Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits & Other Curious Things Paperback – 24 Jul 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Included in this volume are over twenty tales such as the disturbing 'Parasol dance with the chalkstripe man' and the wonderful 'Frog and the mail order bride'. I could name others but i find it very hard to pick favorites here, as I'm continually changing my mind on each re-read. And yes, you will re-read.
It's hard to put a on label on Cate's fiction as I don't think I've read anything of its like before. There are touches of Neil Gaiman, whispers of Lewis Carroll and sprinklings Stephen and Joe King but to put this collection into a box is unfair as Cate is one of those rarest of finds: A unique talent.
There are scares to be had here in abundance, magic in droves, and even some lighter moments to enjoy. Reading this was like falling down the rabbit hole with David Lynch as a guide, walking through the wardrobe as an adult, or grasping the Dr's hand as he pulled me to the tardis. It's been a long time since a collection has made such an impact upon me.
I'm glad I took the plunge in buying this and can't recommend it enough. I feel we maybe hearing a lot lot more of Cate in the future.
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There's over twenty stories in this collection, of varying lengths and styles. After a nice introduction from Nathaniel Lambert, the book kicks off with a one page story called "Dandelion Fluff" that works well to set the tone for the rest of the book.
A few of the standout stories for me were "The Forest of Discarded Hearts", "The Sulphurous Clouds of Lucifer Matches", "Frog and the Mail Order Bride", "The Moth Brigade", and "Trench Foot". Some stories have been published before, like "Trench Foot", which I first read online at Fantasy Magazine, while others are brand new, appearing for the first time in this collection's pages. If I had to pick a favorite, I'd likely go with "The Moth Brigade" for its blend of science-fiction and fantasy--and I'm a sucker for a good robot story.
So many of the stories have a whimsical feel to them, they border on the surreal. And what stories don't start off with a feeling of falling down the proverbial rabbit hole, carry the sensation of having already face-planted into Wonderland with a resounding thwap. Cate's stories are invariably fun to read and I look forward to when she starts cranking out the longer works, as well.
They are stories whose each peculiar flavour is not only worth savouring, but to which I feel that tearing through them would be a disservice to both their twisted brilliance and to oneself.
Miss Gardner's style is one of a kind, of a weird, fantastic, grotesque, surreal, brilliant kind, and if that description sounds at all intriguing you would render yourself a great boon to read anything she's written.