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The Maladjusted by Derek Hayes
The Maladjusted by Derek Hayes
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For those of us who lead busy lives ' which is most of us, lets be honest ' short stories offer the opportunity to get in a great read with little time commitment. You can read a story and put the book down not to pick it up again until the next day, or the following week, and you still feel sated. For me though, that was not the case with Derek Hayes' collection of short stories, The Maladjusted.

I don't mean that as a negative, though. What I mean is that I had a really hard time putting the book down. There's an energy to Hayes' storytelling that makes it almost impossible to stop reading. The collection features characters that live on the fringe, outside of the norms of… Read more
Hitchers by Will McIntosh
Hitchers by Will McIntosh
Looking back now, I can't believe that I had no idea who Will McIntosh was before I started reading Hitchers. Once I got into the book, and realized how great it was, I started poking around on the interwebs to find out more about him.
Hitchers is only McIntosh's second novel, but he's written and published a ton of stories both in magazines and anthologies. He also won a Hugo award for his story "Bridesicle" ' pretty awesome, right? I recommend popping by his website where you can get a taste for his writing with an excerpt from his first novel, Soft Apocalypse, which he's posted for your reading pleasure.
And now, onto Hitchers. The book takes place in present day Atlanta after… Read more
Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory
I love a good short story collection. When I was a kid, probably about eleven years old, I read Ray Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains" and fell in love with short stories ' I couldn't get enough. All of the short stories that I read just seemed so different from the novels that I was used to reading, so I read more and more. Bradbury, Poe, O. Henry, I lapped them up. At eleven, I didn't spend any time thinking about what made a short story so special, I just knew that they were different, and so I kept on reading. As a teenager, I gave more thought to the short story as an artform, and my respect for them grew (think along the lines of the Grinch's heart). I felt then, and still feel… Read more