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    DescriptionCompared by critics to Borges, Nabokov, and Kafka, contemporary fantasist Jeff VanderMeer 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 through the postmodern into a new literature of the imagination.

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    The Third Bear
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jeff Vandermeer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 139 mm
    Height: 215 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    ISBN 13: 9781892391988
    ISBN 10: 1892391988

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.2
    BIC subject category V2: FL
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: FIC, 813.54
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21300
    Ingram Subject Code: FA
    B&T General Subject: 350
    Libri: I-FA
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 66
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 813/.54
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: P26305000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC009040, FIC029000
    LC classification: PS3572.A4284 T45 2010
    Tachyon Publications
    Imprint name
    Tachyon Publications
    Publication date
    15 July 2010
    Publication City/Country
    San Francisco, CA
    Author Information
    Jeff VanderMeer is the best-selling author of "City of Saints and Madmen," the noir thriller "Finch," and the quintessential guide to writers, "Booklife." His award-winning novels have made the year's best lists at "Publishers Weekly," the "San Francisco Chronicle," and the "Wall Street Journal." His nonfiction and reviews have appeared in "Washington Post Book World," the "Huffington Pos," and the "New York Times Book Review."
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    "Elegantly crafted stories ably demonstrate VanderMeer's skill at telling tales of wonder in language that enhances the reading experience" --"Library Journal," starred review "One of our very best contemporary practitioners of the fantastic...superb prose, overwhelmingly odd situations, and fascinating, eccentric characters." --"Publishers Weekly," starred review "Jeff VanderMeer is not to be trusted. He hypnotizes with shiny objects, bizarrely beautiful shapes and phrases, then (more often than not) gently drifts you into very dark places. You won't know where you're going till you get there and then, of course, it's too late." --Mike Mignola, creator of "Hellboy" "In the hands of a brilliant writer like Jeff VanderMeer, writing fantasy can be a means of serious artistic expression. . . . It is also playful, poignant, and utterly, wildly imaginative." --Peter Straub, author, "The Talisman" "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" "Vandermeer's stories hit one's hindbrain slantwise--they offer no easy answers and no comfort. Rather they are hard, brilliant gems meant to cut and shine--these are some of the most beautiful, upsetting, and accomplished tales I have ever read." --Catherynne M. Valente, author of "The Orphan's Tales" ""The Third Bear" contains some of my favorite stories of recent years. There's the meticulous workplace surrealism of 'The Situation, ' the remorseless multiworld cataclysms of 'The Goat Variations, ' the beautiful eldritch heartsickness of 'The Surgeon's Tale.' Jeff VanderMeer is one of the very best." --Kevin Brockmeier, author of "The Brief History of the Dead" "Annexing the weird half-lit spaces between genres, these stories lean sometimes into fantasy and SF, sometimes int