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Book Title: Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets|
Edition: Black Lawrence
Date of issue: May 6th 2015
ISBN 13: 9781625579331
The author of the book: Jacob M. Appel
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 651 KB
Read full description of the books Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets:i have finally come around to enjoying short stories (hi, alan!) but i still do hate reviewing them. and unfortunately, i used up all my creativity on the last book of short stories i reviewed, so i'm at a loss.
i liked this collection slightly, only slightly less than Einstein's Beach House: Stories, but it's still an excellent read. like e.b.h., this one is also only eight stories long but the stories are of the "stick with you" variety, so it doesn't feel flimsy.
the cover is composed of visual touchstones for the stories within, even though there are only seven images, and i'm not sure which story the beakers or the thermometer are meant to connect to. but since a picture speaks a thousand words, and several pictures speak exponentially more words, i am going to go with a picture-based review because otherwise i'll get all bogged down trying to review each story separately which is not going to help me get through this giant stack of "to be reviewed" books i have cluttering up my windowsill. but i will select one or two representative lines for each story, for those of you who like words.
Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets
Vegetarianism was not an issue on Red Ziggy's home planet, where organic molecules were absorbed from the atmosphere through the skin.
Phoebe with Impending Frost
"Trust me," I assure her. "I'm a climatologist."
"It's good practice for you too, Mama," says Celeste. "This way you won't be so lonely when I leave. You can just pretend I'm in the clock."
The Resurrection Bakeoff*
She thought I was crying because our time together loomed so short, not because I had used it so poorly.
That's why I prefer to focus on the present. If you have one good day, nobody can take that away from you."
The Grand Concourse
She'll be one tough baby. If I decide to keep her, that is.
Measures of Sorrow
"You can't use the word transgression on a date. You sound like Reinhold Niebuhr."
Shell Game with Organs
At seventeen I would have traded a lung for a blow job, but at forty-one a kidney for love seems like a risky venture.
it's another great collection from an author who is really making me crave short stories. how far i have come...
* my favorite, if you're asking
Read information about the author**Please note: A limited number of complimentary electronic copies of several of my books are available for review. Please email me directly if you are interested**
Jacob M. Appel's first novel, The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up, won the Dundee International Book Award in 2012. His short story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won the 2012 Hudson Prize. He has published short fiction in more than two hundred literary journals including Agni, Conjunctions, Gettysburg Review, Southwest Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and West Branch. His work has been short listed for the O. Henry Award (2001), Best American Short Stories (2007, 2008), Best American Essays (2011, 2012), and received "special mention" for the Pushcart Prize in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2013.
Jacob holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Brown University, an M.A. and an M.Phil. from Columbia University, an M.S. in bioethics from the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College, an M.D. from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, an M.F.A. in creative writing from New York University, an M.F.A. in playwriting from Queens College, an M.P.H. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He currently practices psychiatry in New York City.
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