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The Baum Plan for Financial Independence: and Other Stories [Paperback]

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"These stories offer a sustained exploration of the ways gender dynamics can both empower and enslave us. Kessel's wit sparkles throughout, peaking with the most uproariously weird phone-sex conversation you'll ever read ('The Red Phone')." Grade: A- ---Entertainment Weekly

"One of the best collections of the year."---Locus

"These well-crafted stories, full of elegantly drawn characters, deliver a powerful emotional punch."---Publishers Weekly

A long-awaited collection that intersects imaginatively with Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, The Wizard of Oz, and Flannery O'Connor. Includes John Kessel's modern classic sequence about life on the moon.

Winner of the Nebula, Sturgeon, Locus, and Tiptree awards, John Kessel is the author of The New York Times Notable Book Meeting in Infinity. He co-edited the anthologies Feeling Very Strange and Rewired. Kessel and his family live in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he co-directs the creative writing program at North Carolina State University.





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Pages   315
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   Small Beer Press
ISBN  193152050X  
ISBN13  9781931520508  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Kessel's stories have won the Nebula, Sturgeon, Locus, and Tiptree Awards. His books include Good News from Outer Space, Corrupting Dr. Nice, and collections The Pure Product and Meeting in Infinity (a New York Times Notable Book). Kessel and his family live in Raleigh, NC, where he co-directs the creative writing program at North Carolina State University.

John Kessel currently resides in Raleigh, in the state of North Carolina.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > History & Criticism > Criticism & Theory > General
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Short Stories > General
3Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Authors, A-Z > ( K ) > Kessel, John
4Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > History & Criticism



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Sometimes variety is the spice of life  Sep 3, 2008
Sometimes variety is the spice of life. "The Baum Plan for Financial Independence: And Other Stories" is a short story collection not limiting itself to a single genre. From the seductive relationships of people of questionable virtue, to encounters with Frankenstein, to Matriarchal lunar colonies, it's a collection with something for fiction readers of every genre. A highly recommended addition for personal reading lists and community library collections, "The Baum Plan for Financial Independence" is ideal reading for anyone looking for a very special series of stories, each one a uniquely crafted tale showcasing John Kessel's storytelling talent.
 
Free SF Reader  Apr 16, 2008
A collection that is in the main, science fiction. There are 14 stories, which is a considerable number for a single-author book, so room for some variety, with excursions into fantasy, Frankenstein crossover pastiche, whacky, and even mainstream reptile loving.

The strength of this work is in the section the author calls "A Lunar Quartet": --The Juniper Tree --Stories for Men --Under the Lunchbox Tree --Sunlight or Rock, and the first two are the two best, and excellent tales.

Overall, a good quality group of stories, averaging 3.57.

Baum Plan for Financial Independence : The Baum Plan for Financial Independence [short story] - John Kessel
Baum Plan for Financial Independence : Every Angel Is Terrifying - John Kessel
Baum Plan for Financial Independence : The Red Phone - John Kessel
Baum Plan for Financial Independence : The Invisible Empire - John Kessel
Baum Plan for Financial Independence : The Juniper Tree - John Kessel
Baum Plan for Financial Independence : Stories for Men - John Kessel
Baum Plan for Financial Independence : Under the Lunchbox Tree - John Kessel
Baum Plan for Financial Independence : Sunlight or Rock - John Kessel
Baum Plan for Financial Independence : The Snake Girl - John Kessel
Baum Plan for Financial Independence : It's All True - John Kessel
Baum Plan for Financial Independence : The Last American - John Kessel
Baum Plan for Financial Independence : Downtown - John Kessel
Baum Plan for Financial Independence : Powerless - John Kessel
Baum Plan for Financial Independence : Pride and Prometheus - John Kessel

Magic money.

3 out of 5


Dead cat, not people?

3.5 out of 5


"My amygdala vibrates with primal impulse as the sensory overload threatens to reduce my IQ by forty points."

3.5 out of 5


"The governor had vowed "to expunge the viper of female vigilance organizations" from the state."

Just another dead president in a line, why these blokes so upset?

4 out of 5


Colony murder mystery reconstruction results.

4.5 out of 5


Cousinly sexist society xx gene fight club.

4.5 out of 5


Boring retreat.

3 out of 5


Only bet when you know what you are doing.

3.5 out of 5


Overconfident ice chick, and I get stuck with the reptile.

3 out of 5


Welles into the negative.

4 out of 5


DAS Biography.

4 out of 5


I'm almost off, Duck.

3 out of 5


Dodgy experiment dwarf busted brain damage interlude.

3 out of 5


It's Alive with Prejudice.

3.5 out of 5
 
A Strong Collection  Apr 5, 2008
Overall a very strong collection of stories. The most interesting stories are the four set in a moon colony controlled by a matriarchal society known as the Cousins where there are almost no sexual taboos and men are "freed" to use their skills in the arts and sciences in exchange for not being allowed to own any significant property and being excluded from governing. It is an interesting society that seems to have many of the same flaws as our current society, but with a different spin. Other strong stories are "Powerless", "The Last American", "It's All True" and "Pride and Prometheus".

The downside of the book is that also all the stories are well-written and kept my interest, some of them such as the title story just seemed to end without much of a conclusion or a real point that I could see.
 

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