as I floated in the jar
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A collection of imaginative, surreal, dream-like, whimsical, absurd, and strange fairy tale, fantasy, and sci-fi adventures of longing, discovery, surprises, secrets, escape, wonder, awe, eeriness, change, unusual gadgets, and strange happenings in everyday life.
These fables will make great story starters for young adults and reluctant readers.
– people travel into the past to get away from a regression plague that slowly turns people back into primates.
– a stranger extracts a baby from a man waiting for the bus.
– unique creatures move in down the block.
– a man gets a verbally abusive amorphous blob as a roommate.
– a lonely girl finds a small spaceship in the woods.
– a farmer invents gadgets to fight off infiltrators leaking in from another dimension.
– a jar falls from a passing wagon, spilling a strange liquid that turns a small mud puddle into something else.
With underlying themes of fragility, uncertainty, impermanence, the mysteries hidden in everyday life, discovery, escape, concealment, ennui, sadness, loneliness, technology run amok, strange machines, eerie vibes, change, irresponsible behavior, confusion, and absurd situations, Tony Rauch is a worthy successor to the artistry and imagination of the likes of Barry Yourgrau and Ray Bradbury.
what others are saying:
“An utterly delightful and thought-provoking suite of stories that brilliantly showcase the abstruse subgenres of ironic fantasy, philosophical whimsy, and muscular absurdism. Rauch is a fine writer indeed; this is exactly the kind of fiction I like best. Wild ideas, intricate plots, dark humour, all bound together with controlled and sagacious language that frequently sings. I think that Rauch might go as far as his stories are far out.”
– Rhys Hughes, author of Link Arms with Toads!
“These oneiric fables are the Baedeker of our postmodern times, a mental lifeline when the going gets slippery and hairy. If Franz Kafka had been born in 1990 and grown up on a diet of reality TV, tabloid headlines, political inanities, and summer blockbuster films, he might have conjured up something similar to Rauch’s trippy metamorphoses.”
– Paul Di Filippo, author of A Princess of the Linear Jungle