What I Didn't See

What I Didn't See

And Other Stories

Book - 2010 | 1st ed
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A collection of stories includes tales about John Wilkes Booth's younger brother, a one-winged man, a California cult, a rebellious teen facing torture in a rehab facility, and a mother who invents a fairy-tale world for her son.
Contents: Pelican Bar
Booth's ghost
Last worders
Familiar birds
Private grave 9
Marianas Islands
Halfway people
Standing room only
What I didn't see
King rat
Publisher: Easthampton, MA : Small Beer Press, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION FOW
Characteristics: 197 p. ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: What I did not see
ISBN: 9781931520683


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Jan 11, 2014

I gave this book four stars because each story is really well written. The characters are "real," there's "big words," irony, etc etc. The stories are literature.

My favorites are "Familiar Birds" [very funny] and "King Rat" [very real and sad.]

I only gave this book four stars, instead of five, because a few of the stories were just too sci-fi for me.

Nov 09, 2013

Beautifully written and often wryly funny, Karen Joy Fowler's stories are wonderful small breaks from reality.

Many incorporate fantasy or sci-fi elements on the sly, leaving it up to the reader to decide whether magical things happen or remain in the mind of highly unreliable narrators, or treat the genre as unimportant, as in a story about a young girl in love whose day is disrupted by time-travelers hoping to witness Lincoln's assassination.

I especially recommend "Booth's Ghost," "Private Grave 9," "The Marianas Islands," "The Halfway People," "What I Didn't See" (which riffs on both James Tiptree, Jr.'s famous short story "The Women Men Don't See" and Tiptree's childhood experiences on safari in the Belgian Congo), and "King Rat."

Michael Colford Jul 07, 2011

Karen Joy Fowler returns to her imaginative, sometimes speculative fiction in this varied array of short stories that seem both intensely creative and personal.

Mar 15, 2011

Darn, this writer can put a spell on you but I find fantasy does not engage my pragmatic, Yankee, geezer imagination.

I am easily lost!

Nov 05, 2010

Karen Fowler keeps getting better! These are uniformly well-crafted stories, with good strong characters. She likes stories with a delicious amount of ambiguity - what is really happening? You can read many of the stories as fantasy or not, depending on your interpretation, like the first story, "The Pelican Bar", which just won the World Fantasy Award for best short story.


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