Tuesday, April 29, 2014

ARC review: Incendiary Girls by Kodi Scheer

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):
Incendiary Girls" explores our baser instincts with vivid imagination and humor. In these stories, our bodies become strange and unfamiliar terrain, a medium for transformation. In ?Fundamental Laws of Nature, ? a doctor considers her legacy, both good and bad, when she discovers that her mother has been reincarnated as a thoroughbred mare. In the title story, a mischievous angel chronicles the remarkable life of a girl just beyond death's reach.

In Scheer's hands, empathy and attachment are illuminated by the absurdity of life. When our bodies betray us, when we begin to feel our minds slip, how much can we embrace without going insane? How much can we detach ourselves before losing our humanity? Scheer's stories grapple with these questions in each throbbing, choking, heartbreaking moment.
*Many thanks to Net Galley and HMH New Harvest for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
This insomnic's opinion:
I'm left with an unsure opinion of this collection of stories, and that is very unusual for me. I appreciate the author's dynamic and somber method of storytelling. However, many of these stories were just plain bizarre and seemed to be strange without any meaning for the oddity.
Let's just say I was flummoxed by this one.
 Worth staying up all night to read?
Not so much for me.
Rating: Gah.
I don't know.
Do I have to choose??
That's neutral. Or indecisive. Or whatever.

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