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5.0 out of 5 stars a short story writer at the peak of his powers
I loved this book. This is an example of a short story practitioner working at the peak of this powers. The surrealist worlds conjured up by Marek in The Stone Thrower are delivered with efficient unfussy economy, yet have a tenderness and fragility that creeps underneath the hyperrealist narratives like damp. The stories seem to be experiments that explore what might...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good collection
...from a promising writer with the germ of what may become a significantly unique style.
I am watching for his name in the future and would recommend this work to anyone who enjoys the short story format.
Published 14 months ago by John Guiller-McCallum


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5.0 out of 5 stars a short story writer at the peak of his powers, 15 April 2013
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I loved this book. This is an example of a short story practitioner working at the peak of this powers. The surrealist worlds conjured up by Marek in The Stone Thrower are delivered with efficient unfussy economy, yet have a tenderness and fragility that creeps underneath the hyperrealist narratives like damp. The stories seem to be experiments that explore what might happen if we knock down the building blocks of our various realities and fuse them back together in a new way. In some ways I see Marek as the bad boy in Toy Story who makes mutants out of bits of broken toy. But there is tenderness and sensitivity too. He explores the brittle threads that bind children to their parents in a moving and profound way. The child whose fits cause earthquakes is a wonderful exercise in causality and quantum relationships, and there is an unsettling parable about cloned apes working on a farm. In fact, animals and children are everywhere in Marek's books, but he is never intentionally warm or cute. More like pets corner at the abattoir. In his tales, technology soothes and protects while also contaminating and corrupting. Yet people learn, people change. And although just about every story has dark stuff leaking out from under it, an uplifting current pulses through the texts. The warped mirror Marek holds up actually show us something positive about ourselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional and compelling collection, 14 Jan 2013
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The stories in The Stone Thrower are surreal and futuristic, but they are also tender evocations of the fragility of children and the helplessness of parents. Genetically enhanced kids in military uniforms, a superhero dictator, a sick Tamagotchi and a child whose fits can cause tremors are just some of the cast in this compelling and exceptional collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adam Christmas stunned me., 21 Mar 2014
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I read the first story and was impressed, I read the second story and was, if it was possible to be even more impressed. I liken the experience to a surreal childhood memory of Christmas with my Gran who just sat in the chair and watched the chaos unfold around her, seemingly unmoved and maybe not even alive yet it is all happening for real, in her veins, little carriages of emotion tweaking organs, no help available as she is Christmas stunned.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good collection, 25 May 2013
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...from a promising writer with the germ of what may become a significantly unique style.
I am watching for his name in the future and would recommend this work to anyone who enjoys the short story format.
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