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There is No Wheel [Kindle Edition]

James Maxey , Edmund Schubert
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A shark swims through a kitchen. A biology teacher dumps a dead angel onto his grandmother's dining room table. A billion bees swarm the Empire State Building. In an empty attic, a teapot filled with lizards reaches a boil. Everything is understood when a small town sheriff bites into an eyeball. These are the scenes that draw you into the world of James Maxey. Good luck on finding your way back out.

James Maxey's award winning short fiction has appeared in Asimov's, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and over a dozen other magazines and anthologies. There is No Wheel collects his ten most critically acclaimed tales.

To the East, a Bright Star: A former circus aerialist rescues a trapped girl as the ultimate natural disaster draws nearer.

Silent as Dust: A tale of Seven Chimneys, a haunted house with one ghost too many.

Final Flight of the Blue Bee: The Blue Bee’s former sidekick, Stinger, is released from prison after forty years. Can a venom gun, an army of bees, and a hostage deliver him the justice he deserves?

Empire of Dreams and Miracles: In Atlantis, no one need ever fear poverty, disease, or death. But what is left of humanity once all the great struggles are won?

Return to Sender: Crystal Lance is a half-breed angel assigned to root out a demonic cult in a small college town. The monks who’ve raised her have trained her in martial arts and taught her the true names of the 7,777 heavenly powers. But before Crystal can complete her holy mission, she must survive the temptations of coffee, pizza, her first kiss, and Elvis.

Pentacle on His Forehead, Lizard on His Breath: A junkie uses drugs and magic to search for his dead father, leading his girlfriend to hide all the knives.

To Know All Things That Are In the Earth: In the aftermath of the Rapture, a scientist attempts to understand the mind of God through the autopsy of an angel.

Echo of the Eye: In a town of famous for its barbeque, the butcher is a vegetarian. Mostly.

Where Their Worm Dieth Not: Atomahawk! She-Devil! Retaliator! The most powerful members of the Law Legion must unite to thwart the villainous scheme of the Prime Mover, until Retaliator discovers that they may be in the grip of an even more insidious evil.

Perhaps the Snail: A young woman is invited back to the trailer of her pop-star idol for a sex act involving a silver tray, a wine bottle, a pistol, a tropical snail, and sudden mystic glimpse of the entirety of creation.

Edmund Schubert, editor of Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, where three of these stories were first published, writes in the introduction: “One thing about James: he pushes boundaries, and he pushes them hard. … James’s stories require a strong mind and strong stomach. They’re freaky weird and hauntingly honest at the same time.”

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4.0 out of 5 stars There is No Wheel 2 May 2013
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If you haven't read James Maxey you really need to. I first heard of James Maxey from his short story To Know All Things That Are In the Earth which may well be the best short I have ever read, perfect utterly. This is a brilliant collection of stories by a guy who can truly write better than most people out there. Give him a read, you won't regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding short story collection 23 May 2011
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I'm not a big fan of short-story collections. Oh, some of my favorite works are short stories, but in collections about half the stories seem to be okay, and the other half dull--maybe with a single excellent standout. Or maybe not. An average short-story collection would get about two and a half stars from me. An unusually good one might get three and a half.

But I am a big fan of James Maxey, so I got this. And out of the ten stories, I really liked seven. Seventy percent! And that's not merely "okay" like the fifty percent in a normal story collection. That's seven stories that I really liked, three or four of which were standouts. Unheard of.

Not only that, but of the three remaining stories, not one of them was dull. I just didn't like them. (One I positively hated.) But for seven other stories this good, it's well worth it. And for the price of $0.99, you can't go wrong.

My favorites included "Silent as Dust," the strangest ghost story you've ever read. It doesn't even have a real ghost in it. No--wait; yes it does. But it doesn't need one. . . . Another was "Where Their Worm Dieth Not." Something about this title keeps making me think it's one of the ones I didn't like, but then I check on it and it's that really cool superhero story with a dynamite ending. My favorite overall was "Return to Sender," a delightful action-packed story about a half-breed angel fighting demonic cults and her strict upbringing at the same time.

Get this one. You won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wildly, inventively, entertainingly, and compassionately perverse 15 Jun. 2011
By C. Luc Reid - Published on
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I've admired James Maxey's short stories for years, ever since I read "Pentacle on His Forehead, Lizard on His Breath" years ago, and these are the cream of the crop. The first story begins with one of my favorite first lines, "There was a shark in the kitchen."

Maxey's protagonists are unapologetically bizarre: junkies, perverts, hedonists, cannibals, has-beens, and heretics. But even as these people with terrible problems and tragic paths dig themselves deeper into misery, you can't help but feel some of the love and empathy Maxey seems to carry for them. When the character you find yourself caring for is dissecting a cherub or trying to kill his former lover, this is quite a trick.

The worlds of these stories are as weird and involving as the characters, full of all-too-human superheroes, heavenly beings that aren't what we expected, sadistic rock bands, and apocalyptic moments. Highly recommended for persons of stout constitution and curious mind.
5.0 out of 5 stars He should have charged for this 9 Aug. 2014
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This is an excellent collection of short stories. My favorite was "Where Their Worm Dieth Not" I won't ruin it by telling you about it, other than to say that it's a good short story up until the end, and with one final realization it becomes a GREAT short story. Mr. Maxey covers a lot of ground with this collection, and I'm really glad I found it. I got this book for free, and before I had even finished the collection I went online and purchased another of his books. What better praise is there than that? I don't like to be spoon-fed. I like to discern things for myself when I read. I like novel ideas, unusual situations, dialog that you have to think about. This guy provided that, and more. "Perhaps the Snail" was another excellent tale. I strongly recommend this collection, and I only recommend the best authors.
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