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Fetish by John Yau
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Jun 21, 2007

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Many of the stories in this collection are typical of mid-20th century "literature for literature's sake" self-indulgence; even expanding one's understanding of the title to include the anthropological sense in addition to the more common psychosexual sense, it's hard to see what some of the entries are doing here (and hard to slog through the experimental writing).

That said, there are several stories that are really very good: Caples's "Metemphsychosis", Blackman's "The Chokecherry Tree", Kelly's "Problem, With Cherries", Jackson's "Jominy", Lethem's "The Spray", Weeks's "Swallow", and Ping's "Crush" made enduring the rest more or less worthwhile.

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message 1: by Melissa (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:22AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Melissa So what do you think of it so far? I liked it at the beginning but then quickly got bored. I thought some of the authors were just trying too hard to be outside the mainstream.

message 2: by Don (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:22AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Don Rea So far that's my impression too. Experimental-for-experimental's-sake gets tired pretty fast. It's also interesting that I don't think the ones I do like overlap much with the ones you liked.

message 3: by Melissa (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:23AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Melissa Well considering I only like three, explain overlap much (please of course ;)). Which ones do you like so far?

message 4: by Don (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:23AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Don Rea You didn't say "please" like you meant it...

"Metempsychosis" is the only one so far (about 2/3 of the way through) that we agree is good.

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