The Ant King, and Other Stories

The Ant King, and Other Stories Review

Urbane without being arch, sweet without being maudlin, mysterious without being cryptic.-Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing A dazzling, postmodern debut collection of pulp and surreal fictions: a writer of alternate histories defends his patron's zeppelin against assassins and pirates; a woman transforms into hundreds of gumballs; an emancipated children's collective goes house hunting. Benjamin Rosenbaum's stories have appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction and McSweeney's, been translated into eleven languages, and listed in The Best American Short Stories 2006, Shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula awards, Rosenbaum's work has been reprinted in Harper's and The Year's Best Science Fiction, He lives in Switzerland with his family.

Title:The Ant King, and Other Stories
Edition Language:English

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    The Ant King, and Other Stories Reviews

  • Eric Orchard

    This is the exact kind of book I'm always looking. I kind of see this collection as the storytelling equivelant of pop surrealism, whimsical, dark, insightful and deeply compelling. At times difficul...

  • Terence

    The eponymous first story in The Ant King almost made me stop reading. It's a far too self-conscious, self-referential retelling of the Persephone myth; and there are several more in this collection t...

  • Matthew Gatheringwater

    Benjamin Rosenbaum is my new favorite writer of science fiction because......he imagines a waterfront district where old women cruise grandmothers' bars....he has written not one, but several, one-pag...

  • Aaron

    A cool anthology, with a wide range of stories. I didn't like most of the "slipstream" fiction. Perhaps I didn't understand the symbolism or themes Rosenbaum was trying to explore. The Ant King and Th...

  • M0rningstar

    Surrealism is not usually my thing, but this is very well written, despite its affected geekster-ism. It's like reading an episode of Superjail. ...

  • Darrell

    "The American highway is a self-contained system, Stan thought. Its rest stops have video games, bathrooms, restaurants, and gas stations. There's no reason ever to leave the interstate highway system...

  • meeners

    Sheila split open and the air was filled with gumballs. Yellow gumballs. This was awful for Stan, just awful. He had loved Sheila for a long time, fought for her heart, believed in their love until fi...

  • Evan Jensen

    Definitely one of the finest fantasists I've come across...

  • Benjamin Parzybok

    The title story is wild and line-crossing and so well written. ...

  • Kathy

    I'm not always a fan of short stories, but decided to give this a try based on a review in a library journal. On the positive side, Rosenbaum does have quite the imagination and creates some interesti...