You can read my entire discussion here.

Review snippet: The story is about witches who have become persecuted and deals with the specific experiences of a witch called Misadora. Misadora has several other names in this book, and given that several other characters have several other names, I lost the thread of who was who several times, which makes it difficult to write a good plot synopsis. At any rate, a man called Volatile finds Misadora floating in a river after she is attacked. He takes her
Jeremy Maddux
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Her Fingers by Tamara Romero has been nothing short of an 'edge-of-my-seat' fairy tale, which is not what I am accustomed to looking for in fairy tales to begin with. It's got bionic witches on drugs, a river called the Adrenaline, three foot helper robots, sleepwalkers fighting to wake up, hybrid animals like swanwolves and fishsquirrels, rings that return to their owners and the theory of Pain Energy. I'll be very sad if she doesn't graduate from her probation period in the New Bizarro Authors ...more
Dec 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Ya broke my heart, Tamara.

I have to state something to start off. In reading Her Fingers by Tamara Romero, it's quite possible that I simply didn't get it. There's a strong feeling that it's the kind of book that requires more than one read through, and despite its short length I simple haven't had the time to give it a second read. However, it is not at the point where I can simply turn a blind eye to this book's issues, so this deserves a more detailed explanation.

Her Fingers is described on t
Miquel Codony
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Con sesenta páginas escasas, Her Fingers tensa al máximo los límites que le impone su brevedad al empaquetar densamente una cantidad de ideas que son un homenaje a la imaginación fértil de su autora. Esta riqueza imaginativa es a la vez la mayor virtud y el principal problema del texto, que solo gracias a su enfoque no lineal de la construcción del mundo, al ritmo de la narración y a su voluntad de crítica social evita ahogarse en la superficialidad. En las páginas repletas de metáforas de Her F ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Her Fingers is a fascinating novella, which blends fantasy and science fiction in a way that, despite the added weirdness, works really well. Romero crams a lot to unpack into 60-odd pages, but I'm finding it hard to get an actual grip on what to talk about. There is the very creepy authoritarian government, which has institute substituted, legalised drug use to keep its populace from thinking to deeply about its actions and saddles everyone who does classified research with a minder to prevent ...more
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lyrical, mythical, beautiful. Her Fingers is a prime example that bizarro is a genre to try out and not one to make assumptions about. Its not simply bizarre for the sake of being bizarre. Okay sometimes it is but sometimes it's horror, satire, crazy, zany, witty, funny, brilliant, in the case of Her Fingers its profound and mesmerizing. I adored Her Fingers it is told in alternating points of view by two character's. Most impressive is how such a short story about 50-60 pages includes their tal ...more
Marina Lamanuzzi
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Me ha gustado mucho, me he quedado con la sensación de 'ojalá fuese una novela'.
J.W. Wargo
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Id Says:
PPPPPWAAAAAAZZZZZOOOOOOOOO!!!!! NEW New Bizarro Author Books?? FUCK YEAH!! Oh my gosh and this ones about fingers! And red hair! And white skin and dress!

She's a witch. Her name is Misadora. Her name is also Lex. Her name is also Ethereal. Her name isn't Volatile. That's the name of the man who finds her drifting down the river, unconscious. Volatile hides her in the cabin he lives in while doing research for the government. He has to keep the Pink Swan from finding out she's there. The
Michael Allen Rose
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
According to ancient Yimlan tradition, you need to say your three names at the beginning of an encounter with someone who has saved, or is going to, save your life. With this simple piece of imagined folklore as its base, Tamara Romero weaves an intricate and fragile tale that mixes witches and technology, druidism and drug addiction, bionics and magic in Her Fingers. The book is peppered throughout with little aphorisms like this, bits and pieces of legend from the world of the story. Romero us ...more
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reseña publicada originalmente en Luchando contra el Duende de la Perversidad

Her Fingers viene a ser un claro ejemplo de que uno no es profeta en su tierra y de que en el mercado editorial en español hay cosas que fallan. Tamara Romero escribió esta historia en castellano, pero la salida que tuvo fue en Eraserhead Press (una editorial independiente americana especializada en Bizarro) al traducirla en inglés. A pesar de que hay grandes obras de la literatura que tienen un formato breve en este pa

Daniel Vlasaty
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Her Fingers is a quiet little Bizarro book. And I loved everything about it. In the Editor’s Note Kevin Shamel says that it is not a fairy tale. And it is not a fairy tale. But it almost is. It has the feel of a fairy tale. It is dark and mystical and beautiful.

Her Fingers follows Misadora. She is also called Lex and Ethereal. She is a witch. She is found, unconscious, floating in the Adrenaline River. Her bright red hair, white dress, and metal fingers. She can’t remember anything. The man who
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lo primero que me viene a la cabeza tras acabar Her Fingers es "quiero más". Quiero más de ese mundo fantástico y atrayente, quiero saber más de las brujas, los sleepwalkers, la dictadura y todos los personajes y conceptos que se agolpan en su poco más de medio centenar de páginas. Porque para mí es este mundo imaginado por Tamara Romero el verdadero protagonista de la novela.

Pero si la ambientación me fascinó, en cambio me costó conectar con los personajes. Su historia me interesaba sólo en la
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wish this one was longer. Cramming so much information and world building into so few pages is what probably makes it a bizarro book. I have the feeling that had it been longer, twice or thrice its current length, it would have been a damn good sci-fi novel.

Or maybe it could be the prologue of a much larger book. I don't know. I want more of this story, this world, and I feel robbed that there's nothing.
Michael LeSueur
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
You had me at Ophelia(I have an unusual fascination with portaits of Ophelia)! This book was dark, beautiful magic: A drugged-up blend of sci-fi, fantasy, and everything in between (with a healthy serving of delicious wordage). Tamara never ceased to please, for every page was filled with more interesting world-quirks than the last! A vivid fever-dream, and one I would be more than willing to experience again!
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great, simply great...

This is the feeling you get when you finish the reading.
If you like fantasy, a little twist of horror and a mix of some Sci-fi, you'll like this short novel.

Tamara... espero que tengas algo más en la recámara, porque he disfrutado mucho con este libro.

Maybe one day we'll see a spanish version published. That'd be great ;)
Donald Armfield
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro, fantasy, own
A woman dragged out of the water by a scientist learns what she has found is a witch. With steel fingers after a group of hatchet man chopped her real fingers off. Volatile the name she used for the encounter learns the lady she saved is only half of it.

A dimension with a bizarro twist of pink spy swans, living trees and stoned witches dancing to techno. Interesting read.
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great afternoon read. A little bizarro fairy tale.
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Una pequeña y bizarra historia sobre la explotación y el control social. Muy interesante.
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Tamara Romero was born in Barcelona and writes speculative and horror fiction. Her Fingers (Eraserhead Press, 2012) is her first book. She also wrote, in Spanish, Brújula y murciélago, La momia y la niñera and the story collection Cuarto acercamiento al ovni, among others. Her short fiction has been featured in Presencia Humana, The Barcelona Review, Strange Horizons or Combustible Lovecraft. Her ...more

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