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The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags and Other Stories An Unhappy Housewife Flees With Her Lover As Civilization Collapses In A Tsunami Of Trash A Bank Teller Aids Invisible Thieves A Welder Learns She Has The Power To Kill With A Kiss A Hive Of Women Transforms Tourists With Arcane Sexual Rites A Korean War Sniper Stalks His Doppelganger A Children S Television Host Amnesiac Goddesses Turned Farmers Struggle For Survival In War Torn, Post Apocalyptic Iowa By Turns Emotionally Resonant And Irreverent, Surreal And Sexy, These Ten Stories Swirl With Unseen Currents, Blending The Fantastic And The Mundane To Get To The Deeper Truths Of Our Existence.

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  1. says:

    The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags is simply fabulous A collection of short magical realism stories that hold together with a cohesive theme of beauty, this work is exquisite on every level Each piece is well plotted, beautifully crafted and full of unexpected twists I struggle to select a favorite as they all spoke to me, singing in harmony to create a wonderful reading experience separately or as a whole.From a critique point of view, The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags is a success not only in story telling, but also in craft and formatting I found zero editing errors or misspellings, no odd turns of phrases or lagging pacing In addition, the formatting is professional and quite beautiful The author does an excellent job using the formatting to add visual interest to the stories For example, in Mr Happy the Sharpshooter, the inclusion of a riffle image at the section breaks adds a tone of menace to the story which enhances the entire piece.I was delighted t...


  2. says:

    A Fantastic Short Story Collection Brimming with American Fantastic The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags And Other Stories is a remarkable short story collection from debut author Melanie Lamaga, and one worthy of comparison not only with Karen Russell s Vampires in the Lemon Grove but also with Brian Evenson s Windeye , especially with regards to her great storytelling and prose Earning lavish praise from Elizabeth Hand for writing .beautiful, eerie stories that hover on the cusp between nightmare and sunlit dreaming, the everyday and the never was , and from Andy Duncan for writing stories that are weird, wry, startling and passionate , Lamaga s writing is hauntingly beautiful, poignant and lyrical, possessed with the uncanny ability of rendering what seems to be ordinary into the fantastical, jumping easily between realism, fantasy, and horror Her writing excels regardless of the story s length, though her two finest are among the longest in this ten story collection Mr Happy The Sharpshooter , in which a Korean war veteran stalks his doppelganger, the affable host of a children s television program, and The Seduction of Forgotten Things , an especially poignant, incredible love story between a rebellious high school senior and a homeless man who isn t what he seems to be The title story is brimming with wit, making some wry observations about merchandise marketing She delves i...


  3. says:

    Melanie Lamaga is a writer gifted with the ability to write seemingly simple stories that take the reader to new worlds of nightmare and dream Each of the ten remarkable stories in this collection is a unique little gem Lamaga seems to have a particular gift for opening lines When I remember Dundalk, Maryland, I think of the Fish Pub splintered wood floor, blacked out windows, swinging red doors, the only light from beer signs glowing red, white and blue One Friday, Joy fell into a horrible trance Justine careened down the aisle toward my cubicle, her scuffed, blue flats sliding over the industrial carpet like water bugs on a pond From these opening lines we are drawn into stories both weird and wonderful The language draws you on, word after word, deeper and deeper into tales of ordinary extraordinary people that may seem craz...


  4. says:

    A Bewitching Collection of Short Stories Full disclosure I received a free electronic copy of this book for review at the publisher s invitation Also, spoiler alert for the story by story summaries and trigger warning for rape and racism If The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags and Other Stories isn t my favorite book of 2014, it s definitely my favorite collection of short stories When Metaphysical Circus Press asked me to review a copy, I wasn t sure what to expect Especially given the title I m a vegan, yo To say that Melanie Lamaga s debut is a pleasant surprise is a gross understatement The ten stories in this book are a lovely and imaginative blend of magical realism, supernatural fantasy, dystopian science fiction, and reimagined fairy tales all with a distinctly feminist bent begin spoiler alert What Kind Are You Names are important You let people call you the wrong one, you end up living somebody else s life Shortly after her twenty first birthday, Angel s mom skips town Runs out on her family, without explanation or warning Shortly after that, the people closest to her start dropping dead and Angel discovers what her mother already knew, that her name is of a cruel irony than a term of endearment The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags In which the world ends in a tsunami of trash exemplified by the titular over sized reptilian handbags all the rage and the mayor s wife Winnie runs off with their maid Esmeralda, only to...


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    The publisher supplied a review copy of this book Overall, a very strong collection When asked to review, the comparative influences to Gaiman and the like made me give it a chance Now that I ve finished the collection, I saw glimmers of other authors I love to read such as Charles De Lint and Michael Moorcock.I didn t like each entry, but in combination, this work earns a 4 star rating Some entries did add to the display of Lamaga s imagination at play if they d been stand alones, they would have been skippable The title tale in particular, The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags Stronger were tales like What Kind Are You and Waking the Dreamer The snake did not deceive Eve Eve was the snake These wrapped up nicely, but did make me hope that there s a larger future in the worlds Lamaga has built here Mr Happy the Sharpshooter offers as neat a twist as any classic Twilight Zone The brittle beauty which sublimes to stony strength was well played in Medusa After you left I turned to stone shedding this house and Black Crater, White Snow which called mind Cormac McCarthy s The Road Distorted pasts...


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    Note I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.People underestimate the difficulty of crafting a superior short story It takes a lot of work and a unique sensibility to take a reader on a satisfying imaginative journey in only a few thousand words Author Melanie Lamaga succeeds ten times in a row Her stories take the reality we know and bend it in odd and exciting ways In doing so, she shows the folly of the human compulsion to rationalize a universe that refuses to be pinned down and labeled A working class girl from Maryland reaches her majority and gains the power of life and death in her very breath Nature versus Nurture steps out of theory to compete on a battlefield that stretches from rural Pennsylvania to Korea to a television studio in southern California The myth of Demeter and Persephone replays in the frozen wastelands of post apocalyptic corn country Lamaga s stories are like those dreams we have that almost make sense We recognize our neighborhood and our mother and our dog Yet somethi...


  7. says:

    The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags is simply fabulous A collection of short magical realism stories that hold together with a cohesive theme of beauty, this work is exquisite on every level Each piece is well plotted, beautifully crafted and full of unexpected twists I struggle to select a favorite as they all spoke to me, singing in harmony to create a wonderful reading experience separately or as a whole.From a critique point of view, The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags is a success not only in story telling, but also in craft and formatting I found zero editing errors or misspellings, no odd turns of phrases or lagging pacing In addition, the formatting is professional and quite beautiful The author does an excellent job using the formatting to add visual interest to the stories For examp...


  8. says:

    Melanie Lamaga s writing is quite fascinating and she is a very good writer She evokes our attention from her first paragraph, although we think one may need a certain enlightened imagination to appreciate her blending of the dreamlike and otherworldly aspects of reality so flawlessly into her stories She credits Tom Robbi...


  9. says:

    Thoughtful writingI enjoy stories that I am compelled to review later in my mind Several of the stories grabbed me this way A few felt incomplete but were readable.


  10. says:

    I thought it was fantastic I might write a thorough review later I d recommend it for anyone who likes surreal fiction.

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