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An Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories (original: 2018; edição: 2018)

de Andy Duncan (Autor)

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In the tales gathered inAn Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories you will meet a Utopian assassin, an aging UFO contactee, a haunted Mohawk steelworker, a time-traveling prizefighter, a yam-eating Zombie, and a child who loves a frizzled chicken--not to mention Harry Houdini, Zora Neale Hurston, Sir Thomas More, and all their fellow travelers riding the steamer-trunk imagination of a unique twenty-first-century fabulist. From the Florida folktales of the perennial prison escapee Daddy Mention and the dangerous gator-man Uncle Monday that inspired "Daddy Mention and the Monday Skull" (first published in Mojo: Conjure Stories, edited by Nalo Hopkinson) to the imagined story of boxer and historical bit player Jess Willard in World Fantasy Award winner "The Pottawatomie Giant" (first published on SciFiction), or the Ozark UFO contactees in Nebula Award winner "Close Encounters" to Flannery O'Connor's childhood celebrity in Shirley Jackson Award finalist "Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse" (first published in Eclipse) Duncan's historical juxtapositions come alive on the page as if this Southern storyteller was sitting on a rocking chair stretching the truth out beside you. Duncan rounds out his explorations of the nooks and crannies of history in two irresistible new stories, "Joe Diabo's Farewell" -- in which a gang of Native American ironworkers in 1920s New York City go to a show -- and the title story, "An Agent of Utopia" -- where he reveals what really (might have) happened to Thomas More's head.… (mais)
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Título:An Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories
Autores:Andy Duncan (Autor)
Informação:Small Beer Press (2018), 288 pages
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"What a thing to tell people. Am I ashamed? Yeah, probably. But am I sorry? No, I am not sorry. There's a difference." ( )
  Jon_Hansen | May 25, 2021 |
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I've been trying to figure out how to review this for a while. Some stories were great, some just started and then...ended, with no real idea what the point was. I liked it and disliked it at the same time. I don't think I would recommend it overall, maybe just a couple stories to particular people. The style was a little all over the place, sometimes more fantasy, sometimes more sci-fi, sometimes just plain old fiction, but he never seemed to commit fully to any one style even in a single story. I did finish it, but am confused why I did, lol. ( )
  polaritynk | May 16, 2019 |
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An entertaining collection of short stories of science fiction and magical realism. The standouts for me were “Real Indians,” a story about Native American construction workers in the 1920s; “Slow As A Bullet,” a story written as a folk tale, about a man who bets that he can outrun a bullet; and “Close Encounters,” about a man coming to terms with an alien encounter decades before. ( )
  urthona73 | Jan 3, 2019 |
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I got this thru ER for an honest review. Honestly, this collection of sci-fi and near sci-fi stories, was a bit of a miss for me. I ended up putting it down about 3/4 of the way thru. Perhaps it was just the mood I was in at the time. There were a couple stories that were exceptional that made the read worthwhile, perhaps I'll go back eventually and pick up the rest. My favorites were; "An Agent of Utopia" - a assassin from Utopia, "The Map to the Homes of the Stars" - life in a small town and the map to the stars in the mind of two young boys, and "Senator Bilbo" - a delightful imaging of Bilbo Baggins as a Senator in the Legislature of the Shire. ( )
  mahsdad | Dec 23, 2018 |
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OK, I'm not much of a fiction fan, I had high hopes for this collection since I used to like SF more. It disappointed; I could barely get through it, and honestly, gave up about midway through. I see a number of other reviewers are referring to Southern folklore, and maybe that's part of why I just didn't get any immersive interest in any of these stories. Most of the ones I managed to read all the way through were just a dull slog. ( )
  jwpell | Nov 25, 2018 |
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In the tales gathered inAn Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories you will meet a Utopian assassin, an aging UFO contactee, a haunted Mohawk steelworker, a time-traveling prizefighter, a yam-eating Zombie, and a child who loves a frizzled chicken--not to mention Harry Houdini, Zora Neale Hurston, Sir Thomas More, and all their fellow travelers riding the steamer-trunk imagination of a unique twenty-first-century fabulist. From the Florida folktales of the perennial prison escapee Daddy Mention and the dangerous gator-man Uncle Monday that inspired "Daddy Mention and the Monday Skull" (first published in Mojo: Conjure Stories, edited by Nalo Hopkinson) to the imagined story of boxer and historical bit player Jess Willard in World Fantasy Award winner "The Pottawatomie Giant" (first published on SciFiction), or the Ozark UFO contactees in Nebula Award winner "Close Encounters" to Flannery O'Connor's childhood celebrity in Shirley Jackson Award finalist "Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse" (first published in Eclipse) Duncan's historical juxtapositions come alive on the page as if this Southern storyteller was sitting on a rocking chair stretching the truth out beside you. Duncan rounds out his explorations of the nooks and crannies of history in two irresistible new stories, "Joe Diabo's Farewell" -- in which a gang of Native American ironworkers in 1920s New York City go to a show -- and the title story, "An Agent of Utopia" -- where he reveals what really (might have) happened to Thomas More's head.

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