Extremities: Stories #2020

Extremities: Stories Kathe Koja Extremities Stories In the stories of Extremities Kathe Koja enters the lives of ordinary people caught in extraordinary and often disturbing situations In Bird Superior for example a plane crash survivor trades hi

  • Title: Extremities: Stories
  • Author: Kathe Koja
  • ISBN: 9781568581507
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extremities: Stories Kathe Koja In the 16 stories of Extremities, Kathe Koja enters the lives of ordinary people caught in extraordinary and often disturbing situations In Bird Superior, for example, a plane crash survivor trades his memory of the crash for the ability to fly Angels in Love is the story of Lurleen, a washed out woman trapped in a meaningless cycle of dead end work, singles bars, anIn the 16 stories of Extremities, Kathe Koja enters the lives of ordinary people caught in extraordinary and often disturbing situations In Bird Superior, for example, a plane crash survivor trades his memory of the crash for the ability to fly Angels in Love is the story of Lurleen, a washed out woman trapped in a meaningless cycle of dead end work, singles bars, and solitude She lives vicariously by eavesdropping on Anne, a neighbor who seems to have found the passion and sexual satisfaction that eludes Lurleen Upon meeting Anne, however, she discovers an even meaningless life Anne has made the ultimate trade, exchanging her soul for physical fulfillment In The Ballad of the Spanish Civil Guard, an imprisoned poet who writes on behalf of the dispossessed shares the last moments of his life with the reader Although the location of the prison is unclear, the scene recalls the Franco regime The poet chooses to die rather than face a life without his writing, but, in his final seconds, he takes solace that his remains may one day form the body of a new poet Extremities is Koja s sixth book Her writing is lush and poetic, yet at the same time she leaves much unsaid, counting on the reader to ground the stories with his or her own sense of place Koja s blend of mundane characters, supernatural or at least unexplained situations, and a constant undercurrent of the erotic, is a satisfying and disturbing gateway into another world Each story, unique in character and setting, gives a snapshot of an existence where reality and nightmares collide Andy BookwalterContents Angels in Love 1991 Arrangement for Invisible Voices 1993 Ballad of the Spanish Civil Guard 1993 Bird Superior 1991 Bondage 1998 Illusions in Relief 1990 Jubilee 1995 Lady Lazarus 1996 Pas de Deux 1995 Queen of Angels 1994 Reckoning 1990 Teratisms 1991 The Company of Storms 1992 The Disquieting Muse 1994 The Neglected Garden 1991 Waking the Prince 1995
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    1. There can be little doubt any that Kathe Koja is America s finest living writer From the moment her first short story was published close to ten years ago Illusions in Relief, reprinted here , the world heralded the coming of the first truly original writer since Clive Barker, and Koja went and still goes places Barker has never trod 1991 saw the publication of stories and the first novel, _The Cipher_, which still stands as the single finest surrealist work in the English language After a slig [...]

    2. Includes Arrangement for Invisible Voices The Neglected Garden Bird Superior Illusions in Belief Reckoning The Company of Storms Teratisms Angels in Love Waking the Prince Ballad of the Spanish Civil Guard Lady Lazarus The Disquieting Muse Queen of Angels Jubilee Pas de Deux Bondage Published in 1997, this is the only collection of Koja s short fiction many other short pieces remain un collected , and the last book she published as an adult oriented horror writer Since then she has written five [...]

    3. If you have been following my reviews for a while, then you probably know how much I love Kathe Koja So you can only imagine how excited I was to find out she wrote a short story collection I thought it was going to be a collection of YA stories, but then it talked about masturbation on the first page so I figured probably not.A quote from the back cover praising Kathe Koja is by the San Francisco Chronicle Koja flashes from literary fiction to genre horror to artistic speculation so fast the re [...]

    4. I ll write a real review since there a no few reviews for this book.First off it s a collection of stories, not sure if the blurb above says that or not.I didn t like any of the stories Well that s unfair to say, I only read three Arrangement for Invisible Voices man goes to a pig picking, but all of a sudden the pigs on the pit start squealing and screaming everyone hears it but he is the only one who continues to hear it , Reckoning wife comes back as the living dead think vampire sans the blo [...]

    5. Publisher s Weekly ripped this book a new a hole back in 98 with a scathing, snarky, negative review publishersweekly 978 1Overall, I found the collection to be satisfying, but it will be VERY hard to follow if you re not an experienced reader Koja s prose is to be taken in slowly one has to marinate themselves in it to feel the full effect She s not a supermarket shelf fiction writer Her prose is powerful and demands your brain to work If you want to be lazy, go read someone else Highlights Bir [...]

    6. I had always heard good things about Kathe Koja and counted myself lucky when I stumbled across this book at a second hand bookstore Unfortunately, this book was just not for me She tends to get a little wordy to the point where the sentences stop making sense There are a few stand out stories but most of the time it s just gibberish.

    7. Sounded interesting, but it s just not for me I read the first 4 essays only Not one really drew me in.

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