Aimee Bender's The Color Master

11:44:00 PM

It was sitting on the shelf for new fiction releases just calling to me and flapping its sexy little pages at me and winking it's plastic protected hard cover in my direction. I had to pluck it off the shelf and put it out of it's misery of loneliness. I knew exactly what I was getting myself into--a Bender collection.


If you've never been exposed to Aimee Bender, I suggest picking up Willful Creatures. It's a wonderful collection of shorts full of her thing, you know, that magical realism stuff. I love stories that flip you on your ass when you realize that something is askew. Of course, I hadn't read too much of her until I was thrown head first into a lovely Creative Writing class at UCI with a fantastic MFA student, Tarah Scalzo. She picked so many wonderful things for us to sink our teeth into.

Anyhow, back to the point now, shall we?

I read the first story in the collection just to see what I would be getting had I the ability to read only a bit and get back to my genetics homework. The first story was called Appleless. It's very short, only three pages, and it's one of the strangest shorts I've read in a while from a contemporary writer. After reading it I wanted to call someone and ask them what the hell was going on in there. If you haven't read it I don't want to give it away since it'll take you no more than a couple of minutes to read.


I am desperately dying to know what you think about it. If you have read it, what did you think of it? Comment below and let me know. After reading this one, I think I might go ahead and splurge on the collection, The Color Master.

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