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The Love Machine & other contraptions

The Love Machine & other contraptions [Kindle Edition]

Nir Yaniv

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What happens when every wish you make is immediately granted by God? If you could use the power of music to travel through time? If your body was the battleground for a strange, alien invasion?

In this, his debut collection in English, Israeli author Nir Yaniv shows his remarkable versatility, collecting stories from over a decade of writing and a wide range of the fantastic. In turns humorous, lyrical, profound - but always entertaining - these are the haunting tales of an author at the height of his power.

"Each story is a bright flash of odd brilliance... unmissable." - Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award winning author of Osama.

"A fantastic, wonderful, weird story ... Speaks very powerfully to the human spirit." - Strange Horizons, on "Undercity"

"Hypnotic, surreal and prophetic, Nir Yaniv’s “The Dream of the Blue Man” is a story you won’t soon forget." - World Fantasy Award winner Ann VanderMeer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480298131
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: infinity plus (26 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ADYX15Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #433,902 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 1 Feb 2013
By Anna Tambour - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
(This is an excerpt from the review that I posted on my blog. I rarely write reviews, and never if asked to. And I hate false praise.)

In short, this collection of short stories is: outstanding. Buy more copies than one if you give special books to people you respect.

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I don't mean 'outstanding' in relation to other books this year, but in relation to any in any. One feature of this collection is that it has so many tones. This doesn't mean it is uneven, but good at saying many things and producing many different effects, such as a sudden explosion of laughter, an unkillable urge to get up and check up something in some other book, the Book, no less. Rage, sadness, and above all, thought. These aren't stories to consume mindlessly, but to savour. Yaniv's unpretentious fiction has the depth of Gogol and his wryness; in say, "Vegescan" the intelligent playfulness of Stanislaw Lem, and a sense of tragic humour that I can only describe as Ashkenazic; but "A Wizard on the Road", one of my favourites here, fits Yiddish humour as well as Turkish and Australian. Indeed, it would be as funny in any culture mature enough to make fun of itself. "The Word of God", however, is quite something else. If it were translated into a wealth of languages and were read by millions, it could do what fiction can sometimes do: change the way people think. I cannot recommend it too highly. This story took great skill to write. Rage always needs to be treated with tough love when harnessing it to a piece of fiction. Yaniv knows his ropes. (To those who, like me, want to stand up and wave "The Word of God", I also recommend Yann Kerninon's glorious essay, "Pour une religion du bonhour" in Liberation, January 19, 2004)

Lavie Tidhar's Introduction is quite helpful. Usually introductions are painful, but Tidhar illuminates. The translating is seamless, though there are several translators--Tidhar for 7 stories, Joe D. Brown for 2, Ido Reif for 1, and Yaniv himself for 7, including the "Contraptions" series, which are flash-fiction-length stories that are interspersed amongst the others, and that interact with the other stories in a way that shows that the collection isn't an assortment as much as a body of work, with a reason for everything being there and being where it is.

The book published by infinity plus, is well produced technically, with quite an attractive cover and a well-chosen and well-set crisp internal layout. I've read this in both paperback and e-edition formats, and they are both smooth. In the whole book, there are maybe 4 typos, all quite minor. A curious inconsistency of `grey' and `gray' is just that: curious. A reader should be so lucky to find many books as well written in "English".

I've only mentioned a few stories, and hesitate to say anything more except, strongly: Buy this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and unexpected 11 Jun 2014
By fun guy - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is somewhat weird book, or rather collection of stories. Some of them are a bit on the dark side, but good use of language compensates for that and keeps reader captivated. Definitely recommended.
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