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The Stone Thrower Paperback – 23 Aug 2012

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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Comma Press (23 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905583508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905583508
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Hits the target every time.' --The Guardian

'The Stone Thrower is best viewed as a window on Marek's distinctive imagination, in which the mundane waltzes with the macabre... this bold young writer is refreshing the form.' --The Financial Times

'Expertly deploys the conventions of the form, with eye-catching opening lines and devious endings.' --The Observer

About the Author

Adam Marek is an award-winning short story writer. He won the 2011 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. His first story collection Instruction manual for swallowing was nominated for the Frank O'Connor Prize. His stories have appeared in many magazines, including: Prospect and The Sunday Times Magazine, and in many anthologies including Lemistry, Litmus and The New Uncanny from Comma Press, The New Hero from Stoneskin Press, and The Best British Short Stories 2011. To subscribe to Adam's blog, Twitter and Facebook updates, visit www.adammarek.co.uk


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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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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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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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