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What if you had a holocaust and nobody came?

Imagine a father who has sent his child's soul voyaging and seen it go astray. Or a backyard tale from the 1001 American Nights. Macbeth re-imagined as a screwball comedy. Three extraordinary economic tasks performed by a small expert in currency exchange that risk first career and then life and then soul.

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Hardcover, 280 pages
Published May 31st 2010 by Subterranean (first published 2004)
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Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have to thank Ceridwen for turning me on to this author. Because of her review of book #2 of his fantasy series, I picked this up instead when I chanced upon it at the library since I'm not too excited about epics lately. I don't have the aversion to short stories that many have described but I don't seek them out, either. I would never have read this...amazing, thought-provoking, shiver-inducing set of tales. Damn, Abraham, this book good! I've noticed my memory has been for crap since I fini ...more
Althea Ann
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
In general, I don't seek out writing that deals with issues of parenting, broken homes, and the possibility of child abuse. If I read this story described that way, I probably wouldn't have sought it out. And I would've missed out.
A father's creative attempt to make his daughter feel more connected to her family backfires in a terrible way... and some problems aren't so easy to put right.

Merged review:

***** The Cambist and Lord Iron
Re-read - previously read in 'Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 200
Nayad Monroe
This is the best short story collection I've read in a long time. The title story is my favorite for its rich layering of ideas and characters, and the possibilities of human interconnectedness. Others that particularly stand out for me are: the disturbing "Flat Diane;" "The Best Monkey," which looks at human instincts and the limitations they may give us; and "Exclusion," a story about the consequences of taking the easy way out of conflicts. Each story is its own mix of insight, believable cha ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
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Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Lawrence M. Schoen
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, Daniel Abraham is the best living fantasy writer we have. Seriously. If you haven't read his "Long Price Quartet" then you should rush right out, right now, and pick up a copy of A Shadow in Summer and start in.

And, as this collection aptly demonstrates, the man can write short fiction too!
Tim Hicks
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the better short story collections, especially from a single author.
There's a wide range here, with fantasy, SF and some almost-real-world stuff.
Good characters, good pace, and in several cases a really excellent story idea.

At least half these stories are thoughtful and/or philosophical as well as being ripping good yarns.

Which stories did I like? I'm not telling, because you might not like the same ones. This book deserves to have you read them all anyway. Don't worry - the first is
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Five stars:
the support technician tango
Leviathan wept

Four stars:
The cambist and lord iron - great story but the ending seemed contrived
The swede and the curandero - made no sense until the punchline
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
8/10 Stars

I'm on my phone, so I won't do a full scale review, but I wanted to say this was a really great collection of stories! Despite the fact that short stories bring on war flashbacks to high school, I had a really great time reading this collection. My favorite, by far, was As Sweet, all the stories left me needing a moment to digest the message.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
All of the stories were really well written and very entertaining. All of them had something to them that kept me on my toes wanting to finish the story. Some of them were a bit creepy and gave me chills down my back as well.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mr. Abraham's short stories tend to be discomforting, but in the best way.
Scott Lee
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Abraham appears to be the darker portion of the James S.A. Corey duo judging by these stories. All of them have a darkness to them, and the best if anything amplify that darkness.

"The Cambist and Lord Iron" is lighter than most of the rest of the collection and is certainly an offbeat fantasy short with an unlikely protagonist.

"Flat Diane" was a Nebula-Nominee and International Horror Guild award winner and is perhaps the most haunting story I've ever read since becoming a father.

"The Support
Jesse Whitehead
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
A timid Cambist is forced to determine the worth of the soul of his King. A man makes a paper cutout of his daughter and mails it around the country in an attempt to cheer her up after a divorce – unwittingly sending her soul along with it. A woman hunts the demon that stole her daughter away. A self-aware self-help novel sows havoc amongst an office full of lawyers.

Short stories are a fascinating genre of fiction to me. Science fiction and fantasy ones even more so. Compacting a story into the
Gina Turner
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Leviathan Wept is an incredibly well-written, insightful, thought-provoking and sometimes truly bizarre collection of short fiction by one of my favorite authors, Daniel Abraham (author of The Long Price Quartet and The Dagger and the Coin Series). Each story in this anthology showcases Abraham's diverse writing styles and ability to create strong, memorable characters. Among my personal favorites are The Cambist and Lord Iron, A Hunter in Arin-Qin, and The Curandero and the Swede. Although I'm ...more
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
I started reading this collection with high expectations. From reading The Cambist and Lord Iron when it was up for the Hugo and Hunter's Run a while later I knew Daniel Abraham's short fiction was, if anything, even better than his novels. I was not disappointed. While The Cambist is still my favorite of this selection (not surprising, it is probably my #1 favorite short story of all times), the other stories deliver very well: Solid characters, surprising but believable plots and interesting w ...more
Patrick Hurley
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some stories, such as "Flat Diane" were a bit heavy-handed and clumsily executed, but others, such as the two book-ends "The Cambist and Lord Iron" and "The Curandero and the Swede," were excellent. The latter in particular really resonates with me and what I personally believe about the power of stories. If all of the other tales had been terrible, I still would have been glad to have read Abraham's collection for that story alone. Luckily, even the weakest stories ("Flat Diane" or "Exclusion") ...more
Sep 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
...All in all Leviathan Wept and Other Stories is a varied collection of excellent short fiction. The breadth of Abraham's writing is showcased here. What each and every one of these stories have in common is the attention to the characters. Abraham uses very different characters in these stories, men or women, old or young, all of them are very well drawn in the limited space a short story offers. Like his novels the characterization is exceptional. So far I have only read Abraham's fantasy. Fr ...more
Dan Smyth
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Really good stuff in this one. Take my advice and read the first and second in a single sitting. Makes the impact of the second so much stronger that way. Most of the stories ended in odd spots for me. Abraham does an amazing job of character development and has awesome prose as always. Great book. My official review is at:
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
I don't normally particularly care for anthologies. Generally I find that I like one or two of the stories, but for the most part I just tend to lose interest. In fact, this may be the first anthology I've read all the way through. I did enjoy some of them more than others. Generally I'm not much into science fiction, as I find the technology just seems to clutter up the story, but I still enjoyed even those. My favorites were definitely the very first and the very last stories in the book.
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Daniel Abraham presents a formidable collection of short stories. From the fairytale-like "The Cambist and Lord Iron" to the bone chilling "The Curandero and the Swede", there's a bit of everything in between for everyone. There isn't really a common thread between the stories except their ability to make you think and feel. I'd highly recommend to anyone who loves the short story format and appreciates a dark tinge to their stories.
Aug 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Abraham shows off his range -- from cyberpunk to sword and sorcery to horror to weird Americana. Some stories seem like he is trying so hard; others are nicely restrained. And a couple are quite humorous.

Must reads:

'The Cambist and Lord Iron'

'Flat Diane' (so freaky and scary, though)

'A Hunter in Arin-Quin'
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a short story, available free (and legally free) on the 'net. Quite enjoyable. The end was a bit hackneyed, but it was still a pleasure. Almost felt like a Russian short story: the humble, timid clerk vrs. the corrupt and abusive figure of power. The net result was that it steeled my resolve to read more Abraham.
The stories were very hit and miss, for some I couldn't tear myself away but others took days to read through because of how little interest I had in them. It was good over all but consider skipping over anything that starts feeling like a chore to get through.
Adam Shaeffer
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A truly excellent collection of short stories.
First time I have finished a book of short stories since being forced to read them in high school. Abraham is a master in short & long fiction. ...more
DeAnna Knippling
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly jealous of how well Mr. Abraham writes short stories.

My favorite was "The Cambist and Lord Iron," a proper fairy tale about a money-changer.
Anthony Faber
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Short stories. Some of them are very good.
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Disturbing and imaginative short story
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent range of stories and characters. I particularly enjoyed The Cambist and Lord Iron and As Sweet. Perfect little insightful reveals of what makes the characters who they are.
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Daniel James Abraham, pen names M.L.N. Hanover and James S.A. Corey, is an American novelist, comic book writer, screenwriter, and television producer. He is best known as the author of The Long Price Quartet and The Dagger and the Coin fantasy series, and with Ty Franck, as the co-author of The Expanse series of science fiction novels, written under the joint pseudonym James S.A. Co ...more

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