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Island Fog

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Island Fog is a collection of linked short fictions by veteran storyteller John Vanderslice. The eleven stories of Island Fog are connected by both geography and theme. Every story is set on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, and together they span a period of Nantucket history from 1795 to 2005, with four different centuries represented. Some of the characters the reader me ...more
Paperback, First, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Lavender Ink
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Nancy Oakes
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I'm become very leery in the last few months at taking on works from a press I've never heard of, but in this case it was a gamble won. More than anything, I loved the disturbing tone of these tales that often (especially in the last story, "Island Fog") move into the realm of the strange; the historical aspect of this collection also appealed to me in a big way. It's definitely a book that will stay with me for a very long while.

There are eleven stories in this book that are united by the virt
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
A provoking literary collection of eleven short stories ranging from 1795 to the present all taking place on the intriguing island of Nantucket. Tethering the stories is an apparent psychological edge allowing the reader to enter the mind of the protagonists with an understanding of various epiphanies individual characters discover about themselves. Each story leaving the reader disquieted and bristled.

The first five stories are historical based addressing Quaker dominance, Native American rifts
Kathleen Kelly
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Island Fog Nantucket is an island south of Cape Cod, state of Massachusetts and this is where Island Fog takes place. A series of short stories that all take place on this island starting in 1795 to 2005. A chilling range of stories that feature believable characters, interesting plots and above all great writing. A very unique take on an island and it's people. The themes of the stories were about bigotry, jealousy, duplicity, greed, religious oppression, and murder. 
This is a book that you wi
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been looking for this book for months -- I keep telling everyone, I need some GOOD fiction-- something well crafted, with some heft, some gravitas, and maybe some surprise. Island Fog has all of that, and some good, dark New England history, characters, and, well, fog.
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
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of short stories - all engaging, some chilling, all giving a flavor of the place (consistent through the book) and the time (over a span of more than 200 years). Highly recommend.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Not what I expected at all. Each short story stands alone but the location ties them together over centuries. Some of the stories haunted me... I had to finish one in daylight .
Bill Lavender
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing

"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

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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
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Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I received this book in exchange for a honest review.

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
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
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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
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
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John Vanderslice's collection features eleven tales centered around the island of Nantucket and the people who live there. The first half are historical, the rest are set present day (more or less) and all of them excel in giving the reader a strong sense of the island and its residents.

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
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Island Fog is a collection of short stories that take place on the island of Nantucket off Massachusetts. The stories are written in chronological order. This allows the reader to follow the historical social and economic developments of Nantucket, which are, of course, also applicable to the American population in general. As a lover of all things historical, I found this approach interesting even though not every story was easy to read. The first story, for example, features religious bigotry. ...more
Sharon Martin
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
A series of short stories around Nantuckett island. The stories are told over two hundred years starting in 1795.

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
Oh My Bookness
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Island Fog by John Vanderslice is a collection of short stories set in Nantucket Island, Massachusetts spanning through the decades of 1795 to more present 2005. A collection of short stories, set in within a historical fiction setting with the first half of the book. With historical fiction the setting is the most important literary element. The reason for this is because the author is writing about a particular time in history so the information that he is writing about must be accurate, authe ...more
Stacey Jones
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! (Disclosure: The author is a creative writing prof in my MFA program and a friend.) I loved the idea of the stories all taking place on Nantucket, but this isn't a novel in stories; there are no linking characters except the island itself. The stories are all really different from each other, and yet all are fully realized and imagined, the characters very real, the conflicts and epiphanies relatable and compelling. I also enjoyed how Vanderslice separates the stories ...more
Tasha Mellins-Cohen
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it
I struggled to get into this book, but once I did my patience was rewarded. The stories are beautifully crafted, making use of language which at times borders on baroque. The way in which John Vanderslice links his separate stories is masterful, with echoes of Melville. Possibly because I was suffering from a nasty head-cold while reading Island Fog, the tales (to me) felt surreal and misty - not that this detracts from the pleasure, far from it. Maybe one to re-read when healthy!

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Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Vanderslice has written an engrossing collection of stories that spans a little over 200 years. Set in Nantucket, the tales cover the darker side of the beautiful little island and its inhabitants. Bigotry, jealousy, betrayal, greed, religious indifference, and murder are just a few of the topics covered in this evocative novel.

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
Victoria Brinius
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a group of stories and each one made me wonder. This is also the best time of year to read this book, just before Halloween. I usually read a story at a time, but these stories were woven together by their setting and I was pulled in to the isand and was curious what would happen next. It was hard for me to put this book down. I also really liked that the author had the stories advance through time. It was interesting to read how the people and times can move on, but the island never los ...more
Rachel Pollock
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed all the stories in this book except for the last one, which felt like it was from a different collection altogether. I think the first one was my favorite.
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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An interesting blend of short stories, I enjoyed visiting Nantucket through different centuries and enjoyed the historical aspect of the book.
Kate Miner
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
With each story, I became more and more engrossed in the landscape and the diverse characters and plots. Fantastic writing!
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John Vanderslice hails from southern Maryland, specifically the eccentric community of Moyaone, which was developed in the 1950sand 60s by a fearless crew of overeducated, wannabe hippies and anti-social survivalists escaping from Washington DC and its ruthlessly expanding white collar suburbs. After twelve years of Catholic schooling, and too many summers working as a lifeguard, he left the south ...more
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