• Title: The Species Crown
  • Author: Curtis Smith
  • ISBN: 9780979304903
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Species Crown Aaron Burch editor of Hobart says There are elements in these stories we recognize the vacation story the murder mystery Godzilla geometry and their brilliance is how Curtis Smith takes these exp
    Aaron Burch, editor of Hobart says, There are elements in these stories we recognize the vacation story, the murder mystery, Godzilla, geometry and their brilliance is how Curtis Smith takes these expectations and plays with and against them, twisting, pulling, bringing us along wherever he goes There are surprises, plot twists, playful language and form, shifts in eAaron Burch, editor of Hobart says, There are elements in these stories we recognize the vacation story, the murder mystery, Godzilla, geometry and their brilliance is how Curtis Smith takes these expectations and plays with and against them, twisting, pulling, bringing us along wherever he goes There are surprises, plot twists, playful language and form, shifts in emotion that catch you off guard Most importantly, Smith infuses these stories with humor He surprises you with it he alleyoops comedic setups then grabs you and breaks your heart, leaving you wondering what just happened.

    One Reply to “The Species Crown”

    1. Several of the stories in The Species Crown are lighthearted, always a nice touch in short story collections. One of my favorite stories was "My Totally Awesome Funeral" first published in Hobart. Although written in the first person, there's a wonderful twist of an implied directive, the storyteller directing the reader to celebrate his passing--when the time comes. Here's a sample: "Drink another just because you can. After my wife and son have gone to bed, let the hardcore partiers hijack me [...]

    2. I strongly recommend this collection to the more literary-leaning readers of our magazine, and to those genre readers we may be slowly converting to appreciating such things. All of the included short stories were previously published in magazines such as Hobart, American Literary Review, and Night Train, between 2002 and 2007. The novella itself is fresh to the collection, and would be worth it on its own. The collection is a wonderful mix, each piece flowing and rapping off each of the others; [...]

    3. Imaginative and inventive collections of short stories. If you've ever wondered about what the guy in the Godzilla suit is like in real life, please read this book.

    4. I guess I shouldn't rate all our books 5 stars. I may appear insincere, like I'm only peddling our wares. Okay, fine. You read it. I'll leave it to you. 5 stars, I'm telling you.

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