The Third Bear

The Third Bear

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"Cunningly crafted stories full of wonder and intelligence. VanderMeer proves again why he is so essential and why everybody should be reading him."
--Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Featuring "The Situation," a story set in the universe of VanderMeer's bestseller, Borne .

Compared by critics to Borges, Nabokov, and Kafka, contemporary fantasist Jeff VanderMeer (The Southern Reach Trilogy) continues to amaze with this surreal, innovative, and absurdist gathering of award-winning short fiction. Exotic beasts and improbable travelers roam restlessly through these darkly diverting and finely honed tales.

In "The Situation," a beleaguered office worker creates a child-swallowing manta-ray to be used for educational purposes (once described as Dilbert meets Gormenghast). In "Three Days in a Border Town," a sharpshooter seeks the truth about her husband in an elusive floating city beyond a far-future horizon; "Errata" follows an oddly familiar writer who has marshaled a penguin, a shaman, and two pearl-handled pistols with which to plot the end of the world. Also included are two stories original to this collection, including "The Quickening," in which a lonely child is torn between familial obligation and loyalty to a maligned talking rabbit.

Chimerical and hypnotic, VanderMeer leads readers into a new literature of the imagination.
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Tachyon Publications, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781892391988
1892391988
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 273 p. ; ill. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 3rd bear

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