Bookish Spotlight (9): Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory

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Bookish Spotlight is a new feature for 2014. I wanted a feature that would showcase — in my opinion — the best books, or, the books that I absolutely love and can’t stop sharing with other people. These can be books, entire series — anything goes! My goal is that my readers might find a great new read after reading this feature. 

stories for nighttimeTitle: Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day
Author: Ben Loory
Released: July 2011

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Loory’s collection of wry and witty, dark and perilous contemporary fables is populated by people–and monsters and trees and jocular octopi–who are united by twin motivations: fear and desire. In his singular universe, televisions talk (and sometimes sing), animals live in small apartments where their nephews visit from the sea, and men and women and boys and girls fall down wells and fly through space and find love on Ferris wheels. In a voice full of fable, myth, and dream, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day draws us into a world of delightfully wicked recognitions, and introduces us to a writer of uncommon talent and imagination.

Why it’s a favourite: I can’t really remember why I took out this book from the library, but once I started reading it, I was smitten. The stories are so quirky, a little scary, and just so unique that the second I finished reading it, I wanted to write. I wanted to tap into that part of my brain that wanted to write things a little … weird. This is the perfect book to showcase stories like that. And, really, that cover? I love that cover! There’s something about octopus tentacles … And the great thing about a short story book is that you can easily read it in conjunction with a regular novel — just sneak in a story here and there!

Have you read this one? 

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