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Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee: 44 Stories

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  133 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
The 44 stories of Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee—long-awaited by fans of Tate’s poetry—will come as a welcome surprise to readers unfamiliar with his previous work. Tate seems both awed and bemused by small town life, with its legends, flights of fancy, heightened emotions, tragedies and small ruptures in the fabric of ordinary existence.
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Wave Books (first published October 31st 2001)
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Clark
May 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: made-ups
Not one of my favorites by one of my favorites.
Jay
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
beautifully, oddly normal
Hans Gerwitz
Oct 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shorts, fiction
A good movie can, over an hour or two, share a story with you. It feeds your senses with inputs that both tickle your perception and build a model world that engages your emotions. When I walk away from a movie, I don't retain many details (my episodic memory is weak) but the "feel" of the story sticks with me.

A good painting or photograph, on the other hand, can affect me similarly without telling a lengthy story. The result is just as satisfying, even if not entertaining for as long.

These "sto
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Rachael
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
James Tate is a very creative and original writer. His stories are entertaining and unexpected. But while I liked the characters and their situations, I found that a lot of his characters started to be the same. Also, I understand that short stories don't have to end conclusively or anything like that, but often these stories ended so abruptly they didn't even leave room for conjecture. All in all I love the way Tate writes but I can't say individually that any of his stories were mindbogglingly ...more
Victor
Jan 22, 2016 added it
I was drawn to Tate from a prose poem the Paris Review posted after his death last year and was excited to learn he had a collection of short stories. Unfortunately, it didn't really live up to my expectations; most of the stories are, at best, very very average. I struggle to even remember the ones I read just this morning. "Robes" and "Manson" stand out somewhat.
Gary
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
44 stories at about 25 cents each, well written, with a quirky yet depressing sense of humor. You'll find yourself absorbed into the voice without realizing it, and then, one day, you'll start talking like Rodney Dangerfield.
Shaun Gannon
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
There were a few endings that were like 'ok, that's not an ending,' but others were very similar that felt perfect for the story. Plan to re-read this later and see why some worked for me and others didn't
Trinie
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of my all time faves...I bow down to this book.
Tom Romig
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Come one, come all for offbeat characters and a twist in every plot! James Tate has a talent for revealing the absurd that's all around us. Always funny, often touching.
Darby Larson
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
clean, not necessarily extraordinary
Clay Banes
Jun 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
circa 2007, james tate's who-knew-whom credibility is probably low. okay, really low. but his weirdness stands well against anybody's weirdness, and in most times it's taller.
Rick
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
He was one of my writing heroes, but
these stories don't approach the humor
or absurdist edge of his best poetry.
R.I.P. James Tate (1943-2015)
Patrick Healy
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Incredible. His sharp wit is really present in these short stories. I hope he comes out with another collection soon.
Nessabella
meh. so-so.
Matt
Oct 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
I'd expect Tate is a love or hate proposition - I'm definitely a fan, though. With this book he makes the jump from his later story-like poems to actual short stories, and it works.
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James Vincent Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He taught creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University, and at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he worked since 1971. He was a member of the poetry faculty at the MFA Program for Poets & Writers, along with Dara Wier and Peter Gizzi.

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“I am not a part of this home any longer. I am a tiny thing created by indifferent scientists. I am an experiment, a mechanical bee placed near the hive. The real bees were happy being bees until I came along and gave them all the false information that destroyed their little lives.” 2 likes
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