Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Vampires in the Lemon Grove

by Karen Russell
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Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
bibliophile51 More than 1 year ago
Without throwing the baby out with the bath water, I'd have to say that only a few of these stories were very good. Some ran all over the place, others were too back-story heavy which is not good practice in short stories because the conclusions were very abrupt. After the first two wonderful stories, i was repeatedly disappointed.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen Russell is just amazing! Where in the world does she get these strange, socially meaningful tales? The 'Lemon Grove' short stories are masterfully told, delightfully poignant, and heartbreakingly close to your heart. But WARNING: Every story will leave you with a giant "WHAT?" at the end. That's why I've come to love young author Karen Russell...the question(s) she leaves us. If you want to really engage another reality, without any sci-fi nonsense, this is your book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read the review I thought that I would enjoy this book. It looked interesting and I liked the fact that it was compiled of several short stories. However after reading four of them I didn't bother with the rest because the ones that I did read had no point to them and quite frankly were boring.
Yogabon More than 1 year ago
Excellent Prose. Title story was my least favorite. Wish this author could rewrite some of the recent "hits" - interesting stories but poor writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stunning short stories. Awesome book cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It Karen Russell. Imaginative, surprising, extremelu well written.
Lonestarr602 More than 1 year ago
Unless you are inclined to plow through dark and decidedly depressing stories, I recommend that you not go near this book. I p\got through 4-5 of the stories and decided I could not read a single page more. It was really dark, totally depressing, and frankly unworthy of my time and energy. I was expecting far better prose - it's not that a depressing topic can't be engrossing - but this was really just macabre and awful. I contrast it with, for example, The Cellist of Sarajevo, which was unbelievably sad, but utterly compelling and engrossing. This was a flat zero for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Russell is a brilliant writer. She sucks me in and I can't put the book down. Her stories may be utterly bizarre, I don't want to spoil anything by give always, but they stick with me long after I've read them. She taps into some fundamental truths and has a magical way of sharing her wisdom. I am insanely jealous of her skill. But ever so grateful I picked up her book. I look forward to reading anything else she has written or will write in the future.
TRFeller More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of eight short stories. Most of them have fantasy elements, although the book is marketed as mainstream fiction. In the title story, a pair of old vampires (one named “Clyde”) have discovered that they really do not need to drink blood to survive but instead develop a taste for fresh lemons grown in Italy. My favorite story in the collection is “Reeling for the Empire”, in which young 19th Century Japanese women are sold into some sort of slavery and become some sort of female/silkworm hybrid. In “The Barn at the End of our Term”, U.S. presidents are reincarnated as horses with Rutherford B. Hayes as the point of view character. In “Proving Up”, homesteaders in 19th Century Nebraska share a single window. In “The Graveless doll of Eric Mutis”, a group of bullies find a doll resembling one of their victims. In “The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach, 1979”, a young boy finds that the seagulls are collecting items from his future. In “The New Veterans”, a massage therapist learns she can help an Iraq War veteran with his PTSD by absorbing his memories. In “Dougbert Shackleton’s Rules for Antarctic Tailgating”, whales feeding on krill becomes a kind of spectator sport. I liked most of the stories.
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xbinkus More than 1 year ago
Some of the stories are very interesting and leave you want more. Very creepy at times.
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Couldn't even finish it. It was ridiculous.
SallyAnnie More than 1 year ago
vampires in the lemon grove was a very disappointing read for me.
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debov More than 1 year ago
Short stories are not really my cup of tea. Actually found that I couldn't finish this book.
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zucchiniqueen More than 1 year ago
I just couldn't get into this one. I read a couple of chapters and quit.
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