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It S Difficult To s difficult to any real polemic on the whole range of human motions but come on Such a wasted opportunityI m happy to say that Karen s second collection Vampires in the Lemon Grove is a definite improvement and a brilliant volume full of self contained little gems And that s the one I d recommend I think that readers seeking imaginative and creative fiction should read Karen Russel She s great I m looking forward to reading her novel Swamplandia and Naked eagerly await her future stories These stories are wonderfully creative beautifully written and make me very jealous of Karen Russell in general So why the low rating Because almostvery single one of the stories Shadow Scale (Seraphina, ended too soon I don t meannded sooner than I would have liked and I m sad that I can t stay with it longer well that s actually true as well But I mean Claim The Crown ended right as things were getting interesting leavingverything not just unresolved but in fact disappointing and bewildering since there was no resolution at all which after the first few stories just gets increasingly frustrating At the Nerds end of the story the protagonists are still trapped or just starting tonter the cave or are only halfway through their journey In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, etc If these were individual stories the danglingndings wouldn t be so intolerable but after the fifth or sixth story in a row it s really difficult to keep reading I am very very jealous of Karen Russell She got to study creative writing at Columbia she made New York Magazine list of twenty five people to watch under the age of twenty six and she was twenty five when this book was published and she also happens to be really really talented I bet she s really cool and her apartment is awesome and she has lots of great shoes St Lucy s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves can I get that on a tshirt or something is a collection of short stories that mostly take place in the same island community in Florida I hesitate to call the stories magical realism because it doesn t seem like the correct description but it s true that there s something magical at work in the world of these stories and their world isn t the same as ours In Ava Wrestles the Alligator a girl s sister is freuently possessed by her ghost boyfriend ZZ s Sleep Away Camp for Disordered Dreamers is about a camp for among other things insomniacs somnambulists night terrors incubuses and Miscellaneous our narrator is in this last category and he has dreams that predict disasters that have already happened from Children s Reminiscences of the Western Migration is a straightforward story of a pioneer family traveling in a wagon train Bark except the narrator s father is a Minotaur In the title story the human offspring of werewolves are rehabilitated into normal society and forced to shed their wolf characteristics Every single story is fascinating and mysterious and full of writing so beautiful it makes me want to cry and the magicallements are presented in such a straightforward simple way that you don t ven uestion it and just let the prose wash over you like this gorgeous passage from Haunting OliviaOn the fifth night of our search I see a plesiosaur It is a megawatt behemoth bronze and blue white streaking across the sea floor like a torpid comet Watching it I get this primordial deja vu like I m watching a dream return to my body It wings towards me with a slow avian grace Its long neck is arched in an S shaped curve its lizard body is the size of Granana s carport Each of its ghost flippers pinwheels colored light I try to swim out of its path but the thing s too big to avoid That Leviathan fin it shivers right through me It s a light in my belly cold and familiar
And I flash back to a snippet from school a line from I flash back to a snippet from school a line from poem or a science book I can t remember which There are certain prehistoric things that swim beyond xtinctionBut general loveliness aside this is ultimately an unsatisfying collection Russel creates fantastic characters and scenarios but she can t seem
to find a good way to bring them to a close The stories don t nd they just stop usually without find a good way to bring them to a close The stories don t nd they just stop usually without and with nothing Cannibal explained or learned or resolved The onlyxception to this is the title story which was also my favorite because it s the only story in the Mastered (The Enforcers, entire collection that has a clear beginning middle andnd All the others despite the skill with which they re put together leave you with a distinctly deflated feeling Oddly this is actually making me interested in reading Russell s debut novel Swamplandia it s a continuation of the family of al. Agedies is sent to 'Sleepaway Camp for Disordered Dreamers' Cabin 1 Narcoleptics; Cabin 2 Insomniacs; Cabin 3 Somnambulists; a Minotaur leads his family on the trail out West and finally in the collection's poignant and hilarious title story fifteen girls raised by wolves are painst.
Free download St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves StoriesLigator wrestlers she created in Ava Wrestles the Alligator I ll be interested to see what Russell does when she has the length of a novel to xplore her characters WEIRD FASCINATING WORLDS AND ALSO WHAT fascinating worlds and also what when an ditor forces her to write a real Alter Ego ending This collection of short stories was uite good I m awful at writing reviews for short story collections mostly because I m too lazy or for Honestly I just can t read this any There were two stories left but I had to put it down Individually the stories in this volume are highly creative heartbreaking and imaginative but taken as a volume the sheer similarities between all of the tales made me want to pull my hair out Russell is obviously very talented but I d love to read something that isn t told from an overly precocious child s point of view that doesn tnd in medias res and that doesn t involve strangely allegorical lements Posted at Shelf InflictedSt Lucy s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves is an unusual collection of imaginative uirky moving unsettling and stylishly written stories featuring troubled children as they learn grow and make their way in the world Their parents are flawed and dealing with their own issues as well like the minotaur who moves his human family out
west for a fresh start While I njoyed the majority of stories in this collection Ifor a fresh start While I Uncommon Wisdom enjoyed the majority of stories in this collection I they suffered from sameness and repetition which is why this book took me over a month to read One of my favorites in this collection was the title story about a group of girls raised by wolves sent to a school to beducated and civilized by nuns Lick your own wounds I said not unkindly It was what the nuns had instructed us to say wound licking was not something you did in polite company Etiuette was so confounding in this country Still looking at Mirabella her fists balled together like small white porcupines her brows knitted in animal confusion I felt a throb of compassion How can people live like they do I wondered I also Unseen City enjoyed Out to Sea about a group of retirees living in houseboats that are volunteered to pair up with at risk youths completing their court ordered community service Like most of the residents of the of the Out to Sea Retirement Community Miss Markopoulos has spent decades hoarding a secret cache of love shelved and putrefying in a uiet cupboard within her and now at thend of a life she has no one to share it with I would recommend this collection to readers who Art enjoy fantasy magical realism uirky characters and coming of age stories first of all greg i lied to you i told you that the conch shell story the city of shells was my favorite because i felt put on the spot and distracted and that was the first one i thought of but my real favorite story is the one on the boated retirement community out to sea god i felt that one in my desiccated old heart saci reallynjoyed this collection the stories all contain wavery bits of the surreal her style reminds me of kelly link than george saunders which comparison greggers made there is always something prickly about george saunders something almost aggressive and mocking these are dreamy and God Is in the Crowd even the unpleasant parts feel safe like waking up could make the problems go away for the charactersthe only story i was not crazy about was the one with the minotaur from children s reminiscences of the westward migration in fact i mentioned this to greg and he said man i am so sick of minotaurs so authors take note greg is over the minotaurrussell is a very confident writer she doesn t take theasy way out but she also doesn t go for the unexpected scenes that arrive unsupported by the rest of the story and she sure does like the word limnthe collection is teasingly connected like millhauser s Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard enchanted night all the stories take place in the same island community in the floridaverglades where marvelous and magical things happen girls take ghost lovers or have werewolf parents boys spy on secret adult rituals at the ice skating rink complete with skating baboons or have vivid dreams of atrocities of the past characters will occasionally pop up in other stories but only in whispers or offhand remarks just to see if you are paying attentionshe has a real delicacy to her prose and The Matriarchs (The Family even when her stories are unresolved frustratingly so i don t feel it is because she didn t know how tond it but that she chose her ambiguity with a shrug and a wink i am glad she is the current darling of the young literary scene i wish her the best and am very Notes for the Everlost excited to see how her new full length piece compares to this thumbs up karen russell and great namecome to my blo. Akingly re civilised by nuns These tenxtraordinary stories introduce an audacious new talent and a world in which weird and wonderful predicaments magically reveal the truth of our own lives This title presents a blazingly original voice a dazzling debut and a breathtaking discove. First of all Karen Russell wins the for
Story Titles Hands Down Wrestles Alligator ZZ Stitles hands down Ava Wrestles the Alligator ZZ s Away Camp for Disordered Dreamers the title story tc The prose crackles Several of the stories take place on a very strange and well imagined island full of Bizarroland tourist attractions perhaps off of Florida She skims the waters of magic realism with the tips of her wings the titles and the stories are packed with dream imagery All of which is stuff I love Why then the three star rating rather than the four Russell s use of language is often gorgeous but at the same time it leaves me cold I resorted to reading one story a day so that the beautiful sameness didn t become grating It takes me too long to figure out what makes these characters tick and to figure out the strange rules and tiuette of the world in which they live They all carry a reserve that makes it hard for me to feel for them and the narrators voices too have a sameness to them Finally I often have trouble figuring out where my own stories should No Biggy! end so I hate to throw stones but many of these stories feel incomplete I know it s not necessarily wrong for a story to leave you saying then what happened but many of these felt like interrupted dreams the kind you wake from with that nagging feeling that there was a little left to it that it would all make sense if only you d had five minutes 355 My favourite stories were ZZ s Sleep Away Camp for Disordered Dreamers Haunting Olivia St Lucy s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves The only reason this isn t a 5 star is that I hate short stories Sorry but I do It just doesn t make sense to meither they re little bits of fluff that are uickly forgotten or they re involved and interesting and there is no reason for them to Crush It! endThe stories in this book are anxample of the latter case These stories are terrific Karen Russel has an incredible command of language she uses the word limn in almost Attracting Birds to Your Backyard every story and a fascinating imagination The stories are haunting weird beautiful andndlessly creative But Deep Listening each one could have made a fantastic novel Why do theynd Why do all the work of conceptualizing a spookygreat world filling it with multi fasceted characters making some crazy shit happen to them all to just put it away after like 20 pages Karen I want A pack of feral half wolf girls raised by nuns in a foster home a brother diving to find his little sister in a haunted cave a family of minotaurs moving westward two young girls living and growing up among alligators at an amusement park all this and awaits you in Karen Russell s debut collection of stories published when she was just 25I have a bit of a crush on Karen Russell Her stories are great she has the rare combination of both imagination and talent allowing her to creatively turn Bird-by-Bird Gardening even the wildest ideas intontertaining and The Works of Saint Augustine endearing stories with people or creatures that we can care about Her language flows briskly andasily with a careful balance between Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone elegance and vernacular that Invy her a bit Most of the stories in this collection are set in Russel s native southern Florida its many swamps and islands along the coasts of the Everglades This is a setting which is naturally magical and full of the unexplored possibility of the tropical wilderness ideal for these uirky and off beat talesBut the collection good as it is is not without its flaws it is after all a debut and some rougher My Teacher Is a Robot edgesscaped the final polish Although Supper Club each story features a different protagonist and most are narrated in the first person there is a lack of a different voice forach of them the absence of narrative distinction makes all character morph into one and sound like the author s vision of them The second biggest complaint which for many readers can be a dealbreaker are the non Moanas New Friend (Disney Moana) endings most of the stories in the collection simplynd without a resolution in medias res It s particularly visible in stories such as Out to Sea which is one of the few that don t feature any surreal Professional Capital elements at all Out to Sea is the story of Sawtooth a grumpy old man slowly turning to rust in a Florida home for thelderly and Augie a much younger girl who visits him as a part of her court sentence and with whom he slowly became obsessed Sawtooth ignores that the girl obviously doesn t care for him steals his pills and only hangs around because she has a 50 hour sentence to serve In just a few pages we see an unlikely but moving transformation as for probably the first time in his life Sawtooth begins to feel something for another human being and we want to see what will happen and then it just Seven Dwarfs Find a House (Disney Classic) en. Charting loss love and the difficult art of growing up these stories unfurl with wicked humour and insight Two young boys make midnight trips to a boat graveyard in search of their dead sister who set sail in thexoskeleton of a giant crab; a boy whose dreams foretell implacable tr.