Item description for Report to the Men's Club and Other Stories by Carol Emshwiller...
"These short stories have a mysterious glow."-JANE
"A startling, strong fourth collection."-Kirkus Reviews
"Carol Emshwiller's stories are wonder-filled, necessary, and beautifully crafted."-Samuel R. Delany
What if the world ended on your birthday-and no one came? What if your grandmother was a superhero? Recommended to readers of Judy Budnitz, Geoff Ryman, Aimee Bender, and Grace Paley.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.79" Weight: 0.86 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2002
Publisher Small Beer Press
ISBN 193152002X ISBN13 9781931520027
Availability 0 units.
More About Carol Emshwiller
Carol Emshwiller is the author of the collections Report to the Men's Club, The Start of the End of it All, Verging on the Pertinent, Joy in Our Cause, and I Live With You, and the novels The Mount, Carmen Dog, Ledoyt, and Leaping Man Hill.
Reviews - What do customers think about Report to the Men's Club and Other Stories?
Memorable, Provocative and Entertaining Nov 15, 2004
This is the first book that I read from Carol Emschwiller. I read a short story of hers from another annual collection and thereafter desired to read more of her stories. Each of the 19 stories included in "Report to the Men's Club" are imaginative and original. For example, in "Mrs. Jones", one of two rivaling spinsters realizes that a strange creature has been visiting them at night. It is her bizarre reaction and plan that sets this story apart. Though she finds that the creature cannot speak, she entraps the manlike bat and refashions him as her husband. The ending is hysterical. In both "Foster Mother" and "Creature" the author finds the humanity in creatures that are clearly far from human. The story "Grandma" raised a lot of issues about what to do with superheros and superheroines when they have passed their prime. I really wish that this story was a little longer. If you like fantastic stories that make you think, have witty humor, contain thought-provoking surprises, and are satirical in nature, you will like this book.
original, but... Jul 29, 2004
well, this book gets two stars for trying to be original, but i found it to be a little bit too elementry. the writing falls flat in many places, making short stories boring, which is hard to do. i only found one of the short stories to be of any interest, and all the other ones seemed to be the same story again and again, particularly in the middle. i advise reading some ray bradbury short stories if you're interested in alienish things, instead of this book.