May We Shed These Human Bodies by Amber Sparks

May We Shed These Human Bodies

***Best Small Press Debut of 2012 -- The Atlantic Wire***May We Shed These Human Bodies peers through vast spaces and skies with the world's most powerful telescope to find humanity: wild and bright and hard as diamonds.

Details May We Shed These Human Bodies

TitleMay We Shed These Human Bodies
Release DateSep 30th, 2012
PublisherCurbside Splendor Publishing Inc.
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Magical Realism, Literary Fiction, Short Story Collection

Reviews May We Shed These Human Bodies

  • Hannah
    I love Amber Sparks’ imagination and her way with words and the vagueness of her stories. She writes stories that are super short but filled with meaning and metaphors and hints of deeper darkness and I adore this. She writes longer stories that resonate deeply, often filled with fairy-taleness in a way that makes them feel both familiar and wonderfully original; I adored this too. The stories in this collection all share her special brand of w...
  • Nancy
    Posted at Shelf Inflicted This strange, experimental, imaginative collection is full of brilliant ideas and explores serious issues, but I felt many of the stories were a little too clever, wispy and insubstantial as air. I like the combination of magic realism, fantasy and horror and the variety of stories. There was enough weirdness and bizarre situations to capture my interest, and my enjoyment of stories by Aimee Bender and Kelly Link drew me...
  • Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
    Amber Sparks creates the kind of fiction that I’m now realizing is a sort of yin to my maximalist pomo yang. The elegant restraint and concision of the sort that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying since reading a few other (odd coincidence) A-name authors of a similar bent (Amelia Gray, Alissa Nutting, Aimee Bender) who also exude a real knack for the casually fantastical, the slyly and smartly surreal, the ability to burrow down into the whimsy a...
  • Richard Thomas
    THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AT THE NERVOUS BREAKDOWN.As its title suggests, May We Shed These Human Bodies (Curbside Splendor) by Amber Sparks is a collection of stories that is grounded in reality, but often has a hint of the surreal, the supernatural, woven into its fabric. The power in these stories comes from the awareness that a life is at a tipping point, and the assignment of emotional weight to everyday events we typically ignore...
  • Lori
    from publisherRead 9/11/12 - 9/18/124 Stars - Strongly Recommended to fans of short stories that charm, intrigue, and warn...Pgs: 145Publisher: Curbside SplendorReleases: Sept 30, 2012Amber Sparks has a knack for saying a lot with very little. The short stories in this collection range anywhere from a few paragraphs to a few pages long, and yet they tell their story more clearly and more entirely than some novels I have read.This book popped up o...
  • Jen Campbell
    3.5 ☺ I'll talk about it in my next wrap up. 3.5 ☺️ I'll talk about it in my next wrap up.
  • Jessica Stevens
    I picked up this book from Pitchfork music festival, where they were selling a few extra advance review copies that they had. It was a total bargain and the book looked intriguing, and I was on a book-buying-kick that day, so I got it. I do not regret this decision one bit. The short stories in this book are a lot like chips - they are small, and very good, and you will sit down and read one and then read another and another and before you know i...
  • Jason Pettus
    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this review, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)Today's review comes with a bit of a personal bias; although I don't know author Amber Sparks other than being briefly introduced to her once at a party, her new book of stories has come out through our friends and peers over at Chicago's Curbside Splendor...
  • Peter Tieryas
    Adding the Youtube Video Review: really enjoyed this and reviewed it at the Collagist, which you can check out here: segment from the review: "Amber Sparks, the fairy godmother of rebirth, has a wicked genius about her that transmogrifies the ordinary and makes us long to befriend the unusual gamut of quirky fiends that occupy her pages, even if it means losing ...
  • Sara
    Copy received through the Goodreads First Reads program."There were no books in the Afterwards, which the people thought was some serious bullshit." I fell in love with that line instantly, and it's only 3 pages into the book!What an odd little collection of short stories. I don't mean that in a disparaging way at all--I think there was only one story in here that didn't really work for me. Several stories toy with experimental story structure, w...
  • Michael Seidlinger
    Some of the most inventive fiction I've read in quite some time.
  • Kathy
    Loved these stories from the brilliant mind of Amber Sparks very much.
  • Diana Ashkanani
    I really enjoyed the writing style!
  • Melanie Page
    What, exactly, is it? Sparks's book wears many hats. It's a collection of short stories and flash fiction. At times, it's a series of lists: objects in an exhibit, school periods and corresponding homework, numbering/bullet points, character types (Mother, Father, Child, etc.), math equations, and boxing rounds. It's an entry into all points of view: first, second, third. You'll find longer stories that are plot-driven, flash fictions that are e...
  • Jennifer
    Amber Sparks has the weird, wondering imagination of a child that some adults wish they still had, but most have completely forgotten.I need to buy a copy of this physically thin, yet figuratively full collection of short stories. SO creative, strange, silly and beautiful. I cannot wait for Amber Sparks to publish again! And I almost forgot! Found a small note inside this library book typed on an actual TYPEWRITER (can you believe it?!?!) stating...
  • Ampersand Books
    Reviewed by C. L. BledsoeThe first story in May We Shed These Human Bodies is one of the longest and best: “Death and the People,” a creation myth-esque story about Death taking all humans, all at once, because they couldn’t bear to have anyone die alone. This actually works out pretty well for a while. The Earth is able to cleanse itself of the damage and accumulated garbage and detritus people have left, and the People, as Death calls the...
  • Matt
    This is maybe one of the best books of stories I've read in a while, a kaleidoscopic collection of narratives that had a real emotional charge, even when the form and especially the contents of the stories were, well, pretty fantastically far-out. I think the wrap on this book is that these are newvaeu fairy tales, and I think they probably fit pretty well into that whole Bernheimer axis, but when I was reading, I kept thinking "myth, not fairy t...
  • Will
    This book of stories takes on heavy themes for a first collection - dementia, chemical weapons, the extinction of mankind, and bullying among them - and largely fails to do these themes justice. Choosing such content, Sparks might have set herself up for a nearly impossible task; other writers have devoted entire novels to any single one of these subjects, while Sparks breezes over each in a few pages. Her casual language throughout the book reen...
  • Rachel Petty
    Incredible collection of such diverse characters, forms, themes, and how shall I say it, realms of existence? The prose is youthful and inventive. The kind of prose that makes you thankful that someone finally put into words the emotions you have been experiencing or the things you have been seeing. All the stories have a sort of "magic" to them. Just finished it and I already feel like I need to reread it.
  • Robert Kloss
    This is a diverse and exciting collection of stories and flash fiction. Both readable and formally inventive, comic and serious, contemporary and mythic, this is post-Nabokovian high literary experimental prose at its finest.
  • Tara
    Wow. These stories are so powerful. They punch you in the face. (In a good way.) I am extremely impressed by the wide range of voices in this collection. Each story is a delight and surprise.
  • Shane Bendaña
    May We Shed These Human Bodies by Amber Sparks is a collection of thirty short stories, some of them a page or two in length. Most of these stories are modern fairy-tales gone wrong due to the inspiration of the idea of the fall of man. The first story in the collection, “Death and the People,” is a story much like Everyman and Dr. Faustus, yet more engaging and sarcastic. Death approaches the people and asks a single person to follow him to ...
  • Curbside Splendor
    We're publishing this book in September 2012. Amber Sparks' short stories have been widley published in literary journals. We're pulling her work together to show it off. It will punch you in the face, and you'll be thanful for it. You'll thank us. Thank the universe. Thank America. Enjoy.“In May We Shed These Human Bodies, Amber Sparks proves herself not only a fine writer but also a high scientist of imaginative bliss: This is a collection of...
  • Lyndsey
    "Why can't you just be a little bit brave, the nurse sighed. Why can't you.But you just can't, that's all. It's the one thing you have no talent for: being a little bit brave."--Study for the New Fictional ScienceReally enjoyed this collection. The story "You Will Be the Living Equation" ripped my fucking heart out when I read it in Annalemma a year or two ago, and it ripped my heart out again when I read it here. Beautiful.
  • David
    There is something about how Sparks puts words together, ideas in a sequence, that just is completely her own. People use the word "startling" too much, but that's what these stories are. They startle, and fascinate. Sometimes you read to be entertained, and sometimes you just marvel. This book is definitely a case of the latter.
  • Peacegal
    The children are savory and tender, more delicious than the Grand Slam breakfast at Denny’s. The short stories in this book all have a fairy tale-like, ethereal quality. This is a very cool little collection for those who enjoy dark and bizarre fiction.
  • Victor Giron
    I'm publishing this, so yeah I love it.
  • Moizza
    Lyrical and affecting. A great volume of micro-fiction (with a few forays into prose poetry as well). Carry this around with you to look cool and intriguing.
  • Kirsty
    I adored Amber Sparks' second collection, The Unfinished World and Other Stories, which my parents bought for me from the wonderful Strand Bookstore in New York last year. I was therefore markedly impatient to get my hands on her debut short story collection, May We Shed These Human Bodies. Despite the moderate expense for a secondhand book, and the fact that I had to order it from the USA, I decided that it would be the perfect treat to read whi...