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Book Title: Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits & Other Curious Things|
The author of the book: Cate Gardner
ISBN 13: 9780982026649
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 739 KB
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Edition: Strange Publications
Date of issue: October 14th 2010
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Reader ratings: 3.4
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This was the first book I won via the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway, and I'm glad it's a book I really liked. (Nothing more annoying than receiving a gift you end up disliking - it always seems like such a missed opportunity).
When it arrived I did a little dance and immediately started reading. And stopped after the first one paragraph story to take a deep breath. Short as Dandelion Fluff might be, it sets the tone of Cate Gardners collection perfectly. I was bewildered and wondered what it was I just read. I read it again and still didn't quite understand what it was all about. So I decided to read the next story, The Graveyard of Dead Vehicles and found myself equally bewildered, but also enthralled.
This is a collection filled with weirdness, strangeness and mysterious things. Often I had to reread a story, because I was sure I missed a little detail that would make me understand what just had happened. And I always found something new, but it more often than not added to the bewilderment.
But I think that's actually one of the themes that runs through this collection. Almost all characters are somewhat out of place. There's a great line in Trench Foot that sums it all up:
“Sometimes Amelia forgot she was living with people who existed on the wrong side of reality.”
It's like you step through a different looking glass for every story, and the end result is this marvelous experience of alternate realities that are often slightly creepy and surreal, but also leave a definite sense of wonderment.
After a couple of stories I started to wonder about overlapping storylines and developed some conspiracy theories - I'm still 50% sure the recurring Men in Pinstripe Suits are some sort of secret organization ALA Men in Black, only not for aliens, but for the weird.
Or maybe for the lonely. A lot of Gardners characters are dropped in a situation out of their comfortzone or understanding, and have to face it by themselves, often with sad or gloomy results. Most heartbreaking was the girl who tried to get her heart back in The Forest of Discarded Hearts, or the girl missing time in Cold Coffee Cups & Curious Things.
This isn't a collection you can rush through - there's so much going on in so few words, and your mind needs time to process the surrealism. Ideally you let each story simmer, with a cup of tea and a comfort blanket, and find yourself grabbing the book again the next day, for another taste.
I'm not sure what to compare this collection of Gardners style with, because it's a combination of so many things. So instead of failing at comparing, or trying to explain further what it's all about, I'll just urge you to try it out.
If you're wary of trying out a new author, quite a lot of her stories can be found online, or in various magazines, of which you can find a list on Gardners website
Highly recommended to short story fans, lovers of the surreal and weird people.
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