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Things that Fall from the Sky

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  • Title: Things that Fall from the Sky
  • Author: Kevin Brockmeier
  • ISBN: 9780375727696
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback

Unlimited Things that Fall from the Sky - by Kevin Brockmeier, Unlimited Things that Fall from the Sky - by Kevin Brockmeier - Things that Fall from the Sky, Things that Fall from the Sky Weaving together loss and anxiety with fantastic elements and literary sleight of hand Kevin Brockmeier s richly imagined Things That Fall from the Sky views the nagging realities of the world throug

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Things that Fall from the Sky

About Author

  1. Kevin Brockmeier says:
    Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Brockmeier received his MFA from the Iowa Writer s Workshop in 1997 His stories have been featured in The New Yorker, McSweeny s, Crazyhorse, and The Georgia Review He is the recipient of an O Henry Award, the Nelson Algren Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts grant.

Comment 378 on “Things that Fall from the Sky

  1. Noah says:
    Very Short Review Apples and The Jesus Stories are worth the price of admission alone.Short Review A decent collection I checked the book out of the library and immediately purchased it after reading Apples, The Jesus Stories, and A Day in the Life of Half of Rumplestiltskin I loved all of these, will reread them numerous times, and don t feel like saying much else about them because they re still to close to me Though I will say that I ll always think of Apples whenever I heard the word betwixt [...]

  2. Al says:
    A varied collection of short stories, carefully crafted and light of touch If nothing else, a real pleasant alternative to many recent collections I have read in that there is no graphic violence, no sex, no profanity, and no irrational cruelty I didn t know that was possible any But it s than that a number of these stories are poignant and touching Mr Brockmeier s protagonists often reveal themselves as innocents and earn our admiration and respect, and his perceptions of the world they inhab [...]

  3. Taylor says:
    I read Brockmeier s novel A Brief History of the Dead and was absolutely blown away It was a beautiful, haunting book As a lover of the short story form, then, I couldn t wait to read this collection but I was let down There are a couple of really great stories, but, overall, neither the writing nor the plot conception of these stories begins to approach the masterful beauty of Brief History I liked this book, but I didn t love it, and I thought I would, so my sense of disappointment was probabl [...]

  4. Ever says:
    These stories are extremely cerebral, and still manage to feel fragile My personal favorite is The House at the End of the World.

  5. Braden says:
    This collection of short fiction begins with a story that is by turns creepy and beautifully done These Hands Here s the thing about this story, thoughKB has his narrator name check Nabokov to prove that, yes, reader, yes, KB knows he s working in the vein of Lolita, and his character knows it too but this knowledge didn t really help me to appreciate the story Actually, I thought KB s choice to have the child character be an infant had already proven to me that KB was up to something a bit dif [...]

  6. Barrett King says:
    After reading The Ceiling in an anthology of short stories, I felt compelled to pick up the collection it came from In some ways this was a mistake Brockmeier s other stories have difficulty living up to that first impression Some of them do, but some were a disappointment.Of the 11 in the collection, I would say 3 were top notch I thoroughly enjoyed Apples , The Ceiling , and The House at the End of the World The fact that I didn t love some of the other stories doesn t really surprise me, thou [...]

  7. Maureen says:
    sadly, i liked the chesterton quote about fairy tales which brockmeier prefaces his book with most of all, but there are several stories that charmed me apples, a day in the life of half rumpelstiltskin, the ceiling, the jesus stories which bore the fragrance of borges and the house at the end of the world i was a little bored otherwise i like the concepts and not the execution, i guess in the fairytale an incomprehensible happiness rests upon an incomprehensible condition a box is opened, and a [...]

  8. Melanie Page says:
    While a lot of the sentences were quite heavy a characteristic that caused me to read and re read and re read some paragraphs a lot of the stories are quite fascinating They ask the reader to internalize what is right and what is wrong, for example When a 35 year old male babysitter begins to call the baby under his charge his daughter, should we be frightened or saddened by this closeness When a father has kidnapped his child and possessed her since her infancy, should we feel relieved or aston [...]

  9. Meg says:
    I appreciate great description of ordinary things, and this book excels at it Example Brown leaves shot with threads of red and yellow skittered across the park They swept past merry go rounds and picnic tables, past heavy gray stones and rotunda bars A man and his daughter tottered on a seesaw, a knot of sunlight shuttling along the rod between them like a bubble in a tube of water p.24Some stories in the middle disappointed, but overall it s a fine collection Reminds me of Aimee Bender a littl [...]

  10. Absolom J. Hagg says:
    A couple really good stories and wonderful writing throughout, but for heaven s sake, man, make something happen Too often these stories were just inert glimpses into the lives of people I didn t find all that interesting.

  11. Alyssa says:
    Favorite stories Things that Fall from the Sky, The Ceiling

  12. Rose says:
    I don t normally read short stories but after reading The Illumination and The Brief History of The Dead I decided to give it a shot I LOVED both of those books and wanted to read by the author I believe the stories in this collection are all based on other stories or myths or belief systems I just can t quite make the link for all of them I did, however, enjoy trying to spot falling things in each of the stories I read Super enjoyed A Day In The Life of Half of Rumpelstiltskin Easily my most f [...]

  13. Ellice says:
    Short stories are tough The author really doesn t have much time to grab you, so they have to be a lot precise than novels, which sometimes take a while to get going I really liked Kevin Brockmeier s The Brief History of the Dead, but most of these stories didn t grab me the way that novel did There were a few exceptions The Ceiling, in which the sky literally begins to fall, The Passenger, in which a whole civilization lives out its life on an airplane, and The House at the End of the World, i [...]

  14. Amy says:
    I liked this collection much better than Brockmeier s second It seemed less calculated, just honest Several pieces reminded me so much of Millhauser s work, but still held enough of Brockmeier s voice and spirit, it seemed, that they worked out My favorites were These Hands, The Ceiling, and The Jesus Stories I found each thought provoking, compelling The Ceiling, probably had the strongest hold on me, maybe because it was slightly absurd, but the absurdism was consistent to the very end, a sad [...]

  15. Chance Lee says:
    I was drawn to this collection by The Ceiling , a story in which a relationship crumbles as an invisible ceiling slowly descends onto a town and squishes everyone Very Twilight Zone.A few other stories in this collection are just as phenomenal The title story, Things That Fall from the Sky, is about memories, our perceptions, and unexpected friendships Space is a story about loss and illuminating what is lost through stories Many of these stories are stories about stories Some of the gimmicky o [...]

  16. Kate says:
    Brockmeier is a dreamy writer, and I have a low tolerance for preciousness, so I began each story hesitantly He never convinced me with a first line that the story would be than fluff But almost every time, he proved grounded than was initially let on.His strengths are in taking what might be a forced gimmick and giving it substance, like the idea of the sky pushing down to the ground, and in writing from a child s or childish point of view Attempts at age, wisdom and some kinds of grief fall [...]

  17. Colin Moon says:
    There are power in these stories deep, poetic power but some of them slip away with not much gravity to them The powerhouses The House at the End of the World, Space, Apples overshadow both the not quites and almost theres , but a lot of what happens in these stories upon first read, mind you doesn t land the way one would hope Perhaps my problem is an ungrounded mistrust of speculation and or fairy tale aesthetic a feeling that sometimes a story finds its way to its conclusion by style, and not [...]

  18. Scotchneat says:
    I adored The View from the Seventh Layer from Brockmeier, so I was glad to tuck into this one.Another group of short stories about strange people Like a Nabokovian babysitter who has an obsession with the little girl in his charge Or a family living in a town where a strange black orb descends like a ceiling until they are all crawling around in perpetual darkness, or a group of people trying to get Jesus to come back sooner.Brockmeier s writing voice is always dry, curious and funny I recommend [...]

  19. Claire says:
    Would give this 3.5 stars if I could I like Kevin Brockmeier a lot his writing is so clear I like how he mixes fantasy and reality without going off the edge of being a sci fi writer at all somehow, though, something about these stories is a little too unassuming, a little too clear, not quite enough punch in the stomach I did particularly like The Ceiling and A Day in the Life of Half of Rumpelstiltskin Beautiful writing, beautiful ideas, still wanting impact, if only from one story.

  20. Lori says:
    This was a beautifully themed book of short stories I enjoyed a couple of the stories than others The first about the babysitter and the one about the airplane was very cool, all abstract and metaphoric the little love story about the kid s first kiss was shockingly beautiful I love how there s one sentence in a story that just encompasses a gut wrenching heartfelt feeling It s a beautiful, artsy collection Definitely a wonderful read.

  21. Daniel Gualtieri says:
    This was a gorgeous collection of consistently good short stories, with a few exceptional ones in the mix, with Apples being probably the biggest highlight Brockmeier is skilled at the form and nearly every story delivered a powerful punch to the gut These are mainly stories about families and the relations between people, with a swirl of magical realism to sweeten the pot I have never read Brockmeier before, but will definitely do so in the near future.

  22. Bill says:
    This is one of the best short story collections I ve read in a long while It consists of eleven delicious gems that are part fairy tale, part science fiction, and 100% engrossing Brockmeier has a wonderful way with words, and his imagination is remarkable Each story combines the absolutely commonplace with the absolutely mind bending in a way that makes it quite easy to accept the unlikely circumstances of the plots I would highly recommend this one to lovers of the short story genre.

  23. Danielle says:
    Kevin Brockmeier has this beautiful, lyrical quality to his stories You see reoccurring themes in his work little bit in this, little bit in View from the Seventh Layer, and little bit in A brief history of the dead but he somehow always makes it feel new I just want to read him over and over again.

  24. David Mahaffey says:
    Things these short stories have in common an undercurrent of unease an aspect of reality that doesn t match our own, on either a grand scale or a microcosmic one Also impressive world building and than a few keen observations and turns of phrase I am glad to have all these universes in my head.

  25. beentsy says:
    Amazing stories I particularly liked A Day in the Life of Half of Rumpelstiltskin, Apples, The Ceiling, and The House at the End of the World Beautiful writing and stories full of characters that are so real and so three dimensional that you feel like you can almost reach out and touch them or speak to them.

  26. Lindsey says:
    an interesting collection of short stories I liked the realistic ones better than the fantastical, although I usually really like fantasy and magical realism The complex stories just seemed like the author was trying too hard I don t know It wasn t bad, though, and I still enjoyed it, which is why I gave it three stars instead of two.

  27. Grant says:
    Kevin Brockmeier is a wonderful writer This was a wonderful collection of short stories I can t think of one that I didn t like They are a little strange but I think that s part of the wonder You should read this collection by him I don t even know which one can pick as a favorite or as the best He somehow just grips you with his characters internal reflections.

  28. Adrienne says:
    I enjoyed the writing in the first few stories of this book, but the content was lacking In any case, I kept going But then the story with gratuitous use of bible quotations left a bad taste in my mouth After twelve years of Catholic school, I ve had enough bible verses to last me a lifetime, and then I couldn t bring myself to read the rest of the book So it goes.

  29. Alicia J says:
    I really did try with this one These Hands made me uncomfortable from the get go, and I kept thinking if I powered through I could get back to the Brockmeier I love but it never happened The Ceiling is truly great, though.

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