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Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror

Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror

Написано James Hynes

Озвучено Adam Grupper


Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror

Написано James Hynes

Озвучено Adam Grupper

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3/5 (69 оценки)
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Издано:
21 янв. 2010 г.
ISBN:
9781456123819
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This set of novellas from Austin, Texas resident James Hynes was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. As chilling as the best of Edgar Allan Poe and bursting with fiendish humor, Publish and Perish features three tales from the not-so-hallowed halls of academia. Hailed as a "delightful collection of the ghostly and the ghastly" by the Austin Chronicle, these stories are brought to wicked life by Adam Grupper.
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Издано:
21 янв. 2010 г.
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9781456123819
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  • (5/5)
    I especially love "99" - a very Wicker Man-esque tale!
  • (1/5)
    The 3 tales of terror are supposed to be ruthless & chilling with cliff hanger endings. The blurb says, The characters spout silly jargon, wrestle with their writing problems, preen their tender egos, and skewer their colleagues. Most are likeable: their vanity is so human, it's almost touching. I thought the characters were sad examples of humanity with nothing particularly funny about them or their situations. I couldn't work up any particular empathy for any of them, although I did sympathize a bit with the cat in the first story.

    Unfortunately, I was pretty sure where the story was going very early on & that's exactly where it went. There were absolutely no surprises including the 'cliff hanger' ending, which fell flat as it landed. It was just too obvious. This meant that all the description attempting to set the mood was boring as hell as I kept waiting for each predictable point to FINALLY get made.

    Worse, I didn't find one of the major character's motivations logical at all. The entire theme of the story was self interest trumping morals. The girl friend is obviously similar to the main character in that regard so why would she hook up with him? His star is not ascending & she doesn't seem to even like him very much. Amidst all the long winded discussion, I had far too much time for every flaw to become glaring.

    I never made it all the way through the next 2 stories. I tried, but found each of them as boring as the first, so moved on.
  • (4/5)
    This book contains three novellas that marry the world of the classic ghost story with that of the academic ivory tower, seasoned by hefty doses of black humor. Each story features a main character who is fighting for tenure and his or her academic career, and who, directly or indirectly, is suddenly plunged into the realm of the weird and otherworldly. Although the stories may seem familiar to devotees of the genre, the author is such a fine writer, and so deft at characterization, that they are a pleasure to read. My favorite by far is the first selection, “Queen of the Jungle,” about a philandering professor and a cat determined to expose him.