The Baum Plan – Reviews

Fri 31 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Authors | Leave a Comment

Crowley, Endless ThingsThe Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories
John Kessel


“In his first collection in a decade, Kessel jumps from place to place like a jolty time machine. In “Pride and Prometheus,” Frankenstein and Jane Austen intersect in an uncanny Victorian tale of unrequited love, while “A Lunar Quartet” introduces a matriarchal, hypersexual moon colony in the future. But as a group, these stories offer a sustained exploration of the ways gender dynamics can both empower and enslave us. Kessel’s wit sparkles throughout, peaking with the most uproariously weird phone-sex conversation you’ll ever read (“The Red Phone”).” A-
Entertainment Weekly

“Dark, wacky, wide-ranging short stories.”
Charlotte Observer

“Anyone who thinks genre writing can’t be literary deserves to have Kessel’s hefty new collection of stories dropped on his or her head.”
Time Out Chicago

“Kessel proves himself again a master not just of science fiction, but also of the modern short story, crafting compelling characters and following them through plots that never fail to please — or to defy prediction.”
— Metro Magazine

“Kessel’s blend of dark humor and reality-stretching scenarios is consistently mesmerizing.”
— Booklist

“One of the best collections of the year.”
— Locus

“These well-crafted stories, full of elegantly drawn characters, deliver a powerful emotional punch.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Kessel is a deft stylist and a master of all his tools, whose range is nearly limitless.”

“Invest. Invest now…. Your returns will be multitudinous.”
The Fix

“A pleasant callback to the days when science-fiction authors read more than just science fiction.”
The Stranger

Library Thing


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