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Horse of a Different Color: Stories
     

Horse of a Different Color: Stories

by Howard Waldrop
 

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"If Philip K. Dick is our homegrown Borges (as Ursula K. Le Guin once said), then Waldrop is our very American magic-realist, as imaginative and playful as early Garcia Marquez or, better yet, Italo Calvino. . . . You never know what he'll come up with next, but somehow it's always a Waldrop story."—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

"Waldrop subtly

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"If Philip K. Dick is our homegrown Borges (as Ursula K. Le Guin once said), then Waldrop is our very American magic-realist, as imaginative and playful as early Garcia Marquez or, better yet, Italo Calvino. . . . You never know what he'll come up with next, but somehow it's always a Waldrop story."—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

"Waldrop subtly mutates the past, extrapolating the changes into some of the most insightful, and frequently amusing, stories being written today."—The Houston Post

"The most startling, original, and entertaining short story writer in science fiction today."—George R. R. Martin

"It always feels like Christmas when a new Howard Waldrop collection arrives."—Connie Willis

Howard Waldrop's stories are keys to the secrets of the stories behind the stories . . . or perhaps the stories between the stories everyone else knows. From "The Wolfman of Alcatraz" to a horrifying Hansel and Gretel, from "The Bravest Girl I Ever Knew" to the sixth Marx brother's story of a vaudeville act tracking down the Holy Grail, this new collection is a wunderkammer of strangeness.

Howard Waldrop, born in Mississippi and now living in Austin, Texas, is an American iconoclast. His highly original books include Them Bones and A Dozen Tough Jobs, and the collections Howard Who?, Night of the Cooters, Other Worlds, Better Lives, and Things Will Never Be the Same. He won the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards for his novelette "The Ugly Chickens."

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Dana Jennings
What's most rewarding in Mr. Waldrop's best work is how he both shocks and entertains the reader. He likes to take the familiar—old films, fairy tales, Gilbert & Sullivan operettas—then give it an out-of-left-field twist.
Publishers Weekly
04/13/2015
Waldrop (The Ugly Chickens) has long enjoyed a devoted readership, and this collection will help cement his place in the literary fantasy canon. His stories evoke many American nostalgia touchstones: vaudeville, early film stars, Alcatraz, the rural American South in summer. In “Frogskin Cap,” which takes place on Jack Vance’s Dying Earth, one man who loves truth and science takes charge of what may be humanity’s last great achievement. A fictitious Marx Brother relates the tale of master vaudevillians on an arcane quest in “The Horse of a Different Color (That You Rode in On).” The HMS Pinafore and the Pirate King square off on the high seas in “Avast, Abaft!”. The title character of “The King of Where-I-Go” wrestles with guilt for his sister’s childhood polio before becoming her time-travel test subject. The punchy stories are reminiscent of Ray Bradbury, with the same feeling of occasional humor and something unsettling beneath the familiar. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781618730732
Publisher:
Small Beer Press
Publication date:
11/12/2013
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Howard Waldrop: Howard Waldrop, born in Mississippi and now living in Austin, Texas, is an American iconoclast. His highly original books include Them Bones and A Dozen Tough Jobs, and the collections Howard Who?, All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past, Night of the Cooters, Other Worlds, Better Lives, and Things Will Never Be the Same. He won the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards for his novelette “The Ugly Chickens.”

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