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The Terror of the Imagination – “After the quake: stories” – Haruki Murakami

July 27th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Terror of the Imagination – “After the quake: stories” – Haruki Murakami · Fiction, Quotes, Short Stories

As Joseph Conrad once wrote, true terror is the kind that men feel toward their imagination.

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Call me Frog – “After the quake: stories” – Haruki Murakami

July 27th, 2011 · Comments Off on Call me Frog – “After the quake: stories” – Haruki Murakami · Fiction, Short Stories

Katagiri found a giant frog waiting for him in his apartment. It was powerfully built, standing over six feet tall on its hind legs. A skinny little man no more than five-foot-three, Katagiri was overwhelmed by the frog’s imposing bulk. “Call me ‘Frog,’ ” said the frog in a clear, strong voice.

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Ding a Ling – “After the quake: stories” – Haruki Murakami

July 27th, 2011 · Comments Off on Ding a Ling – “After the quake: stories” – Haruki Murakami · Fiction, Short Stories

“You know what I think,” Shimao said. “You need to lighten up and learn to enjoy life a little more. I mean, think about it: tomorrow there could be an earthquake; you could be kidnapped by aliens; you could be eaten by a bear. Nobody knows what’s going to happen.” “Nobody knows what’s going to […]

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“The Call of the Cthulhu”, H.P. Lovecraft

November 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Sci-Fi, Short Stories, Under-Rated

Synopsis: The nephew of an eccentric Professor of Anthropology discovers the horrors of the inter-galactic, flying cephalopod worshiping “Cthulhu Cult” while investigating the circumstances of his grand-uncle’s death. First-rate, tongue-twisting horror. My Take: While I’m not much of a science fiction fan (relative to its real adherents), as a general principle I do try to […]

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“I Love Dollars”, Zhu Wen

September 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on “I Love Dollars”, Zhu Wen · Asian, China, Chinese, Short Stories

Ok, so I’ve been MIA from Blogging the Bookshelf for a while now (a few weeks in fact!). Things have been fairly busy work wise so I’ve had to cut back on discretionary activities and the blog was the first to go. Unfortunately I think work will continue to be quite demanding for the foreseeable […]

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“The Reasons I Won’t Be Coming”, Elliot Perlman

July 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on “The Reasons I Won’t Be Coming”, Elliot Perlman · Australian, Literature, Short Stories

Synopsis: Series of nine short-stories published before Perlman really hit the big time with “Three Dollars” and then “Seven Types of Ambiguity”. Not badly written, but just not to my taste. My Take: The way I remember it (and it could have course been completely different for everyone else), the mid-90s were a strangely depressing […]

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“Magical Thinking: True Stories”, Augusten Burroughs

July 20th, 2009 · Comments Off on “Magical Thinking: True Stories”, Augusten Burroughs · Literature, Short Stories

Synopsis: An assortment of hilarious vignettes from the periods of Burroughs’ life not already canvassed in “Running with Scissors” or “Dry”. Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant. My Take: Here’s the thing about Augusten Burroughs. I love him – at its best, his writing zings and fizzles with caustic, but good natured wit. Sadly, my fiancée’s first exposure […]

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"The Elephant Vanishes", Haruki Murakami

July 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off on "The Elephant Vanishes", Haruki Murakami · Asian, Japanese, Short Stories

Synopsis: A collection of 15 of Haruki Murakami’s most surreal short stories. My Take: The Elephant Vanishes is classic Murakami – strange, whimsical, reflective and more than a little confusing. You don’t find stories based on of the disappearance of a man’s favourite elephant or a woman being haunted by a gardening, green monster in […]

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"The Boat", Nam Le

June 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Asian, Australian, Literature, Short Stories

Synopsis: Young former Melbourne corporate lawyer turns hundreds of other young, former Melbourne corporate lawyers green with envy by publishing a phenomenally successful collection of nuanced and beautiful short stories. My Take: Sigh. I guess it is an inevitable part of getting older to be confronted with the increasingly spectacular public successes of people who […]

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