The Reasonable Ogre by Mike Barnes
Tales for the Sick and Well

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The 12 stories that comprise this collection are marvellous in the truest sense. They are strange and dark, unpleasant and open-hearted, by which I mean my deepest compliments.
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"The Reasonable Ogre is a marvel, and a tribute to the power of story. The illustrations and language are so entwined as to be inseparable, and they cast a beautiful spell. Mike Barnes is a real fairy-tale creature."—Kate Bernheimer, author of Horse, Flower, Bird

In the world of The Reasonable Ogre, magic is nothing if not paradoxical. Ogres can indeed be reasonable, prisons may prove porous, gifts often come disguised as curses, and springs gone dry are only waiting to resurface. At once comic and moving, troubling and restorative, Mike Barnes’s original stories are here to remind us that fairy tales aren’t about the happily-ever-after: they’re about the strange detours we take trying to get there. With seventy drawings from the striking brush of Segbingway.


Mike Barnes is the author of The Lily Pond: A Memoir of Madness, Memory, Myth, and Metamorphosis, two novels, two volumes of poetry, and two short fiction collections.


Segbingway is an artist who lives in Toronto.

 

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Mike Barnes: Mike Barnes is the author of The Lily Pond: A Memoir of Madness, Memory, Myth, and Metamorphosis; two novels (Catalogue Raisonne and The Syllabus); two volumes of poetry (Calm Jazz Sea and A Thaw Foretold), and two short fiction collections (Aquarium and Contrary Angel). His poems have been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and his short fiction for the Danuta Gleed Award. His stories have also appeared twice in Best Canadian Stories, three times in The Journey Prize Anthology, and won the Silver Medal for Fiction at the National Magazine Awards. He lives in Toronto.Segbingway: Sebingway is an artist who lives in Toronto.
 
Published May 29, 2012 by Biblioasis. 200 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer on Jun 15 2012

The 12 stories that comprise this collection are marvellous in the truest sense. They are strange and dark, unpleasant and open-hearted, by which I mean my deepest compliments.

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Reviewed by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer on Jun 15 2012

The 12 stories that comprise this collection are marvellous in the truest sense. They are strange and dark, unpleasant and open-hearted, by which I mean my deepest compliments.

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