Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory

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Loory's collection of wry and witty, dark and perilous contemporary fables is populated by people--and monsters and trees and jocular octopi--who are motivated by the same fears and desires that isolate and unite us all. In this singular universe, televisions talk (and sometimes sing), animals live in small apartments where their nephews visit from the sea, and men and women and boys and girls fall down wells and fly through space and find love on Ferris wheels. In a voice full of fable, myth, and dream, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day draws us into a world of delightfully wicked recognitions, and introduces us to a writer of uncommon talent and imagination.

Contains 40 stories, including "The Duck," "The Man and the Moose," and "Death and the Fruits of the Tree," as heard on NPR's This American Life, "The Book," as heard on Selected Shorts, and "The TV," as published in The New Yorker.

"This guy can write!" -Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451
 

About Ben Loory

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BEN LOORY 's stories have appeared in publications as diverse as The New Yorker, ESPN the Magazine, Glimmer Train, and World Riot. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published July 26, 2011 by Penguin Books. 221 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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If one story could encapsulate the irrationality that drives this irreducible collection, it would be “On the Way Down: A Story for Ray Bradbury,” about a falling man, a play on Bradbury’s admonition against pure intellect: “you’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the w...

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Publishers Weekly

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The 40 cheerfully ominous stories in this collection feel like collaborations between Tex Avery and Franz Kafka.

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BC Books

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Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day might be the best collection of wonder and amazement I have ever read.

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BC Books

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One day, even though the man knew it was coming, a book arrived and surprised the man.

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Suite 101

Stories for Nighttime and Some for The Day marks the emergence of a talented new writer with a voice that is both unique and playful.

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Deseret News

From wisdom from an octopus to a book with blank pages that becomes a best seller Ben Loory's short stories are extraordinary.

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NJ.com

A man disappears after a child pries open a box he keeps to find a miniaturized version of himself.

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Monsters and Critics

This company has been making amazing tortilla chips for over 30 years when they were selling bags of the non-GMO, gluten free, wheat free snacks out of their family van in Northern California.

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Chamber Four

But his clear reluctance to include it at the expense of his vision (“The following is a longer story not part of the same project included here at the publisher’s request”) only serves to highlight this book’s biggest flaw: not its composition but its conceit.

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Bookshelf Bombshells

It’s truly lovely, and with a disembodied tentacle and UFO hovering over inky water, I think it’s a fairly good representation of the weird, intriguing, beautiful, and sometimes menacing stories you’ll find within the covers.

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Time Out Chicago

He’s set the monster free.” So that’s one spoiler, but there are 39 more, none stretching out longer than a campfire yarn.

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Full Stop

The stories resemble one another closely in structure and the cadence of the short sentences, elegant on the outset, begins to seem repetitious.) There are electric moments in the collection though, and its tour-de-force is at the end, a short story titled, appropriately, “The TV.” This is a lo...

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Geek Speak

And they picked the girl up and carried her away.

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Side B Magazine

Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day is probably best read not during either of those times, but instead during the twilight hour when you might look up from a particular fantastic story and forget whether the day is ending or just beginning.

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