Read Tales of Falling and Flying Online Free - "Ben Loory's stories are little gifts, strange and moving and wonderfully human. I devoured this book in one sitting." --Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
A dazzling new collection of stories from the critically acclaimed author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for The Day
Ben Loory returns with a second collection of timeless tales, inviting us to enter his worlds of whimsical fantasy, deep empathy, and playful humor, in the signature voice that drew readers to his highly praised first collection. In stories that eschew literary realism, Loory's characters demonstrate richly imagined and surprising perspectives, whether they be dragons or swordsmen, star-crossed lovers or long-lost twins, restaurateurs dreaming of Paris or cephalopods fixated on space travel. In propulsive language that brilliantly showcases Loory's vast imagination, Tales of Falling and Flying expands our understanding of how fiction can work and is sure to cement his reputation as one of the most innovative short-story writers working today.
Praise for Ben Loory's Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day
"This guy can write!" --Ray Bradbury
"[A] wild, dreamy debut . . . These stories are full of wit, humor, and heart." --The Boston Globe
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September 09, 2017
Hooray! The book is finally out!
Here are some reviews:
Here's a profile story in the LA Times:
August 29, 2017
It took me about three stories to find the rhythm of Ben Loory's cooky, brilliant, weird, wonderful writing style - then I stopped questioning what was happening and just went where his imagination took me - and I adored this. This collection of very short short stories reads unlike any I have re...
September 10, 2017
classic ben loory.
August 29, 2017
I'm afraid if I were to use all the adjectives that apply to Ben Loory's stories, someone would roll their eyes, because how could it be possible that ALL these adjectives are apt? I would be called hyperbolic and fawning. But then I would hope that the eye roller would read the stories and under...
August 29, 2017
It's great to see Loory up to his old tricks again. With this new collection of stories there is no shortage of heart, imagination or adventure.
September 13, 2017
These tales or fables read like minimalist Beckett, if Beckett had been taught how to write by Aesop, Isak Dinesen, and someone with the faith in humanity of Dickens. They are puzzling, wise, always clever, and often just plain funny, but they all make you think. Great sophomore outing. Revised f...
September 07, 2017
I read Tales of Falling and Flying in three sittings. That took some discipline on my part. The book is fun and compelling enough that I could have finished it all at once, but it's also impactful and resonant enough that I wanted to give myself time in-between sittings to think about the stories...
August 12, 2017
I got an advanced copy of this and read it voraciously. These are fun fast bits of fantasy and surrealism that are satisfying as fairy tales and also on a deeper psychological level. They make you want to not only read more of the author but also to sit down and write yourself. You think "if I al...
September 06, 2017
There's a strange kind of magic in these stories. I'm not clear if it's better than Loory's first collection (which is one of my favorites), but it's just as readable, and it's still incredible how Loory does so much in such a small space.
October 10, 2017
This was the most charming thing I've read all year - maybe ever?
This collection of quirky shorts from Ben Loory is a delight - be prepared to let go of the why, and just embrace the moment of "well of course that just happened!". They are short shorts, and most of them would work across all age...