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Scott Snyder’s protagonists inhabit a playfully deranged fictional world in which a Wall Street trader can find himself armed with a speargun, guarding a Dumpster outside a pawnshop in Florida; or an employee at Niagara Falls (his job: watching for jumpers) will take off in a car after a blimp in which his girlfriend has escaped. But in Snyder’s wondrous imagination there’ ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Dial Press Trade Paperback (first published May 30th 2006)
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Chris_P
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended by Panagiotis

Blue yodel: ***
Happy fish, plus coin: ***
About face: ***
Voodoo heart: ****
Wreck: *****
Dumpster Tuesday: ***
The star attraction of 1919: ***

3.5
This collection of stories is Snyder's first effort in pure literature and it's certainly a succesful one. Seven stories, all brimming with an abstract form of romantic loss and sadness. Snyder seems to be willing to explore the inner layers of human psyche when applied to romance and relationships. Of course not all of the stori
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Panagiotis
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ο Σνάιντερ είναι ένας από τους πιο γνωστούς, νέους συγγραφείς Αμερικάνικων κόμικς. Τον γνώρισα μέσα από τον καινούριο μπάτμαν του, μετά την επανεκκίνηση που έκανε η DC στο σύμπαν της, καθώς και το δικό του δημιούργημα, Wytches. Η γραφή και η προσέγγισή του σε αυτά τα κόμικς έδειχναν έναν άνθρωπο έξυπνο, με φαντασία και μια διάθεση να δώσει στα πολύχρωμα καρέ κάτι διαφορετικό, κάτι πιο εκλεπτυσμένο. Όμως η φόρμα των κόμικς είναι συγκεκριμένη, ακολουθεί τις δικές της συμβάσεις και ό,τι κι αν ήταν ...more
Melissa
Aug 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Please don't read this if you have a relationship with a significant other that is the slightest bit in question. My marriage is on pretty stable ground right now & this still depressed the heck out of me. While all the stories are lovely & extrememly well-written, they're also all about relationships going horribly wrong & people being sad or making others sad. I didn't find a lot of the fancy here that most reviews allude to, but that doesn't make this a bad book, just a bummer. Ha ...more
Rachel  Cassandra
Oct 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the quirks
Shelves: shortstories
the pages of this particular book (i'm not sure if it's true of all the copies) were especially smooth and soft, as if the paper had been polished.
the stories were engaging, quirky, and i loved them. My favorite was "Happy fish, plus coin", but almost all the stories have moments and aspects I will remember for a long time. I was also intrigued in the fact that the stories sometimes had small connections between them- mentions of the same song or similar situations. The imagery was offbeat and
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Mia
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not really a review, more an anecdote about this book and my stupidity.

My cousin's husband had long been urging me to read the new Batman comics. At NYCC last year, I went to a Midtown Comics booth to get a Batman issue for Snyder to sign. Voodoo Heart was beside the Batman comics. I read VH about 3 years ago and never connected it to the guy writing the comics.

When I came up to him, I told him I read his book but didn't have it with me because it never occurred to me he was the very same guy. H
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Victor Giannini
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Batman Fans
Recommended to Victor by: Scott Snyder
Before Scott Snyder exploded onto the comic scene, Voodoo Heart gripped me with it's surreal stories. Most fell into the realm of magical realism, even if only in feeling, yet all felt like heart break, leaving the reader grasping for a lost love of some sort, a person, an ideal, a place, as their heals give way in the dirt and they spiral down. It's also quite funny, I swear!

If you're a fan of his comic writing, pick this book up right now.
Kurt Dinan
Am reading this book of short stories now after reading a review of it by Stephen King.
Scott Foley
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I picked up Voodoo Heart because I admire Snyder’s work on American Vampire. I was interested to see Snyder’s prose stand alone without a team of artists’ aid. For the most part, I found myself quite pleased.

Each and every one of Snyder’s stories in this collection is original and very well written. They all utilize well-rounded characters that instantly attach to the psyche and schema. My only complaint, however, is that nearly half of them ended with no real sense of resolution. I don’t necess
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Vincent
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
To be honest, "Voodoo Heart" was my least favorite story in Scott Snyder's collection, Voodoo Heart.

Voodoo Heart is a very well organized collection of stories from the writer of one of my recent favorite comic books, American Vampire. The title story marks (though in my opinion, not well) the climax of a series of stories exploring the notions of "attachment" to places, people, and things in 1930s America. Not to belabor the point, while "Voodoo Heart" might have been a good story presented in
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Ursula
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Voodoo Heart was both instructive and entertaining. Scientifically speaking, I learned about the maladapted Paranthropus, the anatomy of synthetic plants, and various other nuggets of information. The strongest stories of the collection where the last four: Voodoo Heart, Wreck, Dumpster Tuesday and The Star Attraction 1919. The characters in these four stories were compelling, and so authentic I nearly believed they existed outside of Snyder's imagination. As a writer, I often can spot contrived ...more
Chris
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Snyder's graphic novel writing for years. He always has solid plots, interesting characters, and entertaining tales--even if some of them might be a bit too quickly paced. Still, I was curious about this fiction writing.

Honestly, I'm surprised to say that his fiction is as good--if not better--than his graphic novels. He can turn a phrase better than most, and every story has at least one moment that I was completely jealous of its setup and delivery.

Many short story collectio
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Emmett Spain
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very well written collection of 7 short stories, Snyder paints a whimsical, dark, absurd, and occasionally sad picture of men moving through their lives, generally nursing unhealthy obsessions. The prose is crisp and involving, the reveals perfectly paced. Snyder draws you in like a master - it's staggering to find out its a debut (though his quality has been shown with his American Vampire, Swamp Thing, and Batman comics work since). The only letdown to me were the endings of his stories, whi ...more
Kevin Yee
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excellent collection, the stories worked so well with each other. Snyder has a way with creating concrete details while at the same time writing off-the-kilter characters in a wack world. Something always happens to the characters that make them go awry, and it is fascinating with each story here.
Sean
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The current writer of DC Comics' Batman and Swamp Thing, Scott Snyder first wrote this taut collection of historical fiction short stories in '06. More literary than fantastic, most of the themes tackle 20-something romance at its most vulnerable. No dialogue or plot element is wasted here - everything congeals into an astounding whole by narrative's end. Pretty damn great.
David M
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I previously read Scott Snyder's recent work for Batman and American Vampire, and I always enjoyed his narration, even though it can be overwhelming at times. Which is why I'm reading his Voodoo Heart book, which he wrote a few years before he started working with DC Comics.

I normally don't write reviews, but I figured I should do it since I'm reading an anthology book, and each story can vary in quality.

Blue Yodel: In 1918, a man goes on a cross country trip, chasing a blimp that supposedly has
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Adam Padgett
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book about ten years ago for a local newspaper, and now, on reflecting on my review, I really regret not giving this a much more glowing review. This is an excellent short story collection for those looking to read really great stories. Snyder captures a noir, pulpy, literary tone and style here that is absent in a lot of literary fiction. A fun read, fun stories.
Andy
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
So I picked this up do to Scotts comic book work, and it is wonderful collection of short stories that are all about relationships wither personal or family relationships and how people interact with each other. They are filled with a deep narrative that never quite dips into fantasy.
raymond cook
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Extremely well written.
Georgii Dziuman
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I could not finish it, I got an audio book and it is boring to listen to.
Christopher
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simply fantastic collection of short stories!
Michael Mariano
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
A picked this collection of short stories because Snyder is an accomplished writer in comics. The stories are well written and interesting. He doesn't finish them. I understand the "leave it to the imagination of the reader" idea, I just don't like it personally.
Justyn Rampa
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-fiction
So I've made it to the end of Scott Snyder's short story collection and for the most part I really enjoyed it. My favorite stories were "Happy Fish, Plus Coin", "Wreck", and "The Star Attraction of 1919". "Blue Yodel" and "Voodoo Heart" were in the middle. "About Face" and "Dumpster Tuesday" were my least favorite and that is mostly due to the sheer frustration the main character of each story caused me.

After reading each story, I could get a sense for the writing pattern Scott Snyder was in dur
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Hayden
Jan 11, 2012 rated it liked it
In his first (and so far only) literary outing, Scott Snyder takes us on a journey to the darkest and dustiest corners of America, with this handful of quirky stories that follow a group of men through their somewhat odd and dream-like lives.

I heard alot of praise going into this, but felt somewhat let down. The stories were entertaining and kept me enthralled, but I was kind left feeling empty by the open endings to every story. I get what he was trying to do, but they just didn't quite pack a
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Laryssa Wirstiuk
Oct 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I bought this collection based on a commenter's tip posted on HTML Giant. The person had claimed that "Voodoo Heart", the title story in Scott Snyder's debut story collection, was the best story he/she had ever read.

I loved "Voodoo Heart" (I skipped to it first), but I found all the stories equally as heartbreaking, emotionally real, and challenging. Though realistic, these stories have enough fantastical, strange, and unlikely elements to make them seem suspended, like fog rising from a lake a
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Kai
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a curious, eclectic little collection of stories. Voodoo Heart provides an engaging look at Snyder's work prior to his monumental partnership with DC as writer for Batman, Swamp Thing, and Vertigo's American Vampire. The prose of each story is straightforward while also displaying subtle humor and just a hint of something sinister. Every piece deals with (romantic) relationships in some form, creating a sort of progressive gradation as readers move from one story to the next. Yet it is the ...more
Jose
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Scott Snyder really does an amazing job at pulling you into a story but making you feel something for these characters. "Happy Fish, Plus Coin" "About Face" and "Voodoo Heart", the first three stories will break your heart, in particular. Every character in this book feels like a real person going through real things. These people have been through a hell of a lot of hardship and they're not always perfect.

Snyder's greatest strength is that he puts you in the mindset of these flawed people, but
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Krista
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's been some time since I've read a book of short stories, and Voodoo Heart reminded me of how refreshing and inspiring they can be. Snyder's Voodoo Heart is held together by a faint steampunk theme and a series of male narrators who are dealing with the emotions of love. Snyder's prose is straightforward, but he employs some surprising metaphors and analogies to describe the narrator's feelings. The collection made me realize that it is rare for me to read (or choose) a book from the male per ...more
Matt
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recently, I've become more familiar with Scott Snyder's work in comics, particulary in the case of his current run on Batman and American Vampire. Voodoo Heart, his collection of short stories, is my first introduction to his work outside of comics, and it does not disappoint whatsoever. All of the stories within this collection focus on a bunch of quirky, heartwarming, and heartbreaking studies of characters who experience turning points in their lives. My personal favorite is the last one in t ...more
Brooke
Aug 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Well, here it goes. It looks like I am the first reviewer to give this book a one star rating.

To preface this: this is not the type of book that I typically read. I prefer novels over short stories.

With that being said, I disliked nearly every short story in this book. Each was a story about love (in one way or another) that had a terrible ending. I am a huge fan of realistic endings no matter how sad. I actually prefer stories to have an ending that you don't see coming- maybe a sad ending to
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unicorn
Mar 02, 2009 rated it liked it
This piece of collected short stories was pretty entertaining. The writing was definitely of good quality. Each character was different from one another, which takes a talent of writing in order to pull off. Each story obviously had disheartening, relatively sad endings, a fact of reality. However, I would have enjoyed a couple stories to be done in a female's perspective. I also would have liked for the stories to have contained relatively different endings. Still relative to people, yet not fo ...more
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Scott Snyder is the Eisner and Harvey Award winning writer on DC Comics Batman, Swamp Thing, and his original series for Vertigo, American Vampire. He is also the author of the short story collection, Voodoo Heart, published by the Dial Press in 2006. The paperback version was published in the summer of 2007.
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