It's too late to set this book down and pretend it wasn't written and act as if you didn't read at least a piece of it. And it's too late to avoid thinking about some of life's harder questions, questions without definitive, cookie-cutter answers. Questions like What is the meaning of life?
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I mean, it's just a book of made-up stories, right? And after all, how much can one learn from fiction anyway? But even if you set this book down and walk away, you won't be able to stop thinking about these questions. These questions existed within you well before this book was ever written. The first four stories in this collection are attenuated stories from my novel, As a Decade Fades.
These four stories are meant to function on their own, but they also come together in the novel as fragments of a larger narrative, giving them a new context altogether. Much of my fiction is influenced by real life, though it's safe to say that I am not any of the characters in these stories. At least I don't think I am. My novel was written during--and directly after--the four most difficult years of my life, and I've never worked harder on anything.
For me, at this point, none of this is made up. For you, please assume everything that follows this foreword is entirely fabricated.
It is also safe to say that my stories have certain unavoidable debts. Unlike some writers who claim to be uniquely unique, I must acknowledge that while I desire to be unique, I am influenced by my influences. That is to say that I'm influenced by my culture, by Gen-Xers and Gen-Yers alike, by my close friends, by literary authors, and most significantly by music. My words often take on the characteristics of my favorite fiction writers, attempting to panegyrically grasp and outspread their beauty, borrowing stylistically from their perfectly imperfect narratives, their long run-onish sentences, their forward-facing compound conjunctions, their solipsistic and lonely characters, their lapidary prose, their enchanting violence, and ultimately their mixture of hope and despair.
My words also tend to absorb the auditory and lyrical qualities of some of my favorite musicians, from modern singer-songwriters to the 90s hip-hop artists who fueled my teenage years. I hope that it is the confluence of these influences that actually makes my writing unique, that allows me to identify with two generations and convey their feelings and emotions through my characters and their stories.
Robertson--contribute to this collection, expanding the narrative beyond the scope of my own four stories. These three young writers are talented men whom I'm happy to call my friends. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
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Ultimately, this book's stories deal with finding meaning in a seemingly meaningless world. The first four stories in this collection, written by Joshua Fields Millburn, discuss the struggles we face as we attempt to discover the meaning of our lives. He feels utterly alone, so he leaves Ohio to search for meaning in the most unlikely place: Robertson--contributed to this collection, expanding the narrative beyond the scope of Joshua Fields Millburn's four stories.
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Coming Unglued: Six Stories about Things Falling Apart
I won this book through the Goodreads giveaway page. You know how generally when you read a short story collection it's rather hit or miss, some stories are good while others aren't so much? Six Stories about Things Falling Apart isn't like that. I genuinely enjoyed all six stories in this book!
I've read a lot of short story collections and while this one is shorter than most it may just be the best one I have ever read. And some of the stories have stuck with me, unlike so ma I won this book through the Goodreads giveaway page. And some of the stories have stuck with me, unlike so many I read.
Jul 23, Kevin rated it it was ok Shelves: Coming Unglued is a small collection of short stories all connected by the theme of things not working out quite as planned. Usually with mixed short story collections I expect there to be a couple of standouts and a few duds, but this collection managed to pull off six strong stories without the dip in quality.
While I don't think there is anything earth shattering here, I did find it easy to digest and ultimately enjoyable. Not bad for a book that can be read in a single sitting. Sep 07, Lisa rated it liked it. This was the first book that I've read that was comprised of short stories.
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Some of the stories were more enjoyable than others so I didn't know how exactly to rate the book as a whole. I really liked "The Liberty Bell" story, about a town that just has some pretty rotten luck or maybe even could be cursed? I was hoping the other stories would be more like that one, but I guess not. Dec 19, Tammy rated it it was ok Shelves: This book had six short stories in it.
The only story I liked was "The Kiss". The rest of them were just not interesting to me. Very dull and boring. Almost a waste of my time. Brett rated it did not like it Sep 05, Tim rated it it was ok Jul 16, Nicole rated it really liked it Jun 26, Csimplot Simplot rated it it was amazing Nov 27, Katrina Mcghee rated it liked it Sep 03, Susan rated it really liked it May 22, Kbuxton rated it liked it Sep 05, Kate rated it liked it Sep 07, Totallynotlezlie rated it it was amazing Jul 19, Valentina marked it as to-read May 16, A Lauren marked it as to-read May 16, Joanne marked it as to-read May 17, Christine Groce marked it as to-read May 17,