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False Bingo: Stories

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  21 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 s
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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
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Let's start the rating off right. :)
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
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
Samantha Colwell
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
False Bingo is a short story collection written by one of my favorite indie authors. Jemc’s haunted house novel Grip Of It was a spine-tingling descent into the vulnerability of relationships. I loved every single thoughtfully placed syllable in that novel. If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself that favor.

In False Bingo, Jemc’s deceptively simple stories transcend. In my favorite short, “Half Dollar,” two young girls play a terrible prank on a devastated widow by pretending they saw her husban
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
False Bingo is a remarkable and haunting collection of stories. While reading it, various stories reminded me of some of my other favorite authors- Shirley Jackson, Kelly Link, and Flannery O'Connor, all who in varying degrees were masters of making readers feel unsettled. There's something truly magical about the ability to feel unsettled. Straight horror is one thing, but making the reader feel like something is slightly off (that person is a little *too* friendly, did I really leave that door ...more
Kerry Pickens
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Jac Jemc's collection of short stories are sometimes brilliant enough that you wished they weren't short stories. Even the worst ones are like fever dreams, the mood stays the same but the characters change.
Apr 20, 2019 added it
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Review to come.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-galley.
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Jemc presents a medley of flash exercises in the uncanny with this, her latest short story collection. A whole slate of female writers writing short fiction today are being compared to Shirley Jackson, even when their chosen genre isn't horror. I'm thinking of Kelly Link, Kristen Roupenian, maybe even Carmen Maria Machado. Jemc even designates one story in False Bingo, "Half Dollar," as an homage to Jackson. Sometimes the comparison is apt and earned, sometimes it isn't. Is Shirley Jackson cool ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love a good scary story! Unfortunately, I was atypically not quite in the mood for one for the past few months, and so False Bingo lingered in my NetGalley queue. That is a reflection on the reader, not the writer.

Jac Jemc's False Bingo (the reason for the title will become obvious) is a collection of 20 short stories, with varying degrees of creepiness, paranoia, and horror. A couple have elements of gore, especially "Get Back". Most, however, coat ordinary people, places, and things with an
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
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
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
The description of this collection promised sinister and I feel it failed to deliver that. Interesting and some strange tales for sure though.

There are some really good stories in here ( Don't Let's & Bull's Eye) but the vast majority bored me or just felt dull and unfinished. I feel a little bit of a jerk for saying short stories felt incomplete, but hey, it's my opinion. I wanted more of the subtle creeping dread I got from the author's novel The Grip of It, but only a few stories went the
Jessica T.
Aug 14, 2019 is currently reading it
False Bingo is a short story collection by Jac Jemc. It's a great anthology where Jac flexes her literary muscles. She uses the ordinary (similar to Steven Millhauser) to create a strange and curious narrative. I loved this collection.
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.
Leah Angstman
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read an ARC for a fall book preview at a national magazine. Will post link when it's published.
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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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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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.
Paolo Latini
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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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