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Fungus of the Heart by Jeremy C. Shipp
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Once again, I wrestle with the dilemma of trying to review a collection of short stories. Should I talk about The Sun Never Rises in the Big City, a bizzaro detective story about a detective and the search for the killer of his rag? Or The Haunted House, about a ghost struggling with its identity and trying to help a girl? Or the title story that starts with a man chasing a homicidal jester through a forest for killing his warthog? Or the fairy tale-eque The Boy in the Cabinet?

Fungus of the Heart is a collection of bizarre tales by Jeremy C. Shipp. While on the surface the only thing the tales have in common is their strangeness, a deeper look reveals that they're all about relationships. Relationships between a detective and his woman with a detonater inside her, a boy who lives in a cabinet and his cup with a smile drawn on it, or a gnome and her oposition to a war against goblins. The tone of the stories ranges from darkly humorous to creepy as hell. Many of them are so strange they have a dreamlike quality.

If you're in the mood for something different, give Fungus of the Heart a try. You won't be disappointed.
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Reading Progress

October 17, 2010 – Shelved
October 17, 2010 – Shelved as: freebies-for-reviewing
Started Reading
October 18, 2010 –
page 41
25.0%
October 18, 2010 –
page 77
46.95%
October 18, 2010 – Finished Reading
December 14, 2010 – Shelved as: 2010
April 13, 2011 – Shelved as: bizarro
October 5, 2012 – Shelved as: i-hate-short-stories

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message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael Barron I have heard that this author is good and just happened to stumble across your review. Has he written anything else you would recommend?


message 2: by Dan (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dan Schwent He's written some other things but this is the only work of his that I've read.


message 3: by Michael (new)

Michael Barron Ah, I will look into the others.


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