Mothers & Other Monsters: Stories #2020

Mothers & Other Monsters: Stories By Maureen F. McHugh Mothers Other Monsters Stories In her debut collection Maureen F McHugh examines the impacts of social and technological shifts on families Using deceptively simple prose she illuminates the relationship between parents and child
  • Title: Mothers & Other Monsters: Stories
  • Author: Maureen F. McHugh
  • ISBN: 9781931520195
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mothers & Other Monsters: Stories By Maureen F. McHugh In her debut collection, Maureen F McHugh examines the impacts of social and technological shifts on families Using deceptively simple prose, she illuminates the relationship between parents and children and the expected and unexpected chasms that open between generations.Contents Ancestor Money 2003 In the Air 1995 The Cost to Be Wise 1996 The Lincoln Train 1995 IntIn her debut collection, Maureen F McHugh examines the impacts of social and technological shifts on families Using deceptively simple prose, she illuminates the relationship between parents and children and the expected and unexpected chasms that open between generations.Contents Ancestor Money 2003 In the Air 1995 The Cost to Be Wise 1996 The Lincoln Train 1995 Interview On Any Given Day 2001 Oversite 2004 Wicked 2005 Laika Comes Back Safe 2002 Presence 2002 Eight Legged Story 2003 The Beast 1992 Nekropolis 1994 Frankenstein s Daughter 2003
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    1. Maureen F. McHugh

      Maureen F McHugh born 1959 is a science fiction and fantasy writer.Her first published story appeared in Isaac Asimov s Science Fiction Magazine in 1989 Since then, she has written four novels and over twenty short stories Her first novel, China Mountain Zhang 1992 , was nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula Award, and won the James Tiptree, Jr Award In 1996 she won a Hugo Award for her short story The Lincoln Train 1995 McHugh s short story collection Mothers and Other Monsters was shortlisted as a finalist for the Story Prize in December, 2005.Maureen is currently a partner at No Mimes Media, an Alternate Reality Game company which she co founded with Steve Peters and Behnam Karbassi in March 2009 Prior to founding No Mimes, Maureen worked for 42 Entertainment, where she was a Writer and or Managing Editor for numerous Alternate Reality Game projects, including Year Zero and I Love Bees.

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    1. The following review appeared The New York Review of Science Fiction in October, 2006, reprinted from The Peterborough Examiner.Maureen McHugh s first collection Mothers And Other Monsters was a finalist for this year s Story Prize, inaugurated in 2004 to acknowledge and support the writing of quality short fiction in this age of the novel Interestingly, all four of McHugh s own novels, including her debut, the award winning China Mountain Zhang, are science fiction Her high literary concerns mi [...]


    2. I was reminded of Chekhov the Russian author, not Enterprises navigator when reading this collection for several reasons 1 I m in the midst of plowing through all 13 volumes of Constance Garnett s translations of Chekhov, so he s on my mind and the temptation to compare and contrast is strong 2 Like Chekhov, McHugh s stories in this collection tend to lack plots There s not much action, and rarely is there resolution For example, in The Cost to Be Wise the villagers of a rediscovered Terran colo [...]


    3. 3.5 stars rounded up These are earlier stories from Maureen F McHugh Her characters and the settings matter much than the story, and she struggles with endings In this, McHugh reminds me of Zadie Smith.McHugh often takes present day settings and adds a small technological change that gently marks her stories as sci fi otherwise, they would pass as slice of life short stories The precipitating technology could be a tracking app that parents use on their teenagers, a cure for Alzheimer s that reb [...]


    4. Finally got to read a collection from a writer whom everyone is raving about Previously I had not been impressed because her choice of topics is so varied So a story can be a hit or miss unless the reader has been primed beforehand For example, I almost gave up midway on her popular the Cost to be Wise I love far futures and off world ers, but huh the world building is weak imho ButI m glad I persisted because McHugh can touch one s right hemisphere through stories like Presence Frankenstein s [...]


    5. Wow Confieso que no estaba muy entusiasmada con este libro, pero me llam la atenci n porque se puede conseguir gratuitamente aqui en y decid aprovechar la oportunidad.Comenc a leerlo sin fijarme mucho en el g nero o las clasificaciones e ingenuamente esperaba clich s sobre las madres Sin embargo, en un par de p ginas super mi escepticismo Las historias tienen conceptos interesantes Son una mezcla de ciencia ficci n con un lado humano acerca de las relaciones familiares Por supuesto, algunas de l [...]


    6. This one has the one or other great individual story, but is overall not the place to start reading McHugh go to the the brilliat China Mountain Zhang and return then, once you feel like you need to read everything by McHugh.


    7. I skipped one of the stories, but all in all, I LOVED this collection The perfect mix of bizarre, fantastic and strange circumstances and just generally good writing.If I d written this book, I could die a happy woman.


    8. I gave this a 4 star rating because I think Ms McHugh is a great writer I am not a big fan of uncomfortable stories with vague endings, but I was definitely riveted.



    9. Captivating I was first introduced to Maureen McHugh s work through After the Apocalypse Stories 2011 I just so happened to spot a review of it online just where that was escapes me now, sadly reading recommendations, got any and, in search of new post apocalyptic fiction bonus points for zombies , I snapped it up immediately After devouring it in all of a week, I quickly tore through her novels Nekropolis 2002 , China Mountain Zhang 1997 , Half the Day is Night 1996 , and the epic masterpiece M [...]


    10. This collection of stories was wonderful The worlds are spread out far removed from our own The settings are places where clones and biologically engineered servants, and fantastic futuristic technology on lost worlds There are also ghosts and werewolves which are so far up my alley it s not even funny Love that stuff The thing that stands out isn t the tech, or the alien lands and technologies it s that at the core of every single story is a human story If you read a lot you realize the languag [...]


    11. Maureen F McHugh writes stories that defy categorisation Some have sci fi aspects to them,while others are domestic vignettes of failed marriages or parent child relationships.Many combine the two,presenting stories that explore issues like cloning and rejuvenation from very personal perspectives, examining their impact of families,marriage and parenting The best sci fi stimulates the mind and touches the heart,and McHugh succeeds resoundingly in this respect.If you enjoyed this, Daniel Keye s F [...]


    12. Literary stories with sff perspectives Some feel literary, some feel sff I read through this really slowly for a lot of reasons Sometime s I d get a little stuck on a story Sometimes it was because I couldn t tell how long the story was Kindle, not marked by story Sometimes it was because I really needed to read The Fifth Season Overall I liked it, but there were a few stories that slowed me down, and some of those felt long But there were a few stories that I thought were amazing Nekropolis r [...]


    13. Maureen McHugh is going to be a guest speaker at WisCON the feminist sci fi conference that I am hoping to go to in Madison in May I loved her earlier book China Mountain Zhang, so i was excited about this one The short stories were not all sci fi, which I was surprised about but not at all disappointed And they were so interesting about alzheimers, life after death, cloned children, and one about a lost colony from earth Really compelling and well written, though I wanted most of them to contin [...]


    14. What a collection There was not a single story in this book that didn t drag some reaction from me Most of the stories were short and surreal, with no real end point Just a brief glimpse into the life of another person, in another situation The concept of mother fascinates me endlessly We have such expectations, such a concrete image conjured up by one word Maureen McHugh does not disappoint with her forays into the often unexplored darker sides of what this means Thoroughly recommend.


    15. Recommended to me because I like Kelly Link, and it was great It s actually published by Kelly Link s press Stories about the afterlife or artificial intelligence or what if Lincoln didn t die or extraterrestrial pre Industrial Revolution colonies or werewolves or slightly futuristic technology, all fantastically written Really diverse concepts, but similar themes, which is a nice trick, done well.


    16. Maureen McHugh does a lovely job delineating the parameters of loss and the human ability to keep hoping in the face of such loss She integrates speculative elements naturally and easily, and you accept them right away because they fit.I am giving this collection four stars based on the strength of these particular stories The Lincoln Train which I wanted to be longer , Oversite , Laika Comes Back Safe , Presence , Nekropolis.


    17. Just because I didn t care for them doesn t mean these aren t good stories I read mostly sci fi, and maybe I was expecting too much of that from an established SF author Instead, these are, um, what can I say, delicate vignettes that explore modern life and use speculative fantasy elements as seasoning, or perhaps as something to lift the story out of the everyday just enough Just not my style Your mileage may vary Void where prohibited.


    18. I picked it up because of the title I brought it home because of the blurbs on the cover from Ursula K Le Guin Mary Doria Russell I was not disappointed Taut, concise short fiction with a delightfully odd imaginative twist The stories are strikingly different from one another and all are as tight as a drumhead There s a bit of alternate history, a bit of scifi, some straight fiction all of it nicely plotted and interestingly told.


    19. A great collection of short stories with everything from werewolves, ghosts, stepmothers, and heaven to dystopian worlds with tribal communities and alien technologies McHugh s writing made me read this collection like it was a novel Of course like After the Apocalypse, I m left with wanting .


    20. Technically very well written Good flow of time and pace of most stories Creative ideas and stories that reminded me a bit of Bradbury at times Biggest problem complaint was repetition of themes or items that are clearly involved or have impacted authors life I like getting that knowledge and background of an author s life and mind from their writing, but in a collection of stories from one author some of these are a bit strong.


    21. I ve wondered if the McHughs characters seem so real because they re often so depressed This was a free electronic book that I read on a touch Many of the stories were meditations on motherhood or caretaking, one was a precursor to Nekropolis It wasn t all her best stuff, but an interesting collection.


    22. mchugh s writing is always interesting to me because in multiple ways it s posed in a state of tension between opposites emotional sensitivity vs restraint, genre vs literary fiction, individuality vs community, thematic repetition vs exploration i ve really liked her novels, but short stories seem like an even natural fit.


    23. This book of beautifully crafted short stories will knock you off your feet Seriously I am not usually into the Sci Fi genre but these stories were engaging from the beginning After reading a bit about the author I found out my favorite short story from this collection, Nekropolis, was expanded into a full length novel I can t wait to read it


    24. Wow These stories blew me away Not so much sci fi or fantasy, as they are stories with a fantastical element The writing here was beautiful Evocative Haunting Intense I don t want to talk about particulars I don t want to give anything away There wasn t a single story I didn t feel immediately drawn into and compelled by Definitely a must read


    25. Maureen McHugh, noted writer of science fiction, crosses over into mainstream yet not boring fiction with this choice and juicy book of stories McHugh always adds a touch of speculation or sometimes something akin to magical realism real, but the effect is magical , and if she writes about the future, it s the future of ten minutes from now, prescient and pressing.


    26. This book contains most of the best of McHugh s short fiction, and is one of my favorite single author collections They re all thoughtful, well written pieces, and I can t pick out a single favorite It s an excellent, very literary volume, one I pick up and read a piece from every other year or so.


    27. A surprisingly engaging collection of short stories, spanning the genres A resemblance to the twilight Zone cliched format is quickly dispelled.ese stories are not predictable and will surprise you.


    28. McHugh is possibly the best writer to tackle the sandwich problem women taking care of children and aging parents simultaneously in SF Not all of the stories concern this theme, but many of them are quite lovely.


    29. some new stories, some originals that were turned into novels stories about the difficult decisions people make when they are put in the small impossible situations of human life it is probably what people mean by mundane sf , but in the best possible way these people are very familiar.


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