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eBook The Story Until Now: A Great Big Book of Stories download ISBN: 0819573493
Author: Kit Reed
Publisher: Wesleyan (March 15, 2013)
Language: English
Pages: 468
ePub: 1238 kb
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Rating: 4.7
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Short Stories and Anthologies

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The Story Until Now book. Kit Reed draws from life - with a difference. Details (if other): Cancel.

Reed, Kit. The rents were cheap and nobody bothered them, which meant that no one came to patch the rotting stucco or kill centipedes for them or pull out the weeds growing up through the cracks in the cement. They were surrounded by lush undergrowth and bright flowers nobody knew the names for, and although they talked about going into town to shop or taking off for home, wherever that was, they needed to be together by the pool because this was where the men had left them and they seemed to need to keep claustrophobia as one of the conditions of. Their waiting.

The Story Until Now Also by Kit Reed NOVELS Mother Isn’t Dead She’s Only Sleeping At War As Children The Better Part . Wesleyan University Press is a member of the Green Press Initiative. The paper used in this book meets their minimum requirement for recycled paper.

The Story Until Now Also by Kit Reed NOVELS Mother Isn’t Dead She’s Only Sleeping At War As Children The Better Part Armed Camps Cry of the Daughter Tiger Ra. Reed, Kit. The story until now: a great big book of stories, Kit Reed. p. cm. ISBN 978-0-8195-7349-0 (cloth: alk. paper)-ISBN 978-0-8195-7350-6 (ebook).

The Story Until Now provides many, many hours of thought provocation and pleasure, but Reed’s greatest . But it wasn't until I sat down and read story after story in the new book that I fully realized just how great her writing is.

The Story Until Now provides many, many hours of thought provocation and pleasure, but Reed’s greatest contributions to American letters might be her willingness and ability to storm the gates and break down the barriers that prevent science fiction and fantasy from getting the critical attention it so richly deserves. Andrew Ervin, Miami Herald. Her stories are sharp, transgressive and full of the unexpected, with enough keen social observations to launch a thousand dissertations.

This book does not appear to be part of a series The range and complexity of her work speaks for itself in The Story Until Now.

This book does not appear to be part of a series. If this is incorrect, and you know the name of the series to which it belongs, please let us know. Submit Series Details. Book Type: Collection. Kit Reed's self-described "transgenred" fiction is confirmation of an "extraordinary talent" (The Financial Times). The range and complexity of her work speaks for itself in The Story Until Now. Table of Contents. Introduction - (2013) - essay by Gary K. Wolfe.

Kit Reed’s self-described transgenred fiction is confirmation of an extraordinary talent (The Financial Times). Fiction Sci-fi & Fantasy. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Kit Reed's stories confront us again and again with the prisons of human existence-guilt, love, family, sex . Much of Gary K. Wolfe's introduction to this new collection of stories, The Story Until Now, remarks on how her writing lives in the "interstices between various fictional categories.

Kit Reed's stories confront us again and again with the prisons of human existence-guilt, love, family, sex, gender.

Kit Reed bibliography. Dogs of Truth : New and Uncollected Stories (2005). What Wolves Know (2011). The Story Until Now: A Great Big Book of Stories (2013). List of works by or about Kit Reed, American writer. This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. Contents.

Called “one of our brightest cultural commentators” by Publishers Weekly, Kit Reed draws from life—with a difference. This new collection brings together thirty-four of her strong, original stories, from early classics like “The Wait” and “Winter” to six never-before-collected short stories, including “The Legend of Troop 13” and “Wherein We Enter the Museum.” An early favorite, “Automatic Tiger,” is the first in a series of Reed’s stories about animals. There’s a monkey who grinds out bestsellers with the help of a “creative writing” app. Her uncanny black dog can enter a crowded room and sit down at the feet of the next man to die. Her characters confront war in various arenas: mother/daughter battles, the war of the sexes, the struggles of men scarred by war. Kit Reed’s self-described “transgenred” fiction is confirmation of an “extraordinary talent” (The Financial Times). The range and complexity of her work speaks for itself in The Story Until Now.
Comments: (4)
Light out of Fildon
I first heard about Kit Reed via a moving obituary written by her friend Gita Jackson for Kotaku (I recommend you read it yourself!). In the comments, somebody asked about her books and where to start. Reed's son recommended The Story Until Now, and I snagged it on Amazon immediately. I'm glad I did.

As with any book of short stories, some will appeal to you more than others. Her style/subjects vary so much I think you would be hard-pressed to find somebody who likes every story in this book. My personal favorite was "Denny". It started so slow I thought it was going to be a dud yet by the time I read the final word I was really affected. That is something that I came to appreciate about her writing; she is deceptively pedestrian when she wants to be. At times, I imagined her as a trickster, hoping to vex her readers as they complain about prose while completely missing the point.

"Automatic Tiger", an early favorite of hers, is also a high point. While reading it, I was convinced I had a personal understanding of exactly what she was writing about. And then I decided it was a metaphor for drug addiction. At the end of the day, I'm not sure which is the truth. Maybe it was just entertaining fiction.

It's hard not to compare her to Samuel R Delany. Like Delany, her stories worm their way in to your brain and will leave you thinking about them days after you've finished them. But Reed is more lighthearted and hopeful than Delany. If you are in the market for entertaining short stories, The Story Until Now is a compelling offering. I will be reading more of her work.
Keel
Fabulous Book, highly recommend!
kewdiepie
Although I bought this book primarily for the story, "Automatic tiger", which made a sledgehammer impression on me when I read it decades ago, the other stories here, all excellent, show a master at her craft.
Malogamand
I came upon this writer in her obituary and since I'm a lover of macabre fiction I thought I'd give her a try. Well I've given her a try, some of the short stories in this collection, and now, sorry to say, I'm trying to figure out what all the fuss is about. True she's hard to characterize as a writer and she also has some witty, accurate, and telling observations about our culture but honestly who is it thinks she can write? A lot of folks from what I can tell, she was very prolific, won awards, even taught writing...those are facts. Well, here's my take; she's an awful writer. I can't remember just when I'd read such bad prose. Jumbled writing that defeats whatever it is she's trying to say. Her writing, at least what I've read so far and I can't bear to waste any more time on her, has no rhythm, it doesn't read well, the stories are poorly structured, beginning, middle, and end are messed around with, and there is no vitality to this writing, it's dead on the page and not worth reading. And when she's trying, let's say, satire, she's unfunny and tests your patience; makes you wonder who in their right mind would publish this stuff? And she has a paltry imagination.
I may dare one or two more stories and I'm curious enough to read her book on writing.
But in a nutshell, she is not a gifted writer, journeyman maybe, but little talent and although she's full of good ideas she can't get them across effectively. It's hard to imagine her as a teacher of writing, but maybe she can write about writing better, or teach it, can you teach writing? Better than she can write.
I'll definitely report back if I discover something worthwhile that she wrote but so far I'm more than disappointed.