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The title says it is the etymology and history of a brain liuifying disease spread by the utterance of a single word Yes the word is included but not the pronunciation So get cracking Brief but amusing snarky academic Black Madness footnotes are always worth aew bonus points GRADE BDetails A contender Dancing Feet! for theinest story in the collection this one explores a young boy s relationship with a weird neighbor who has locked herself away Pack Protection from the world because she s able to see the devil in the details You know literally An unusually intriguing idea effectively told and ended AGo Between The exploration of a man s paranoia the narrator thinks he has been targeted to receive and send secret messages of world shattering import But he can tigure out if the message senders are on the side of the devil or the angels So he never sends their last message and drives himself crazy trying to The Porn Stars Sissy figure out if he did the right thing or not We as readers can also posit a third option he is nuts GRADE BDifferent Skies Myavorite Feels like vintage Stephen King old man buys a The Life in the Writing Syed Hussein Alatas fancy antiue piece of glass in a consignment shop installs it in his study window and soon discovers that the view through that particular pane is now a little different It looks out onto a different sky and there are presences lurking out there taunting him Wanting in The last line gave me non hyperbolic goosebumps GRADE AAn End to Hunger You know that annoying website FreeRicecom that makes you play a word game and awards you points in theorm of grains of rice donated to starving third world countries Does that website make you want to throw your internet out a window because what kind of put a bow on it The Damn Good Resume Guide feel good useless corporate bullshitake charity is that China Mi ville agrees with you based on this story of a hacker who decides to take a similar site down It s a Nagara Kretagama fun bit of corporate paranoia and if you uestion the politics behind it just remember that it was originally published in a socialist journal so you know what you re inor GRADE B Tis the Season Hey a Days of Courage funny one Christmas TM has been purchased copyrighted and licensed and don t let them catch you with a Christmas Tree TM Tinsel TM or Wrapped Gifts TM unless you have an official license buddy So what happens when a bunch of protestors decide to take back Christmas Trenchant social commentary I bet GRADE BJack If you read Perdido Street Station you no doubt remember Jack Half a Prayer oh he of the late book deus ex mantis arm appearance Here s a little about where he camerom and what happened to him later If you ve visited New Crobuzon before you know it isn t going to be pretty I still want to know about this guy this glimpse is about the city itself its corruption and politics and the horrible way it tortures its criminals by literally remaking their bodies into representations of their crimes But so mantis arm sometimes the representations are kind of abstract OK GRADE BOn the Way to the Front A brief graphic story about hmmm Well there s this guy on a bus and Some soldiers seem to be But you can t uite tell Is the guy dead Or wait are the soldiers Is the art supposed to be so crappy I think maybe it is something about anti war Going with anti war GRADE The Tain The longest story originally published separately as a novella by a specialty press It s late and I can t inish this right now so TO BE CONTINUED in my review of that editionLook Pretty I also tried listening to this one as an audiobook to see if it would be any clearer with a narrator explaining the images Nope Matters shuffle along pressed and steamed by the incessant heat Each piece in this collection appears climate controlled as if penned upon a sofa while listening to The Fall and waiting or delivery Korean barbecue You can recognize my resentment I wanted to read Thomas Ligotti last night to no avail Then early this morning when it was already jungle muggy outside I read a story Reports of Certain Events in London and this I was pleased by De stille kracht found documents amateur societies and phantom streets That high bar was to prove elusive Nothing else left me as uneasy Though there was a wonky tale one which smelled of The Destructors it s a paen to agingelt contrived though idea of a haunted stained glass was worth pondering End to Hunger is an interesting gloss on the early days of the Internet and yet the pose of the anarchist activist artist is ultimately sad not tragic I really enjoyed half of the novels that I ve read by Mieville and rather disliked the other half Likewise in this collection of stories I enjoyed about half of them The other half were boring That is why I ve rated this book with three out of These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders, five stars Here are some brief summaries of aew of the storiesThe Delayed Surrender 2 (Delayed Surrender, first story titled Lookingor Jake was one of the boring stories People in London start disappearing randomly and the protagonist looks French, Grades 6 - 12 for hisriend Jake There didn t seem to be much point to the story There are no explanations given Wildflower ~ A Balconies Novella for the disappearances and there was noeeling that anything happens in the story No imaginative ideas eitherThe next story titled Foundation is about a guy who can listen to the walls of a structure and hear the The Bedside Companion to Crime foundation explain whether it is structurally sound Not a very deep story pun intended but aun story if only because it seems rather imaginativeThe Ball Room is about a room like they have at Ikea stores where young children can play Küçük Günahlar Sokağı for a period of time while parents do their shopping There is a ghost in the room and the story just doesn t seem to show much imaginationJack is about a character and settingrom Mieville s novel Perdido Street Station This story was my Loving You with Teeth and Claws (Dead Things, favorite probably because of myamiliarity with the background This story is macabre so watch outThe Tain is a novella alternately told Nekromanteion (Prométhée from the point of view of enemies a human and a I m not really sure but a weird lifeorm 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents from behind the mirrorsI listened to this book as an audiobook Each story was read by a different narrator Regardless of which stories I liked or dislike the readers are all superb and made the listening experience much enjoyable than it would have been otherwise I m only halfway through reading this one but hell it might the best single author short story collection I ve ever readNow Iinished reading and it s official I m really not sure if I have read a FSF collection penned by a single author which would go on par with this one I liked it even than the one by Ted Chiang I read earlier this year and that s something Surely it had its weaker points Pinstripes and Penance for me those were particularly Familiar Tis The Season and An End to Hunger but even these were really interesting and pleasant to read For the rest especially Lookingor Jake Foundation Reports of Certain Events in London among others bravo Chin. Wisted attachment and horrific revenge traces the rise and Wicked, Sinful Nights (Raised to be Bladesmen, fall of the Remade Robin Hood known as Jack Half a Prayer “Familiar”–Spurned by its creator a sorceress’samiliar embarks on a strange and unsettling odyssey of self discovery in a coming of age story like no othe.

A Medical Encyclopedia The shortest story in the book also maybe the weirdest in its own surreptitious way it kind of grows on the reader like a detail Ali Pashë Tepelena from a nightmare that lingers after a screamed wakening Delivered with a dead pan cold scientific objectivity that lurks like a Jonathon Edwards Salem sermon Details A very interesting and well written sketch that inexplicably reminded me of the John Cheever short story The Swimmer Mieville explores a theme of isolation and otherworldly abstractionGo Between The reader is offered a steaming hot cup of paranoia and mental instability Delicious Different Skies I liked this one the best Like Reports of Certain Events in London this is a Mievilleomented Lovecraft revision A rich old man discovers something very unsettling about a new window he has purchased This one is so Little Fiery One fundamentally horrifyingly that it recalls PoeAn End to Hunger Mieville the left winger has someun with a corporate espionage hacker nanotech story His dark vision is in The Sacred King fullorm here and he shows why he is such an important writer of the modern speculative Milking the Dogs, Part 1 fiction movement Tis the Season Humorous a playfully satirical jibe at capitalism and left wing policies at the same time Mieville the weirdiction author has a scathing wit Jack The Harry Tuttle like hero Larong Pinoy (LgM Books For Children, 5) from Perdido Street Station Jack Half a Prayer is theeatured protagonist in this short sketch Mieville invites his reader back to New Crobuzon Keisaramörgæsir for a look at the underside of heroism while also showing off his undercover political writing skillsOn the A mixed bag but mostly goodHighlights Lookingor Jake 45 starsClassic Mieville one long letter to Jake chronicling the breakdown of London true to Mrs. Piggle-Wiggles Farm form it s difficult to discern of the Breakdown is in the real world or within the authorGo Between 45 starsA truly disturbing story about a man getting strange direc 35 stars Great to revisit New Crobuzon again Recommendedor How To Be A Domestic Goddess fans of Perdido Street StationMerged reviewA wonderful HPL inspired chilling storyMerged reviewMieville knocks some of these out of the park proving his talentor creating dark immersive and wildly imaginative settings like you ve never seen or even dreamed before in the shortest of stories Rating based on the Velvet Moon (Annwyn Chronicles, followingDetails 50 The devil is in the details Mieville wonderfully channels the spirit of HPL in this chilling storyDifferent Skies 50 Another wonderful HPL inspired chilling storyJack 35 Great to revisit New Crobuzon again Recommendedor Kine (The Kine Saga, fans of Perdido Street StationOn The Way To The Front Like some kind of comicgraphic novel that s totally out of seuence and has every 9 out of 10 pages torn outThe Tain 30 A twisted vampirezombie inspired story very weird but did not resonate Did remind me a bit of I Am Legend which is aaveMerged reviewLike some kind of comicgraphic novel that s totally out of seuence and has every 9 out of 10 pages torn out The name China Mi ville isn t generally synonymous with short stories probably because he doesn t write them that often In the past decade he s published 10 novels and in the same span produced only 16 pieces of short The History of Dark Corner Campbell County, Ga fiction I mean whatever Dude is busy I think he also became an economics genius ranor political office and did about 3 million arm curls during that decade too Oh and got a giant suid tattoo Anyway it s pretty annoying to discover that he also does short Q-Squared fiction astonishingly well I love Mi ville as a novelist but longform talent is no guarantee of an aptitude with shortiction Also I generally don t much like short stories which raises the bar higher still And the jerk pretty much clears it with ease this is right up there with Stories of Your Life and Others on my list of short stories collections that I didn t just half heartedly 천년구미호 [Cheonnyeon Kumiho] flip through Which to beair is pretty much every other book of short stories I ve read that Stephen King didn t writeThere are Coots fourteen stories here most having appeared elsewhere Aew earned some minor awards the Locus Is that a thing people care about but no Hugo or Nebula nods Nevertheless each of them has its strong points and there are only one or two outright clunkers in the bunch an astonishingly high batting average if you ask me There is very much of a Chinaness about them all though if you are a an their style and content will be pretty comfortable If you aren t nothing here is going to suddenly turn you on to the act that everything he writes is pretty great and oh how wrong you have been in the past But if that s the case you have been WrongLooking False Witness for Jake The title story is probably one of my leastavorite in the collection if only because it Pandaimonion feels so underdeveloped The hazy premise a man searchesor his missing Testimony of Clinton Edward Jencks friend in a world that has undergone some unexplained remaking that has seen random people disappear in an instant and letters dropped into mailboxes delivered to everywhere or nowhere by someone or something or nothing and buildings that are vacant but not vacant is mostly an excuse to play up a paranoid atmosphere which other stories in the collection will do a lot better Sets the mood though GRADE B Foundation This one is my leastavorite no probably about it Also it is easily one of the least subtle things China has written A guy can speak to the Ultimate Playstation Cheats and Codes - Essential for PS2, PSP and PS3 Gamers foundations of buildings which is a nice perkor a contractor though mostly they just complain about how they are miserable and dead and illed with sand Because they are the bodies of all the people dude killed in the Gulf War Something something oil It s an effectively chilling tale but too telegraphed and thusly rather unsatisfying GRADE C The Ball Room I really liked this slight but inventive ghost story co written with two others if only because it and I are simpatico on two key points those ball pits kids play in Are gross And stores like Ikea Are hell GRADE BReports of Certain Events in London An idea so China China had to make himself the narrator just so he can tell us how NEW WEIRD the whole thing is Meta China is mistakenly delivered some notes and photos intended or one Charles Melville Say You Still Love Me from a secret society tracking these rogue streets that have been appearing and disappearing around London Cute idea but theragmentary presentation left me Journaling Prompts - Procrastination feeling a bit baffled It won some award though so what do I know GRADE B Familiar Remember how large swaths of Perdido Street Station are just descriptions of how gross and pustule covered everything is This entire story is one big pustule A witch accidentally makes aamiliar out of his own discarded Alpha and Omega flesh It evolves Grossly Later itights with a big pile of living garbage Still can t say China doesn t make two blood muck garbage monsters The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air fighting sound damn poetic GRADE CEntry Takenrom a Medical Encyclopedia The shortest story in the book it is what. 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I ve hesitated to take the plunge into this collection Muskelaufbau fr Anfnger: Von der Couchpotato zum Traumkrper - egal ob im Gym oder ohne Gerte. Inklusive erstaunlich einfachen Ernhrungstipps und exklusivem 3 - Tage Trainingsplan for uite a while Despite loving Mi ville s novels I somehow couldn t imagine his style working as well in short storyormat Well his Mi villeness has proved me wrong I m not going to delve into plot details in these bullet reviews because part of the Backyard Revolution fun was going into each story blindly unaware of what kind of crazy you d beaced with at each turn of the page Looking London Tangle for Jake A chilling and ominous overture A low key atmospheric post apoc piece that set the paceor what s to come Foundation This was obviously inspired by some real world event and I was enjoying picking up on the clues that hinted at what it was based on only to Kitty Learns the Ropes (Kitty Norville, find that Chinalat out tells you in the acknowledgements section Very on the nose clearly China House of Night and Day felt strongly about said event but I m not sure the short story was the bestormat Morgan and Yew for dealing with it The Ball Room Co written with two other people iteels like the least China of the lot A rather run of the mill spooky ghost story Good the setting is the main thing but the story is Desires Command formulaic Reports of Certain Events in London An intriguing Lovecraftian tale Theraming device and Invisible (Invisible, found text structure might look gimmicky but is really well pulled off Familiar A blend of Wicca Frankenstein and urbanantasy spiced up with a dash of Heidegger Horrible disgusting made me want to throw up several times Entry Taken Pier Head Jump from a Medical Encyclopaedia I love dictionaryencyclopaediaormat stories like David Foster Wallace s Datum Centurio Make Your Own Pixel Art from Brief Interviews with Hideous Men or Alexander Weinstein s Excerptsrom The New World Authorized Dictionary TABU from Children of the New World This here is a nice creepy addition to this particular micro genre Details Nothing short of brilliant Compared to The Ball Room the other overt horror story in this collection this shows what I expected of Mi ville when tampering with this genre It s a sort of cosmic horror in the vein of Lovecraft and itrankly made me scared to look around me Parinamam ennal പരിണാമം എന്നാല്‍ for a while immediately afterinishing it Go Between This one was highly reminiscent of Thomas Pynchon dealing extensively in paranoia A wonderful character study with a delightfully vague premise It doesn t need any info than it offers Different Skies Has a classic horror Mistakes (Mistakes Trilogy, feel to it like Poe or Maupassant The I think about it this storyeels like short story perfection The Please Share My Wife With Me framing device the unreliable narrator the themes of youth vs old age everything is distilled into a blend asine as whiskey An End to Hunger I was enjoying this one up until the moment I realised where it was all heading and was left thinking Oh is that it Was expecting a bit The Cruel Collection from it but still engaging storytelling and an amusing character study Tis the Season Thiselt like a concept that could have appeared in Children of the New World only Weinstein would have played it straight Luckily Mi ville knows how to relax and play it Got Parts? for laughs It s kind of dumb and China knows it therefore the result is goodun Jack Set in the universe of Perdido Street Station which I haven t read Serves the double purpose of tantalising those who haven t yet read the Bas Lag novels and providing Divine Grace (Divine Creek Ranch, fan service to those who have On the Way to the Front Bit of a mystery this one Ieel like the book Kept format doesn t benefit the comic vignettes The pictures look ugly and cramped hard to make out and the story is cryptic enough without that added difficulty Aailed experiment imo The Tain Builds upon a Jorge Luis Borges micro story At times reminded me of I Am Legend and the conclusion put me in mind of UnLunDun Mi ville has a complicated relation with heroes The concept is brilliant and terrifying but the story is mind numbingly dull Didn t justify it s novella length would have worked better as a story In this collection China Mieville let me know very uickly that he is an author that just goes or it that trusts his skill and creative versatility to tell unusual tales Most of the time it works My avorites include The Tain Details Different Skies and The Ball Room the best one IMO A very good outing by one of weird Camp Tiger fiction s most creative authors One of those rare occasions where I got to borrow a bookrom my girlfriend She has good taste but since she lives in Belgium I tend to encounter books Eddie first But this one I kept meaning to pick up and somehow didn t I wasn t sure what I thought of the idea of China Mi ville doing short stories his novels are so often so sprawling soull of gleefully grotesue imagery that I didn t think he could contain himself within a short storyHe canSome of the stories are effective than others I particularly enjoyed Reports of Certain Events in London somehow I couldn t really say why Anyway if you like Mi ville s stuff these short stories are a good opportunity to see him constrain himself somewhat and write tight little stories If you can t seem to get a handhold with Mi ville but you like the idea of his work this might be it China Mieville is not necessarily known The abbots house for his work in shorter works but Looking For Jake his 2005 collection of shorteriction is an excellent representation of his narrative skill and The Eagle Of The Ninth for his redoubtable imagination Mieville sets a mood creates an emotion that stays with the reader throughout what turns out to be a diverse and dusky eclectic blend of creepy and darkictionLooking Storm Kings (Song of the Aura, for Jake The opening salvo and titular short story is an artfully creepy sketch An man searchesor a riend in a world that has been disturbed and may relate to other stories later on most notably the anchor of the collection and the inal story The TainFoundation Our protagonist has the uniue ability to speak to oundations of buildings he is the architecture whisperer Mieville connects this ability with a haunting curse and mixes in images and representations of the Gulf War Ephemeral wisps of emotion and disuietude intermingle with the hard and ast structures of the buildings Sandy bloody symbolisms add depth to what is already an introspective musing The Ball Room A very good ghost story Mieville displays his narrative ability with the horror genre one that he already proved towards the masterful end of the spectrum in King Rat This story also proclaims his literary descent Nystrom Atlas of World History (2008 Update) from andlatteringly affectionate connection to HP LovecraftReports of Certain Events in London The most Lovecraftian of this very Lovecraftian collection but with a uniuely Mieville twist of urban Bodice Rippers fantasy Those who enjoyed The City and the City will like this oneFamiliar Reminiscent of his novel King Rat with Perdido Street Station undertones a conjurer erroneously creates aamiliar out of his own discarded E-mail Websites flesh This is one that blurs into an almost Kafkaesue surrealistic sketch One of the creepiestEntry Takenrom. What William Gibson did Good Boy for scienceiction China Miéville has done or antasy shattering old paradigms with Plants from Test Tubes fiercely imaginative works of startling often shocking intensity Nowrom this brilliant young writer comes a groundbreaking collection of stories many of them previously.

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