There are eleven stories in this book that are united by the virt ...more
The first five stories are historical based addressing Quaker dominance, Native American rifts ...more
This is a book that you wi ...more
This collection of stories, all set on Nantucket Island between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries is the kind of book that makes you jealous of its author. It's one of the books you wish you'd written, or even been abl ...more
"This island feels like some mad doctor’s lab experiment”—so says one of the fictional residents of Nantucket Island, the setting of John Vanderslice’s extraordinary story collection Island Fog. But Vanderslice is by no means a mad doctor, though he is definitely one insanely talented writer. In the eleven literary experiments that comprise his book, he brilliantly parses the soul of America from 1795 to 2005 through the microcosm of Nantucket Island. To borrow the words of yet another of his ch...more
Ten Second Synopsis:
A collection of stories centering around Nantucket and its residents, stretching from the 1800s to roughly today. Intrigue, manipulation and emotion are weaved through each story.
I read a reasonable amount of short story collections and the thing that really stood out for me about Island Fog was the way that each story held its own as part of the group. In fact, each story felt like a nov ...more
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where to begin. First this book is amazing. John Vanderslice has created stories that have the musings of Hitchcock and even in some instances Twilight Zone while giving the stylistic writing of Edgar Allen Poe. Very chilling and very engaging. How can I say the musing of Hitchcock and Twilight Zone well some of the stories will remind you of movies and shows of Hitchocks and others have that feel of the twilight zone where you feel you have b ...more
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Island Fog by John Vanderslice is an intriguing and dark collection of eleven short stories and since I enjoy the darker side of things I enjoyed it. The stories of Island Fog are linked together by the setting of Nantucket Island and the theme of the stories themselves and they range from 1795 to 2005 so the historical aspect of this collection is especially interesting. Island Fog is a novel to savor slowly – pick it up, re ...more
From early whalers and their widows, Quakers, Congregationlists, and Native Americans to a widowed plumber, an expectant father, and more, Vanderslice offers up snapshots of life through the eyes of a variety of ...more
The style of writing reminds of John Steinbeck and Conan Doyle, very unique and keeps the reader totally enrapt. As you follow the series the descriptive narrative paints an excellent image, the nostalgia involved in some of the tales reminds me of my childhood and as we move through the years, the changes in society and the movement of people it is very poignant. The novelist always ...more
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The chronological order in which this is written makes it a bitter reminder that mankind has advanced in many ways, but there are some things that will never change. Beli ...more