The Inner City

The Inner City Heuler s stories dart out at what the world is doing and centre on how the individual copes with it Anything is possible people breed dogs with humans to create a servant class beneath one great city

  • Title: The Inner City
  • Author: Karen Heuler
  • ISBN: 9781927469347
  • Page: 256
  • Format: ebook
  • Heuler s stories dart out at what the world is doing and centre on how the individual copes with it Anything is possible people breed dogs with humans to create a servant class beneath one great city lies another city, running it surreptitiously an employee finds that her hair has been stolen by someone intent on getting her job strange fish fall from trees and birdsHeuler s stories dart out at what the world is doing and centre on how the individual copes with it Anything is possible people breed dogs with humans to create a servant class beneath one great city lies another city, running it surreptitiously an employee finds that her hair has been stolen by someone intent on getting her job strange fish fall from trees and birds talk too much a boy tries to figure out what he can get when the Rapture leaves good stuff behind Everything is familiar everything is different Behind it all, is there some strange kind of design or merely just the chance to adapt In Heuler s stories, characters cope with the strange without thinking it s strange, sometimes invested in what s going on, sometimes trapped by it, but always finding their own way in.

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    1. Book Info: Genre: Dark fiction/short stories, anthologyReading Level: AdultRecommended for: Fans of the strange, the dark, the macabre, the beautiful My Thoughts: Usually when I review anthologies I'll put up a list of stories in the books and try to give a bit of info about them, but this particular anthology is all by the same author, so I'll just address the writing. Which is brilliant and creepy. Each of the stories is a brilliant gem, and each has a wonderfully strange or macabre or surpris [...]

    2. Heuler's collection gathers fifteen prime examples of her hallmark surrealist stories. Each one takes a recognizable character in a recognizable setting but follows the situation through to an absurd, dreamlike extreme. There's a lot of sly humor to be found in these stories--a woman buys a fish at the supermarket only to discover it's still alive and can grant her three wishes; an officer worker notices she's gone bald and that a colleague who's after her job has come to work wearing her hair; [...]

    3. It's always hard for me to review collections of stories. Each piece has a different impact, a different quality about it. This collection, however, is held together by a common tone and set of thematic concerns, making evaluating it a bit easier. The stories are fanciful, intriguing, and always mildly sinister, the kind of stories that make you think while making you feel . . . uncomfortable. Both the draw and the discomfort are the result of Heuler's preoccupation throughout the stories with t [...]

    4. I love the cover of THE INNER CITY. Chizine used the image for their banner at this year’s Readercon and when I saw it I was instantly pulled in. While I read a lot of crime, weird fiction is probably my second favorite genre/sub-genre. (I’ve got the Vandermeer’s immense THE WEIRD sitting on my shelf, begging to be read.) Heuler’s work in this collection is excellent. I’d recalled reading two of the stories (“Fish Wish” and “Landscape, with Fish”) in Weird Tales (2011 and 2008 [...]

    5. These are odd stories, including a lot of fish.Odd in a good way. Full of believable imagery, making it more disturbing. Children that evolve into animals. A scientist on an alien planet who refuses to drink the water. I didn't know this author, so I'm glad NetGalley introduced me!

    6. A slim but brilliant collection from Heuler. Her stories are disturbing, weird and--for their brief lives--absolutely true. CZP put this little gem together; kudos to them for presenting such fine, spare, haunting work in a beautiful package.

    7. This review is part of my magic realism book challenge, in which I read one magic realism book a week. The review first appeared on magic-realism There is a discussion thread about the challenge on Goodread's Magic Realism group.One of the joys of writing this blog is that I read books I would not normally have considered. The Inner City is just such a book. I had not come across Karen Heuler's work before reading this collection of short stories, and having read it I intend to read more. Althou [...]

    8. Another book I had the opportunity to read through NetGalley, and this time a blind bet, considering I didn't even know the author and the description wasn't really specific. No regrets. Though, as is unavoidable in anthologies, there were some stories I liked much more than others, in general the book was very interesting, with some original ideas and approaches different from what I'm used to.On her website, Karen Heuler says she writes magic realism, lead there by reading Gabriel García Már [...]

    9. Short stories Presenting The Inner City by Karen Heuler.Here is the summary of the book:Heuler’ s stories dart out at what the world is doing and centre on how the individual copes with it. Anything is possible: people breed dogs with humans to create a servant class; beneath one great city lies another city, running it surreptitiously; an employee finds that her hair has been stolen by someone intent on getting her job; strange fish fall from trees and birds talk too much; a boy tries to figu [...]

    10. I had the pleasure of meeting Karen at my reading in New York in July. As on many such occasions, we swapped postcards with our respective book covers on them. This cover is interesting, but the blurb on the back of the card got my attention, the same blurb on the back of the book:an employee finds that her hair has been stolen. . range fish fall from trees. . rds talk too muchAuthors take note: this may be the first time I have purchase a book because I got the post card. Those things do work! [...]

    11. When I picked this up at Ad Astra, I will admit that I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover. I've been getting back into reading short stories lately, and this volume certainly didn't disappoint! The unifying thing between all of these tales was the sheer uniqueness of them. I can honestly say that I've only encountered something similar to these story concepts twice before. The originality was what kept me reading, eager to see more of Ms Heuler's undiscovered worlds. At times I felt that some of [...]

    12. I received a copy of The Inner City from the author in exchange for an honest review.I really truly enjoyed the series of short stories in The Inner City. I enjoyed the strange and rather creepy elements that were incorporated into each of the stories, even some of the more docile ones like "Fish Wish" that weren't as scary as some of the others left a lasting impression on me. My favorites among the stories were probably as follows, "Down On the Farm", "The Escape Artist", "Creating Cow", "How [...]

    13. Karen Heuler's wonderful short stories combine the tender humanism and poetic simplicity of George Saunders with the dream logic and fantastical creativity of Kelly Link or Neil Gaiman. Even when their situations seem hopeless, Heuler's characters exhibit curiosity and strength, puzzled perhaps by their bizarre circumstances but also preoccupied with very human emotions and relationships. Strange and lovely things happen in this book - gravity slowly relinquishes its hold on an office worker, a [...]

    14. Karen Heuler's wonderful short stories combine the tender humanism and poetic simplicity of George Saunders with the dream logic and fantastical creativity of Kelly Link or Neil Gaiman. Even when their situations seem hopeless, Heuler's characters exhibit curiosity and strength, puzzled perhaps by their bizarre circumstances but also preoccupied with very human emotions and relationships. Strange and lovely things happen in this book - gravity slowly relinquishes its hold on an office worker, a [...]

    15. Sometimes you have a dream. And it starts to get out of hand. And just as the absurdity of the situation begins to become apparent, you tend to wake up.But what if you didn't, and the absurdity took on an inertia of its own and dragged you with it, and rather than waking up you find yourself normalizing the oddness and making it part of your life, making you follow the rhythm of this madness. Making you depend on it, so that instead of waking up, you find a way to live with the alterations to yo [...]

    16. The Inner City is a collection of short fiction by O. Henry Award-winning author Karen Heuler. The cover (a ghostly image of a hand reaching down towards a luminous fish) is apt in several ways. Not only do fish feature prominently as a recurring motif in the collection, but the fifteen short stories themselves have a kind of alien, underwater feel to them: a conscious strangeness that doesn’t seem to belong in the above-the-surface world.Full review at neonmagazine/?p=2842.

    17. I don't read many short stories but I'm glad I received a copy of this book. It was a really interesting and fun read- a wonderful collection of incredibly bizarre stories.I especially liked 'Thick Water'- which takes place on a different planet, and 'The Difficulties of Evolution'- where humans start to evolve into animals.(I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

    18. [title story only]Creeeeepy! A mildly eccentric but utterly believable West Village resident is looking for a job. When she comes across some discarded paperwork that indicates that someone might've been fired from a nearby office, she takes the initiative to seek it out - after all, they must have a vacancy they're looking to fill! But the secret office she finds is absolutely not what she was looking for. This one will be coming back to haunt me

    19. Karen Heuler's collection of short stories walks that fine line between inscrutable and artistic. A couple stories cross that line, but it is an overall good choice for high school readers. The Inner City and Down on the Farm are my two favorite stories in the book. Definitely a new voice that I like.

    20. At their heart, all these stories are not just strange but disturbing, some of them in very subtle ways and some of them more ostentatiously. I loved the way they felt very open-ended, the ongoing effects of the events of the story or just the nature of the world they occurred in lasting far beyond the end of the story. I think nearly every one of them got under my skin.

    21. Wonderful short stories. I would definitely say many of the stories haunted my thoughts and dreams for several days. Many of the stories were outside the box, and definitely obscure, but the storytelling jumped right in, and I did right along with it.

    22. The Inner City is a collection of speculative fiction by Karen Heuler. I mean truly speculative—it’s been a while since I have read such interesting stories. The point of view changes, the characters all have vastly different voices and the stories range from a single page to several, meaning when you start each one, you’re really not sure what to expect. Which is pretty much how Heuler’s characters must feel.The anthology is named for the second entry, ‘The Inner City’. Like many of [...]

    23. Although I have a tendency to become infatuated with the idea of short story collections, it is disappointingly clear to me that most of these books are far less enchanting than they'd claim. Still, The Inner City has a few highlights that do make the book stand out from several others of its kind. Below I mini-reviewed each story, though you might want to read it first yourself to form an opinion! Although I would say overall, it's a worthwhile read. - After Images I thought this one was rather [...]

    24. Three good SF stories in there, Thick Water and Down on the Farm are the best. My favourite is Down on the Farm, a lee-traveled inroad in the genetic manipulation SF field. Touching. Tercepia: impossible to forget this character.Inner city (also the title) is a clever mystery where alas the discoverer is way less clever in the end. I felt very sad for this character. Thick water is the most "recognizable" space op story , i.e. encounter with "the Other" on a faraway world. The two fish stories a [...]

    25. I received The Inner City from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley, Karen Heuler, and Chizine Books. I have been putting off writing this review for a VERY long time now. Like since February. I don't intend to offend the author with what I have to say about it, and I will not assign it a star rating. I see from the other reviews that this book clearly does have an audience, but I don't believe I am a part of that target audience. I enjoy trying new genres and I as exc [...]

    26. Uuuuuuum, am I missing something here? There are so many great reviews of this book on here, but I found the storieswell, kind of dumb. I mean, sure, there are some interesting concepts, but I feel like all the stories I made it through (about half) just kind of end, and then I'd just be sitting there like, "whaaaat? Is that it?!?" I think partly I just didn't like Heuler's style--something about the writing feels immature to me. But then again, I'm also just not a big fan of short stories in ge [...]

    27. I won this through first read. This book is crazy, weird and creative. It is short stories and they a off the wall. I kept reading because it is so strange. It is different from the sci/fi that I would normally read. But it is interesting none the less. If you like kinda dark and strange sci/fi then this book for you. I'm glad I read it but not sure if I would rush out to buy another book like it. I hope our world never turns out like this. I'm not sure I would like humans with dog genes. Like [...]

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