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The Ant King: And Other Stories

☆ The Ant King: And Other Stories ¾ Benjamin Rosenbaum - The Ant King: And Other Stories, The Ant King And Other Stories Urbane without being arch sweet without being maudlin mysterious without being cryptic Cory Doctorow BoingBoing A dazzling postmodern debut collection of pulp and surreal fictions a writer of alte

  • Title: The Ant King: And Other Stories
  • Author: Benjamin Rosenbaum
  • ISBN: 9781931520522
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Hardcover

☆ The Ant King: And Other Stories ¾ Benjamin Rosenbaum, The Ant King: And Other Stories, Benjamin Rosenbaum, The Ant King And Other Stories Urbane without being arch sweet without being maudlin mysterious without being cryptic Cory Doctorow BoingBoing A dazzling postmodern debut collection of pulp and surreal fictions a writer of alternate histories defends his patron s zeppelin against assassins and pirates a woman transforms into hundreds of gumballs an emancipated children s collective goes house ☆ The Ant King: And Other Stories ¾ Benjamin Rosenbaum - The Ant King: And Other Stories, The Ant King And Other Stories Urbane without being arch sweet without being maudlin mysterious without being cryptic Cory Doctorow BoingBoing A dazzling postmodern debut collection of pulp and surreal fictions a writer of alte

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  1. The eponymous first story in The Ant King almost made me stop reading It s a far too self conscious, self referential retelling of the Persephone myth and there are several in this collection that were similarly annoying but there are also some extraordinarily clever ones that saved this book for me I downloaded a free version from some website many months ago so the edition represented above is for aesthetic reasons I hate the blank, generic thumbnails otherwise.The first story in the saving c [...]


  2. Benjamin Rosenbaum is my new favorite writer of science fiction becausehe imagines a waterfront district where old women cruise grandmothers bars.he has written not one, but several, one page stories that have altered my hope for the future.when he writes about a woman turning into gumballs it isn t a silly surrealist throw away, but an important clue to understanding a story.he has re written Sense and Sensibility in a way that makes me ashamed of my own literary pretensionster reading this exc [...]


  3. This is the exact kind of book I m always looking I kind of see this collection as the storytelling equivelant of pop surrealism, whimsical, dark, insightful and deeply compelling At times difficult and challenging at other times breezy and funny I found the fantasy stories stronger than the science fiction ones, but that s my personal preference, I love the mystery of his fantasy stories and the strange imagery Highly recommended.


  4. A cool anthology, with a wide range of stories I didn t like most of the slipstream fiction Perhaps I didn t understand the symbolism or themes Rosenbaum was trying to explore The Ant King and The Orange were really the only two that I liked The rest were pretty lame.I enjoyed all of the author s actual science fiction stories Start the Clock and Embracing the New were the best of the science fiction, but Falling was also pretty good All of them were original and had thought provoking themes Sta [...]


  5. This collection of short stories is both awesome and hard to describe two things that tend to go together.Imagine if Italo Calvino s ghost moved to California, planted itself on the beach and started tweeting short stories while getting seriously drunk on a cocktail of Jane Austen and the Torah The result might be something resembling a Benjamin Rosenbaum story.It s tone, rather than style, that makes the stories so varied All of them are extremely well written, showing a feel for rhythm both on [...]


  6. Sheila split open and the air was filled with gumballs Yellow gumballs This was awful for Stan, just awful He had loved Sheila for a long time, fought for her heart, believed in their love until finally she had come around They were about to kiss for the first time and then this yellow gumballs.Stan went to a group to try to accept that Sheila was gone It was a group for people whose unrequited love had ended in some kind of surrealist moment There is a group for everything in California opening [...]




  7. I m not always a fan of short stories, but decided to give this a try based on a review in a library journal On the positive side, Rosenbaum does have quite the imagination and creates some interesting worlds and situations He also has a sense of the absurd, at times One of the shortest stories, The Orange, caught my attention, for this reason, especially.But, on the other hand, I was glad this was a short work I am ready to read a novel that doesn t take much thinking So, my rating would probab [...]


  8. Many of these stories are simply sublime In this, the first collection of his work, Rosenbaum successfully lilts between genres between and even within stories It s an auspicious start that will leave readers craving whatever is to come Biographical Notes is simultaneously a steampunk alternate history, a postmodern romp with comic flourishes, and an action story that pauses occasionally to consider the nature of cause and effect Joyously, it all works The story strings together assassins, pirat [...]


  9. Surreal and pleasantly loopy That s a good thing, right These stories are mostly light some very light, one page mood pieces that reminded me than a little of some of the better posts to the Usenet newsgroup talkzarre, back in its heyday in the 1990s.Rosenbaum s already high profile his Acknowledgements page thanks a dozen or luminaries of modern and post modern sf, and his work has appeared in an astonishing range of venues whose names I recognized, from McSweeney s and Lady Churchill s Roseb [...]


  10. Call me despicable, an ignoramous, whatever villainnous epithet you wish I just didn t get these stories I tried I really did try There is very much the device of the parable in these stories, but what the moral of each story was eluded me Rosenbaum throws aside the conventions of plot arc, character development, environmental description In fact, he doesn t seem to use many literary conventions but those of his own devising Which made me think maybe I m just too obtuse to get these stories I ke [...]


  11. The first few stories in this book are actually the weakest in my opinion or maybe Rosenbaum s internal logic just made sense to me as I read on Many of these tales combine seemingly unrelated ideas in unexpected ways, like the incredible Sense and Sensibility, a gloss on Jane Austen that takes place in a cosmology where planets are actually human bodies themselves living on ever larger human bodies , and incorporates occasional metafictional asides that directly verbally abuse the reader When [...]


  12. In general, the short stories gathered here are fine and somewhat entertaining The biggest problem I had was that the writing felt forced at times, emulating other authors directly or via substance style One of the longer stories attempts to mimic Lost in the Funhouse and David Foster Wallace to some degree, I would argue while mirroring Sense and Sensibility in a surrealist setting This is all good and well, but it just doesn t leave much of an impression other than underwhelming The most reada [...]


  13. I read about one third of this story collection and enjoyed much of what I read Rosenbaum doesn t create traditional plots or three dimensional characters so much as he paints weird little, dream like fables The best of what I read were the very short, very surreal stories The Fig and Falling Also memorable were The Orange, a flash fiction piece, and Orphans, a riff on the classic children s book character Babar Some of the stories sort of put me off though I suppose that you really know this co [...]


  14. Wow, ok, so I like weird in fact, My mother warned me Do NOT talk to strangers This has never been an issue for me, as I have never met anyone stranger than I am Ever This book, if it were human, and therefore maybe the author himself, is almost as odd an entity as I am.Finally Read along my fine normal friend s Maybe afterwatrds, I won t be able to talk to you


  15. Please understand, my 4 star reviews should probably be 5s 3 stars from me is like 4 Make no mistake, The Ant King is good literature At his best, Benjamin Rosenbaum s tales remind me of Donald Barthelme s Pieces like The Blow , Fig and Red Leather Tassels are near perfect surreal delights The story for which the anthology is named is modern and unpredictable in its unfolding I loved it Overall, a great debut, and I m looking forward to .


  16. Really entertaining and inventive short stories A vast range of wildly different narrative voices, almost all endearing and enjoyable Many will leave you smiling Recommended even for those who normally eschew science fiction the term need be applied very loosely if you enjoy the short story form Also, for those who love the author vs reader battle, the penultimate story is a rollicking treat.


  17. The 5 stars is for the And Other Stories Rosenbaum has a great talent for short stories and he really pulls you in In many cases, I didn t want the shorts to end except for the titular one, which was sub par to the rest I still think about many of the shorts in the book, there s a ton of creativity in here.


  18. Contains one of my favorite short stories of all time, The House Beyond Your Sky readable for free at strangehorizons 2006 2 if you re interested Every time I read it, I see something different in it, just an amazing story Rosenbaum is awesome and people need to know about him


  19. Includes the strangest Austen story you ve ever seen set in a cottage on a precancerous mole, a manor carved into a rotten molar, and the perilous journey in between Fav story Start the Clock, where a gang of 9 year olds who ve been 9 for 25 years after a virus freezes everyone at the age they were shop for real estate in Pirateland.


  20. .OTHER REVIEWERS I LIKED.he imagines a waterfront district where old women cruise grandmothers bars he has written not one, but several, one page stories that have altered my hope for the future when he writes about a woman turning into gumballs it isn t a silly surrealist throw away, but an important clue to understanding a story.


  21. In the vein of Cory Doctorow, Rosenbaum s stories are contemporary, inventive and thoughtfully referential in an original and engaging way His reworking of Pride and Prejudice is amazing and the title story blurs the line between video games and the real world while laying waste to rampant capitalism and corporatism Great stuff


  22. Some stories might not be as accessible as others A couple were on the verge of turning me off a few times, but that s only because I almost lost the patience needed to wrap my head around them I stuck with it and was rewarded, every time.


  23. Hay historias muy breves aqu , pero con premisas divertidas y alocadas Presentan escenarios extra os, mucho caos y hay algunas bastante imaginativas.Algunas son bastante olvidables, pero en general me dejo una buena impresi n y varias risas.


  24. The title story is a good one I also enjoyed Other Cities and A Siege of Cranes Others are less memorable, but all in all, a decent collection Note that this is a free eBook from manybooks.


  25. I love this wacky writer Every chapter is a different story of a different bird.ratively I don t think there are than one bird story He made me laugh like no other Maybe it s the age and having children thing Mark wasn t as keen on him.


  26. Call it 4.5 stars This story collection contains a lot of fun, a few duds, and one magnificent bastard of a yarn A Siege of Cranes that is itself worth the modest purchase price.



  27. total mixed bag some amazing stuff the other cities collection, for example and some totally banal and bland stories.


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