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Book Title: Monstrous Affections|
The author of the book: David Nickle
Edition: ChiZine Publications
Date of issue: October 15th 2009
ISBN 13: 9780981297835
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Reader ratings: 6.8
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.11 MB
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Oh, Canada, our literary neighbors to the North. If us Americans paid too much attention to you we might begin to feel a little embarrassed that we alone are not the sole creators of literary culture this side of the Europe (nevermind those Southerns who write in another language, we can shove them aside easy enough). It is a good thing we generally ignore your writers, we might start to feel some kind of envy. And then we might have to blow you up. That's what happens. Or just wreck your economy, support fascist juntas, help kill off intellectuals, that kind of thing.
Anyway, here is a Canadian horror writer. Really. Those kooky canucks apparently aren't only polite, but they also have some twisted and dark thoughts floating around in their heads. No shit, right? Crazy. I know this is sort of like a re-run of half my other Canadian book reviews, but I'm seriously shocked every time that I come across any Canadian that isn't polite and good (unless it's from Montreal, where I know that the people aren't polite, unless they work at Club Super Sex, where the late night television commercial I saw about ten thousand and fifty times in college tells me the nicest people are (imagine a country where they advertise a strip joint on TV and push its niceness as a selling point)).
I'll continue to sound like a broken record here and go blah blah blah about how I'm not a fan of short stories, so just fill in the gaps here. If you haven't read earlier reviews of mine about short stories, don't worry you aren't missing anything illuminating, you are just getting an idea about why this is only a three star book by me. If I were a shameless procurer of votes I would have each and every word here hyperlinked to to a different review for you to read and vote on. I'm not though.
If I were interested in talking about the book more than myself and engaging in not-so-interesting digressions (like this one, where you can click here to hear a song by one of my favorite Canadians under the age of 50), I would give my thoughts on the various stories. The ones I liked, the ones I didn't. Why I liked some. What I found lacking in others. Etc. There are some other reviewers here who do this really well, and when I was reading this book I thought, gosh I will give little mini-reviews for each story (hey are you still listening to the song? Doesn't it have some great lyrics? And isn't it funny how the silly canuck pronounces Maryland, sort of like an out of towner saying Houston Street in New York as if it were a city in Texas).
I should really start to say something about the book.
Many of the stories are creepy and atmospheric, I guess what one might call a contemporary gothic? Not like goth kids, but like gothic, but maybe I'm just stealing this from the guy who wrote the introduction to the book. It is the stories that go beyond the atmospheric and get kind of twisted that I liked best. Like the first story in the book, which I can't say much about or else it will ruin your reading of it. Yes you will be reading it, so I can't say anything. Or the wonderful story about homicidal children. Kids killing people is pretty much a slam dunk for me in books and the story in this collection is absolutely wonderful.
On top of the creepiness of the book there is a creepy cover that some people say looks kind of crappy, but which I say looks great and gets people to give you really strange looks when they walk by you reading the book. I had no idea so many people looked to see what I was reading when I read outside on break, but by the number of looks I got there are quite a few. Or I was just secreting shit that day and people were involuntarily responding the the odor of feces emanating from me. Or maybe both.
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Read information about the authorDavid Nickle is the author of several novels and numerous short stories. His latest novel, The 'Geisters, is available from ChiZine Publications. His novel Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism was a finalist for the Aurora Award, the Sunburst Award and the Compton Crook Award. His story collection Monstrous Affections won the 2009 Black Quill Reader's Choice Award. He's a past winner of the Bram Stoker Award and Aurora Award. He lives and works in Toronto.
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