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False Bingo: Stories

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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The mundane becomes sinister in a disquieting story collection from the author of The Grip of It

In Jac Jemc's dislocating second story collection, False Bingo, we watch as sinister forces--some supernatural, some of this earth, some real and some not--work their ways into the mundanity of everyday life.

In "Strange Loop," an outcast attempting to escape an unnamed mistake
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Paperback, 240 pages
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by MCD X Fsg Originals
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Amalia Gavea
‘’I am a problem without a solution. I am a question without an answer. I am a poison without an antidote. I will never know what it is I’ve done.’’

I fell under Jac Jemc’s spell what I read The Grip of It, one of the most haunting, strangest books. Even now, its memory sends chills down my spine. What I loved so much in it was the underlying terror, the constant, unnamed threat, the darkness whose source cannot be found. Now, I don’t dare to presume things and I am not inside Jac’s mind but th
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Edward Lorn
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
In a day and age where plot outweighs substance, I'm not entirely sure this book will be for most. In fact, I can think of only three friends who would actively enjoy the majority of this collection. That's not to say it's bad. It's anything but bad. The problem here is the tl;dr crowd, a crowd that has somehow started to seep into readers' circles. The saving grace for this book is that it is packed with short fiction that is quite short. There are three long(ish) stories, but most of what's on ...more
Jac
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Let's start the rating off right. :)
Dea
Apr 20, 2019 added it
Shelves: netgalley, on-kindle
Review to come.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-galley.
Sraah
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
any other 1/5 - i don't understand lmao this girl bethany jus wylin' out playing pretend, huh?

delivery 4/5 - upon finishing i out loud said, "what?" this was such a mind fk and i honestly have no idea what i just read but i enjoyed it and want more, i want to understand what was really going on

strange loop 4/5 - so many creepy undertones. ouroboros.

the principal's ashes 4/5 - this felt haunting in a real world way.

don't let's 4/5 - so far maybe this is my favorite story. some myths mimic real l
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Amber DuBois
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC of this book in return for my honest opinion.

I’m not going to lie, this is the most boring thing I’ve ever read. Sure, a couple stories were creepy, but I never got the pervasive feel of dread or any sort of sinister vibe.

Instead, I just felt like these were a bunch of stories about absolutely nothing, and they were all kind of a let down, even at that. This was so hard to find entertaining that I actively avoided reading, just so I wouldn’t have to finish it.

Which isn’t yo sa
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Casey
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
In 'False Bingo', Jac Jemc is able to bring readers a collection of short stories that weave sinister forces into everyday life. There were some really amazing stories that stood out from the others in this collection but I found myself wanting more from a lot of the stories. I felt that so many of them caught my attention right away, started to build up (whether through character development, storytelling, or through the environment Jemc built), and then ended on an uncompleted note (at least t ...more
BookwormishMe
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ng-reviews, reviewed
False Bingo provides us with a fabulous compilation of short stories published by Jac Jemc. Short story books appeal to me, because there isn’t a huge time commitment involved in reading them. You can read a story, or two, or even three when the urge strikes. There is not an overall theme to the stories in this book. Some of them were more appealing than others. Some ended rather abruptly leaving the reader to think, what happened? Needless to say, I enjoyed the book. It was interesting, well wr ...more
Rachel  Drenning
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. I hate to say that I just was NOT impressed with these stories. It may take a certain reader to enjoy the vagueness and stories that just went no where, to me.
Erica
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, anthologies
I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley and Farrar, Straus, & Giroux in exchange for an honest review.

False Bingo is a collection of fictional tales in the which the reader is given a brief glimpse into each of the characters’ lives. Some of the stories explore real events while others observe more events bordering or completely outside reality. This is a difficult review to write because some of the stories I found absolutely fascinating while others just didn't hold my attention. Mo
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Edna
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Inn Jac Jemc’s dislocating second story collection, False Bingo, we watch as sinister forces—some supernatural, some of this earth, some real and some not—work their ways into the mundanity of everyday life.

In “Strange Loop,” an outcast attempting to escape an unnamed mistake spends his day's taxidermied animals, while in “Delivery,” a family watches as their dementia-addled, basement-dwelling father succumbs to an online shopping addiction. “Don’t Let’s” finds a woman, recently freed from an ab
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Peter
rated it it was amazing
Apr 20, 2019
Kendra
May 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
This collection of short stories frequently touches on the true and depressing aspects of life without hope for anything better. Intended to be realist, it is, but in ways that depressed, anxious, stressed, or lonely readers could easily become suicidal by reading it. I'm not looking for happy endings or happy stories, necessarily, but these bludgeon you.
Kade Gulluscio
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Thank you NetGalley!!

This is a collection of interesting and unique short stories. Some of the stories caught my attention and held it, while otehrs just fell flat.

i'd read another book of the author for sure.
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