Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James

Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow ❰PDF❯ ✅ Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow Author James K. Morrow – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Join the Abominable Snowman as, determined to transcend his cannibalistic past, he studies Tibetan Buddhism under the Dalai Lama Pace the walls of Ilium with fair Helen as she tries to convince both s Other Means: eBook ´ Join the Abominable Snowman as, determined to transcend his cannibalistic past, he studies Tibetan Buddhism under the Dalai Lama Pace the walls of Ilium with fair Helen as she tries to convince both sides to abandon their absurd Trojan War Visit the nursery of Zenobia Garber, born to a Pennsylvania farm couple who accept her for the uncanny little biosphere she Reality by ePUB í is Scramble aboard the raft built by the passengers and crew of the sinking Titanic and don t be surprised when the vessel transmutes into a world even astonishing than the original Ship of Dreams Reality by Other Means offers readers the most celebrated results from James Morrow s thirty five year career designing fictive thought experiments Anchored by seven previously uncollected by Other Means: Kindle Ï stories, this omnibus ranges from social satire to theological hijinks, steampunk escapades to philosophical antics.


10 thoughts on “Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow

  1. Riju Ganguly Riju Ganguly says:

    This book contains an erudite introduction, seventeen beloved stories, and acknowledgements After reading them, I really don t have a lot to say So, no review Rather, I would like to offer two cautionary advice for subsequent or future readers 1 These stories are so witty that they might make you gnash your teeth in a manner detrimental to your dental health but that might make dentists gleeful.2 Post modernism, even in the garb of very well written and rather humorous tales that walk li This book contains an erudite introduction, seventeen beloved stories, and acknowledgements After reading them, I really don t have a lot to say So, no review Rather, I would like to offer two cautionary advice for subsequent or future readers 1 These stories are so witty that they might make you gnash your teeth in a manner detrimental to your dental health but that might make dentists gleeful.2 Post modernism, even in the garb of very well written and rather humorous tales that walk like a boss between Scylla of absurdity and Charybdis of seriousness, MUST be consumed in minuscule dosage, lest you develop severe mental cramps Nuff said


  2. Eveningstar2 Eveningstar2 says:

    James Morrow is a hell of a writer I m not sure he s a satirist Every reviewer quoted on the dust jacket insist that Morrow is the premier satirist of our age, our version of Jonathan Swift but then, every modern satirist is inevitably declared the reincarnation of Swift didn t we say this about Pratchett I m beginning to suspect that satire is just a code word literary readers use to describe weird fantasy so they don t have to admit they actually read fantasy.I m not even sure Morrow i James Morrow is a hell of a writer I m not sure he s a satirist Every reviewer quoted on the dust jacket insist that Morrow is the premier satirist of our age, our version of Jonathan Swift but then, every modern satirist is inevitably declared the reincarnation of Swift didn t we say this about Pratchett I m beginning to suspect that satire is just a code word literary readers use to describe weird fantasy so they don t have to admit they actually read fantasy.I m not even sure Morrow is a fantasist, and there s something about this collection that defies the messy taxonomy of genre He obviously uses his imagination, shamelessly and with aplomb The premise of his stories are so wonderfully ridiculous that I can t imagine they d succeed in the hands of a less skilled writer.I still haven t figured out what it is that makes Morrow so incredibly witty and entertaining His stories are fun They re wild, delightfully imaginative things told with the voice of a natural storyteller His writing is so full of charm, so bright with humor, and yet so dark and sordid when he wants to be I was enthralled by just about every single story I read here, although the book does seem a bit front loaded His best stories are the earliest ones Toward the end of the book, the stories becomeobviously post apocalyptic, their symbolism and metaphorsblunt.But I don t think I ll ever forget Bigfoot and the Bodhisattva, in which a brain eating yeti seeks out the Dalai Lama in order to achieve enlightenment or Daughter Earth, in which an unassuming mid Western couple give birth to a planet an actual, real planet Vampires of Paradox is as disturbing and intriguing as the best gothic horror I ve read, but told with Morrow s wry, philosophical style.Every good Morrow story feels like a bit of a joke There s something absurd about his premises It helps that he s a genuinely funny writer He has a sense of irony and timing and wordplay that gives his stories a smiling edge.Perhaps that s why reviewers tend to call Morrow a satirist His stories are sharp and funny and philosophical But I m not sure Morrow is a satirist I didn t catch the scent of activism or moral outrage in his stories Morrow is a powerfully imaginative writer He does what he wants on the page Calling him a satirist narrows his field of vision, imposes interpretation on stories that defy interpretation.Maybe this is the best way to describe James Morrow a damn fine writer with a tremendous imagination


  3. Alison C Alison C says:

    Reality by Other Means The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow includes previously published short stories and novellas, dating between 1988 and 2014 Morrow is best known as a satirist, with particular attention paid to religious absurdities, and this collection showcases his abilities nicely I especially enjoyed Bigfoot and the Bodhisattva, in which a yeti near Mount Everest travels to learn from the Dalai Lama Known But to God and Wilbur Hines, a poignant take on the Tomb of the Unkno Reality by Other Means The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow includes previously published short stories and novellas, dating between 1988 and 2014 Morrow is best known as a satirist, with particular attention paid to religious absurdities, and this collection showcases his abilities nicely I especially enjoyed Bigfoot and the Bodhisattva, in which a yeti near Mount Everest travels to learn from the Dalai Lama Known But to God and Wilbur Hines, a poignant take on the Tomb of the Unknown Martyrs of the Upshot Knothole, which features an aging John Wayne and The Raft of the Titanic, in which survivors of the 1912 disaster find a way forward into the rest of their lives Of course other readers will like other stories, but with 17 stories to choose from, there s a great deal to enjoy Religious fanatics will froth at the mouth, but other readers will be well served to search out this lovely volume recommended


  4. Dar Dar says:

    Five stars for originality The author bio says, He frequently writes in a satiric theologic mode Characters in the stories include the Dalai Lama, Bigfoot, Helen of Troy, Spinoza and Nietzsche But his invented characters spring off the page Dr Kreigar the Paradox Professor, Bruno and Mina Pearl the sex artists, Lady Witherspoon theevolutionist , and several fascinating insects It helps when reading this book if you are open to poking fun at god You will be surprised by touching insig Five stars for originality The author bio says, He frequently writes in a satiric theologic mode Characters in the stories include the Dalai Lama, Bigfoot, Helen of Troy, Spinoza and Nietzsche But his invented characters spring off the page Dr Kreigar the Paradox Professor, Bruno and Mina Pearl the sex artists, Lady Witherspoon theevolutionist , and several fascinating insects It helps when reading this book if you are open to poking fun at god You will be surprised by touching insights into humanity well, maybe not now that you know they re there I have a new definition of speculative fiction and this is it


  5. Monique Monique says:

    I would call this a collection of weird fictionthan speculative, science, or fantasy My favorite is hands down Arms and the Woman, which is a profoundly feminist and insightful version of the Helen of Troy story I think it was the reason I bought the collection Next is Bigfoot and the Bodhisattva It s worth it to get the book for just those two The rest are very weird Interesting to read, but not as emotionally effective to me as those two More intellectual play But I cou I would call this a collection of weird fictionthan speculative, science, or fantasy My favorite is hands down Arms and the Woman, which is a profoundly feminist and insightful version of the Helen of Troy story I think it was the reason I bought the collection Next is Bigfoot and the Bodhisattva It s worth it to get the book for just those two The rest are very weird Interesting to read, but not as emotionally effective to me as those two More intellectual play But I could read Arms and the Woman a million times


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