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Dirty Work: Stories [Hardcover]

Pat Cadigan
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Cadigan's ( Patterns ) third collection of short stories shows once again her astonishing range, economy of language, perceptiveness, and uncommon emotional power. Here are tales that span Cadigan's career, including her second professional sale, "Second Comings--Reasonable Rates," a biting look at a world where people can't let go of their departed loved ones, and "Lost Girls," original to this book, in which Tinkerbell presents her view of gender politics in Never-Never Land. Cadigan is at home in various genres, producing an exemplary tale of murder in an alien embassy ("True Faces"), an hallucinatory trip into the wild fears of a new mother ('The Coming of the Doll") and the totally uncategorizable, wonderfully weird "Mother's Milt," which suggests a unique solution to the problem of repeat offenders. This collection features some of Cadigan's strongest work--"Dispatches from the Revolution," "Naming Names," the eponymous "Dirty Work," "New Life for Old"--but it also reveals a troubling repetition of perspective. So many of her stories center on a woman (daughter, wife, mother) with a brutish, violent, boorish, unsympathetic or just plain dull man (husband, father, son, etc.) that, after a while, her themes become a bit monotonous. Cadigan's wit and sensitivity by and large overcome this minor flaw, however, and she continues to produce some of the best short stories in the science fiction field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Feb. 5 1998
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This collection is an unusually fine collection of stories, all by Pat Cadigan. The element that makes it exceptional is the synergy between the stories, the additional insights and connections that you make because you are reading the stories together. Several of these were stories I had read before, in magazines or other anthologies; in every case, I found new depths, new meanings, new illuminations of the weirdness of the human condition when I re-read them in the 'Cadigan context.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Feb. 5 1998
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This collection is an unusually fine collection of stories, all by Pat Cadigan. The element that makes it exceptional is the synergy between the stories, the additional insights and connections that you make because you are reading the stories together. Several of these were stories I had read before, in magazines or other anthologies; in every case, I found new depths, new meanings, new illuminations of the weirdness of the human condition when I re-read them in the 'Cadigan context.'
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