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Title:
Little doors
Author:
Di Filippo, Paul, 1954-
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Publication Information:
New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
271 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781568582412
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Book

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Here are 17 new stories from a writer whose work has been praised by William Gibson as "spooky, haunting, hilarious." In the title story of Little Doors, a professor of children's literature discovers a bizarre synchronicity between a lost text and his illicit relationship with a student. In another story, a boy is born without a brain and his skull is invaded by a group of wild animals. Another chronicles an all-night drive through a Manhattan distinctly different from -- but strangely similar to -- our own. All of these stories are replete with chaos, human oddities, and the unruly energy of a Tom Waits song, forming an exhilarating collection from a truly creative force in contemporary fiction. The master of "trailer park science fiction", Di Filippo is a two-time finalist for the Nebula Award and finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. "[Di Filippo] channelsurfs postmodern apocalypse, brilliantly." -- Jonathan Lethem


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Every one of the 17 idiosyncratic short fantasies in this superior collection from Nebula and Philip K. Dick finalist Di Filippo (Ribofunk, etc.) is immaculately told. The writing, however, verges on the self-consciously clever and is slightly condescending, as if Mr. Peabody were patiently explaining the workings of the Wayback machine to his pet boy Sherman. And if you don't grok the Wayback machine as a cultural metaphor, you may miss out on just how good (and often hilarious) the stories are for the right audience: baby boomer Di Filippo is very much of his generation. Furthermore, the author tends to confirm what we already know. In the title story we learn, again, of the dark power of the imagination; we are willingly led by the literally brainless in "Billy"; "The Grange" and "Our House" show that despite our veneer of civilization, we are still primal; insanity can be cruel ("Moloch") or amusing ("The Horror Writer"). Accomplished diversions into style take as subjects high fantasy ("Return to Cockaigne"), Don Marquis ("Mehitabel in Hell") and surrealism ("The Death of Salvador Dali"). Only a few tales-like "Sleep Is Where You Find It" (co-written with Marc Laidlaw), in which legendary photographer Weegee wrestles with the meanings of life and death, and "Rare Firsts," a story about a book lover-display real depth. Still, this is a collection worth reading, even if lacking profundity. (Dec. 4) FYI: The author's most recent novel is A Mouthful of Tongues (Forecasts, Sept. 30). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved