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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    Do me...

    As a big fan of short stories, I'm constantly looking for new books and "The Torturer's Apprentice" kept showing up wherever I looked. The book has a near perfect 4 1/2 out of 5 stars rating, so I decided to take the plunge.

    This is John Biguenet's first short story collection and he has since published a novel "Oyster", which I have not read.

    This collection has 14 short stories, my favorites were -

    "The Vulgar Soul" a man named Tom Hogue begins to bleed for no apparent reason. He gradually realizes that his wounds are remarkably like stigmata, and he becomes an object of inspiration for religious seekers, though he himself remains unmoved by his condition

    "I Am Not a Jew," a cautionary tale, explores a man's unwilling self-examination after an encounter with Nazi skinheads in a Jewish cemetery

    "A Plague of Toads" a man has proof that a town once existed as the capital of a country (unnamed), only to be overrun by a plague of toads and their toxic slime, the capital was then moved to another city, will anyone believe him

    "Gregory's Fate" Gregory can transfrom into other things, animals, but each time he does, it takes longer & longer to return to his "original" form

    "A Battlefield in Moonlight" the only survivor of a bloody battle wakes up among piles of dead men

    "Do Me" a man can't belive it when his girlfriend wants him to hit her when making love, he later is the one saying "again"

    "And Never Come Up" a father and son battle a near unstoppable force in a marsh near the Gulf when fishing, after thier boat runs out of gas

    For fans of short stories, you'll find alot of enjoyment here.

    Highly recommended!

    Enjoy~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2006

    A Variety of Realisms

    In this collection, John Biguenet displays incredible range. His stories are set in medieval Europe and in modern (well, pre-Katrina) New Orleans. Some stories are realistic in the usual sense, others, such as the story of the man who miraculously transforms himself to please a woman, are touched with magical realism. And pyschological realism is always in play. This collection is a very special achievement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2004

    great book

    it's a very interesting book, has all the twists and turns that one would look for in a suspenseful read. the short stories are each very nicely written and i especially liked 'The Vulgar Soul'. Highly recommended

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