Reviews of The Ant King

Tue 14 Jul 2009 - Filed under: Authors

The Ant King and Other Stories
Benjamin Rosenbaum

“Lively, bizarre, and funny as well as dark, sinister, and sensual.”
Boston Phoenix

“Give him some prizes, like, perhaps, “best first collection” for this book.”
Booklist (Starred review)

“Featuring outlandish and striking imagery throughout—a woman in love with an elephant, an orange that ruled the world—this collection is a surrealistic wonderland.”
Publishers Weekly

“Rosenbaum proves he’s capable of sustained fantasy with “Biographical Notes,” a steampunkish alternate history of aerial piracy, and “A Siege of Cranes,” a fantasy about a battle between a human insurgent and the White Witch that carries decidedly modern undercurrents…. Perhaps none of the tales is odder than “Orphans,” in which girl-meets-elephant, girl-loses-elephant.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Benjamin Rosenbaum is a talented short story writer whose fiction always seems modern even while employing the most absurd surrealism. Although he’s been up for awards, he’s remained a peripheral figure in the field. This collection may change that because in The Ant King and Other Stories Rosenbaum shows off an effortless talent. Whether he’s working with whimsical material as in the title story or creating a more serious tone as in “The House Beyond Your Sky,” Rosenbaum’s range is impressive.”
Realms of Fantasy