Great Blue Heron A widow's grief. The Great Blue, a metaphor for death; cold, calculating, ruthlessly efficient. Powerful prose and the highlight of this book of short stories. Welcome to the Friendly Skies Tongue-in-cheek look at the not so friendly skies for today's passengers.
This flight to Amchitka, Alaska has the best safety instructions ever. After many a grim read, this short story lifted my mood and raised my rating for this collection from 3.
A disturbing and delightful read. Jun 05, Chandra Claypool wherethereadergrows rated it liked it Shelves: arc. Short stories have always been a mixed bag for me. I've only read a few compilations outside of Stephen King and even with him, I find myself not as engaged or pleased with most of them. Done right, short stories can pack a huge punch and is probably one of the hardest writing styles to accomplish.
Presented with the chance to read Oates for the first time and read a collection consisting of mysteries and suspense, how could I pass this up?? There are 7 stories compiled into less than pages. While some I just did NOT get, others hit the mark for me. I also felt that some things seemed repetitive or a continuous theme throughout some of the stories but maybe that was intentional? Each story but the last seem to be geared towards females, reflective of the frail nature that can turn deadly in an instant, or a strange family dynamic.
All fascinating for me I just wish there had been a bit more variety and a bit more story - which is the issue I have with short stories most of the time, I'm left wanting. I'll definitely keep an eye out for Oates's other works as I do like where her mind tends to veer toward.
Big thanks to Mysterious Press and Grove Atlantic for this advanced copy in return for my honest review. Mar 09, Roman Clodia rated it really liked it. This collects together seven short stories by JCO, all published elsewhere in The first six work together very well, reflecting and refracting themes of violence and diseased minds in family or neighbourhood settings. Images of dolls' faces reappear, often in different contexts, adding to the atmosphere of unease and menace - sometimes for explicit, often for more oblique reasons.
JCO's trademark twisting of the 'ordinary' 'It's an ordinary evening. But why then was she so frightened? Th This collects together seven short stories by JCO, all published elsewhere in The ordinary does not provoke fear. The final story is a black and funny satire on modern air travel as JCO dissects the captain's safety announcement, that ritual from which many of us switch off: 'if the vest fails to INFLATE by way of the red tabs, it may be orally inflated by a strenuous, superhuman blowing into the inflation tubes at shoulder level, roughly equivalent, it has been estimated, to the effort required to blow up three hundred average-sized party balloons within a few minutes.
Good luck with this! Feb 08, Amy Other Amy rated it liked it Shelves: 3-stars-liked-itlibrary-i-love-youxx-collectionfeminismcw-love-trianglecw-child-abuse-or-deathwar-of-the-sexes, woman-with-an-axe. When a man is irritated, it's like he Dis Girl flail out with his fists. Not hard, and not to hurt, not even on purpose, but he might do it reflexively, and you might get hurt if you are standing too close.
And if a man hurts you, and you show that hurt, and your eyes lock with his, he will never forgive you. For you will always be the girl he has hurt, which means you are the girl he can always hurt again. Holds Hands With : "The Yellow Wallpaper" What I Loved : The feverish, violent gems that don't quite conform to feminist tropes, yet remain unabashedly grounded in women's lives and reality.
The touch of magical realism that could be madness. What I Hated : Some of the stories were big misses; too long and actually conformed just fine to feminist tropes not good ones.
Yea or Nay? Fantastic storytelling. YMMV on the rest. This is a selection short stories by Joyce Carol Oates. Some are disturbing, some are just plain scary. All have to do with the unknown These are the ones I found most memorable The new tenants invite her in What she finds in th This is a selection short stories by Joyce Carol Oates.
What she finds in the crawl space is not what she expected. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own. View all 8 comments. Jan 27, Irene rated it really liked it. This Dis Girl a collection of previously published stories, that are both dark and delightful. My favorites were as follows. A dark satire that filled me with dread and giggles. I also enjoyed the first story "Dismember" though poor Jill should have chose This is a collection of previously published stories, that are both dark and delightful.
I also enjoyed the first story "Dismember" though poor Jill should have chosen a better role model. All in all a good solid collection that is well worth a read. I received an advance copy for review Jan 30, Christiane Pages Unfolding rated it really liked it. An excellent collection of short stories! I love Oates' talent for telling deeply unsettling stories that stay long with you after you're finished reading.
Some recurring themes are women and violence against them, the rivalry between siblings, and death. She effortlessly combines the mundane with the mysterious and magical and delves deeply into the human mind. But beware! What you find there is definitely not beautiful. I also like her straightforward style with its elliptic sentences that are An excellent collection of short stories! I also like her straightforward style with its elliptic sentences that are nevertheless rich in detail and which create a very realistic atmosphere.
If you like neatly wrapped-up stories and lots of answers, you should stay away from this collection as there are open endings or just lose ends the reader has to tie up. In my opinion, that leaves Dis Girl for interpretation and makes for an unforgettable reading experience. In short, you don't read Joyce Carol Oates to have a good night's sleep, but to wake up. Read the stories, take a look at those around you, then turn your gaze inward, and feel the apprehension at beholding the same disconcerting character traits and storylines in yourself and those around you.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to netgalley and Grove Atlantic Mysterious Press Mar 10, Candace rated it it was ok Shelves: netgalleyDis Girl, short-storieshorror. I have always had a great appreciation for Oates' writing. The fact that she writes so much at such a high quality amazes me even more. However, her stories don't amaze me as much as her writing does.
This book is a collection of short stories all containing a mystery at the heart of each story. While not a fan of horror, I do love good mystery and gothic stories. But all of these had more horror and weirdness to them then I prefer. There is some humor, but it did not sit well with me in these s I have always had a great appreciation for Oates' writing. There is some humor, but it did not sit well with me in these stories. The stories also have another thing in common besides the fact that they are horror, the stories all have females as victims of something.
It might be themselves, another female, the unknown. I had hoped to read about women showing their strength; however, these stories leave a lot to the imagination. Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for this free copy. Jul 01, Dasha M rated it it was amazing. JCO is one of my writing idols. There are several stories in this collection that will haunt me. Longer analysis to come! Jun 01, Marvin rated it really liked it Shelves: suspense.
It looks like Joyce Carol Oates, clearly a voracious writer, is putting out another short fiction collection close on the heels of the superlative The Doll-Master. That entails seven in total. The last collection was fully titled "The Doll-Master and other tales of terror".
This new collection is correctly titled as tales of mystery and suspense as the horror aspect is toned down significant It looks like Joyce Carol Oates, clearly a voracious writer, is putting out another short fiction collection close on the heels of the superlative The Doll-Master. This new collection is correctly titled as tales of mystery and suspense as the horror aspect is toned down significantly.
But the aspect of psychological dread remains in these tales. Oates' fiction is steeped in psychological nuances and these stories in Dis Mem Ber are no different. In fact, if you are looking for fiction with a punchline and a clear ending, I doubt if you will be happy with Oates. Yet if you want human frailty and complexity then she is the writer for you. There is a reason she is always mentioned in the "short list" of potential and future Nobel Prize winners in literature.
This collection is of the high quality you would expect from Oates but, at least for me, doesn't reach the high standard she made for herself in The Doll-Master. About four stories are excellent and hits me in my guts even with her subtleties. But the other three are more misses than hits. Of the successes, "Great Blue Heron" is the most beautifully written as it deals with a grieving widow who fantasizes over the predator bird on her lake with harrowing results.
The title story examines similar young girl yearnings and fantasies of a young protagonist who may not be making the best decisions about who she hangs out with. It's a sneaky little story about those dark obsessions that take us over. All four of these takes grabs on to some inner darknessof the reader just like the best Oates fiction is liable to do.
The other three works are of high quality but didn't really hold me. Some editing was done, removing dead links and letters that referred to them for instance. All in all, it was a fascinating project, reading each word and the occasional trip to the dictionary or search site made it all the more satisfying. I hope you enjoy reading these exciting issues. Click here.
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