Speculative fiction short stories by a mid-20th century feminist Japanese performance artist and writer…what’s not to like? Well, the writing, that’s what. I found myself consistently interested in the ideas but bored by the actual writing. Characters were hollow vehicles for ideas and plot and I just could not get into it.
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When we think of fungi, we likely think of mushrooms. But mushrooms are only fruiting bodies, analogous to apples on …
Loved this collection of dark and strange stories. I was often uncomfortable and audibly cringing while reading these stories as she does not shy away from body-horror, but nonetheless felt compelled to keep reading. Characters are seeking meaning and a sense off humanity through bizarre and often grotesque circumstances, which brought me deeper into each story even as I recoiled.
The stories are at their most powerful when she turns up the psychological disorientation through slowly revealed details, in stories you have to ( and want to) read several times to make sense of.
She was about to flush the toilet. "Mother?" She looked back. There was a head popping out of the toilet, calling for her. "Mother?" The woman looked at it for a moment. Then, she flushed the toilet. The head disappeared in a rush of water. She left the bathroom.
First paragraph of the first story in this collection is already so weird! The rest of the story did not disappoint.