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Zero Db: And Other Stories

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Short Story collection
Published (first published January 1st 1987)
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Zachary Crabtree
Nov 16, 2009 rated it liked it
There is nothing outstanding higher because the fiction was for no better word, enjoyable, would rate it even higher because few ever come up with the plots, and the rare insight into strange minds. Some of the stories were better for no better reason than I'd become temporarily dislodged from normalcy. Now to return to... ...more
Marvin
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Collection of stories that feels very much of it's time in the 80s and somehow isn't quite sure what it is, maybe. Or began as one thing and ended as another. A pair of tightly written triptychs focused on a rural black family and the daughter or the white woman for whom they work early in the book, along with the wild young artist of "The Naked Lady" and the wistful shrimping and drinking lovers of "The Monkey Park," evoke past Southern days quite clearly only to give way somewhat rambling stor ...more
Jon
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book nearly twenty-five years ago, back when I was in grad school. I went on to read another book of Bell's stories, which was about as good as this one. At the time, however, I don't know that I was necessarily that impressed. Rather, this was a book that stayed with me, the way a movie called The Conversation stayed with me, kept me thinking about it for weeks afterward.

The two stories that are my favorite in this collection fall at the start of the second section, which is my favo
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Steve
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A lot happens in both of these stories are among my favorites, including the title story and 'The Naked Lady.' A lot happens in both these stories, and some of the others in the collection, and it's all interesting and profound. A great writer. There is an annoying pop up that I can't get rid of that is preventing me from completing this note. It's an ad for Vitamin Water. ...more
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Madison Smartt Bell is a critically acclaimed writer of more than a dozen novels and story collections, as well as numerous essays and reviews for publications such as Harper’s and the New York Times Book Review. His books have been finalists for both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, among other honors. Bell has also taught at distinguished creative writing programs including th ...more

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