Black Juice Margo Lanagan
  • Title: Black Juice
  • Author: Margo Lanagan
  • ISBN: 9781741145014
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  • Black Juice Margo Lanagan Black Juice In this extraordinary short story collection human frailty is put to the test by the relentless forces of dark and light man and beast Each tale offers glimpses into familiar shadowy worlds that pu
    In this extraordinary short story collection, human frailty is put to the test by the relentless forces of dark and light, man and beast Each tale offers glimpses into familiar, shadowy worlds that push the boundaries of the spirit and leave the mind haunted with the knowledge that black juice runs through us all.Contents Earthly Uses 2004 House of the Many 2004 My LordIn this extraordinary short story collection, human frailty is put to the test by the relentless forces of dark and light, man and beast Each tale offers glimpses into familiar, shadowy worlds that push the boundaries of the spirit and leave the mind haunted with the knowledge that black juice runs through us all.Contents Earthly Uses 2004 House of the Many 2004 My Lord s Man 2004 Perpetual Light 2004 Red Nose Day 2004 Rite of Spring 2004 Singing My Sister Down 2004 Sweet Pippit 2004 Wooden Bride 2004 Yowlinin 2004
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    About Margo Lanagan


    1. Margo Lanagan, born in Waratah, New South Wales, is an Australian writer of short stories and young adult fiction.Many of her books, including YA fiction, were only published in Australia Recently, several of her books have attracted worldwide attention Her short story collection Black Juice won two World Fantasy Awards It was published in Australia by Allen Unwin and the United Kingdom by Gollancz in 2004, and in North America by HarperCollins in 2005 It includes the much anthologized short story Singing My Sister Down.Her short story collection White Time, originally published in Australia by Allen Unwin in 2000, was published in North America by HarperCollins in August 2006, after the success of Black Juice.


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    1. Posted at Shelf Inflicted Based on a friend s review, I went to the library in search of Margo Lanagan s Tender Morsels It was not available, so I borrowed a collection of short stories titled Black Juice A little review on the back by author John Marsden caught my eye I want to hire a plane and write BLACK JUICE across the sky so that people will read these intense, rich, disturbing stories Indeed, each story in this collection is richly described, dark and disturbing Almost too dark to be shel [...]

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    2. I picked up this collection from the library, because I loved Lanagan s Tender Morsels, a novel I know I would ve reread if I were a teenager.The reader of these stories is plopped, matter of fact ly, into Lanagan s imaginative worlds, places that are not our own but in some ways are familiar For example, we may not encounter blobby, destructive monsters made from beetles in a rural village set in some kind of past in the story Yowlinin , but we all know the pangs of unrequited love.The first st [...]

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    3. Lanagan s writing is the best part of this collection Even when a story has a misstep or flounders, it does good things It has me wanting to try her novels again, as I think I may just be the right age and have the right expectations to enjoy them for the prose and the intelligent fantasy that they are What you are most likely to find in this anthology and, from what I gather, in Lanagan s general work Beautiful, horrific prose that captures a tone and voice unlike anything you ve read before Ch [...]

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    4. Black Juice is the first adult book that I have reviewed since I mainly reviewed many children s books So, the format for any reviews that I do for adult books will be a little different than how I reviewed children s books since I will be reviewing the adult books from my own perspective instead of towards the general audience that I usually do for children s books Black Juice is a Printz Honor book and is one of the earlier books written by Margo Lanagan and it details ten stories about vario [...]

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    5. I don t recall having read any anthologies before I have tried out some random short stories but have not really enjoyed them I picked this book up at the Caboolture Bookfest as I had Margo Lanagan marked as an Australian author I wanted to try out I am SO GLAD I found bought this SO GLAD this is the first book of collected short stories I have read Such dark, sad, creepy tales that are riddled with anxiety of what s What happened What is happening What is going to happen I honestly liked all of [...]

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    6. Weirdly wonderful Lanagan manages to capture whole worlds in her brief glimpses of strange and fascinating characters Even though I would have welcomed longer explorations of each of her worlds, each story felt complete in and of itself The imagery she uses is simply gorgeous as well.

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    7. I heard that Lanagan was an author to read, so checked out a book of her short stories I don t usually really get short stories, but I give them a try every now and then Black Juice was definitely worth reading I wish she would show this brilliance in a full novel her one serious novel, Tender Morsels, is excellent but doesn t live up to the promise of these short stories Lanagan has an incredible talent for sketching out characters and worlds and making us care about them in the space of a few [...]

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    8. The title of this book was warning enough Black Juice has the flavour of a nightmare makes sense and you are groping for anything that might be familiar and give you a solid piece, even just a weeny piece, to set your toes on so as to catch your breath and take your bearings.Margo takes you way out of your Comfort Zone with her surreal worlds, like parallel universes, even by just the minimal spelling of people as peeple , and I knew Margo had removed me from my safe little world.Each story crea [...]

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    9. I will not write a true review this book for a variety of reasons For the life of me, I can not figure out how to discuss the stories within this collection, not only because to do so would mean spoiling the plot, but also I can not figure out how to summarize the plots For certain inclusions in the book, if I were asked what the story was about, I would be left with a blank expression on my face, no words on my lips, but a very specific feeling inside.That is the crux of the matter While Lanaga [...]

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    10. The premise ganked from BN As part of a public execution, a young boy forlornly helps to sing his sister down A servant learns about grace and loyalty from a mistress who would rather dance with Gypsies than sit on her throne A terrifying encounter with a demonic angel gives a young man the strength he needs to break free of his oppressor On a bleak and dreary afternoon a gleeful shooting spree leads to tragedy for a desperate clown unable to escape his fate.In each of Margo Lanagan s ten extrao [...]

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    11. I picked this up after reading an article about YA literature that would appeal to adults The article had a list of the top ten YA authors for adults, and Margo Lanagan was listed and the only author I hadn t read When the blurb about her books mentioned something about a clown massacre in Black Juice, I immediately put it on hold at the library.The first story in this collection, Singing My Sister Down, was awesome, and basically the only reason I gave this book three stars The story was about [...]

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    12. Each of the ten short stories in this collection should devastate you as a reader and as a writer They are dark, uncompromising glimpses of vulnerability not always human, and when human, not always precisely human and sometimes that vulnerability does not end in a relieved return to safety It is a marvel that these stories are told from such alien perspectives yet still fill us with so fierce an empathy for such strange characters in such peculiar straits The one narrated by elephants is hardly [...]

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    13. I used to crave a fantasy book Not your cookie cutter grand adventure, no sirree, I wanted something entirely unknowable, completely foreign, not a speck of dust from the Earth It d be transcendental and achingly beautiful, beyond my own words.That doesn t exist.But it made me of think of the stories in this book, how many of them simply plunge you head first into a world full of references and places and ideas and characters, some strange world you will never get all the pieces of, similar to a [...]

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    14. This is my third Margo Lanagan short story collection, and once again her storytelling has really amazed me I still have Red Spikes to read of her collections, but I think I am going to read her new novel, Sea Hearts, next as I haven t read any of her novels yet Some of her stories move me in one case to tears , some confuse me, and some are clever, whilst all of them have me thinking about them One thing I do find is that I often need a gap between one story and the next I can t just read throu [...]

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    15. Margo Lanagan is a great writer I really enjoyed this collection They are dark and some are quite disturbing, but nothing so scandalous as Tender Morsels I really liked all of the stories except the weird clown one called Red Nose Day that one was really messed up I think I ll shy away from her short stories from now on She truly is a great writer, but I was so disappointed with the short stories because they are just too short As soon as I get to know the culture and new world she s created, it [...]

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    16. I was a little surprised to find people who didn t find this collection brilliant Yes, they re disorientating But for me, that s part of the pleasure to be thrust into a new world, without the length to find out exactly what makes it tick, but to see it rather through the eyes of those who live it And the worlds can be scary possibilities, they can be sad, but mostly it is just that for the course of the story, you believe in them And the characters, amongst their different traditions and terror [...]

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    17. Eery stories, each one creating its own world She twists language, and makes it do amazing things.

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    18. Based on the book description, I thought this would be a book of short stories delving into different aspects of the human soul and psyche, both dark and light That is not what I found and certainly not how I would sell this book While I was impressed with the first story Singing My Sister Down , and the level to which the author managed to draw the reader into the characters in a few short pages, it was the only one that I thought was worth reading The rest were, for the most part, simplistic, [...]

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    19. Igor Kovalyov APA citation Lanagan, M 2005 Black juice New York Eos Genre Short Stories Awards If applicable Michael L Printz Award honor book, 2006 Format Print Selection Process Recommendation Review Black Juice is a collection of ten short stories set in marvelous and strange worlds Often dark and even borderline disturbing, the stories feature a young character The story examines these characters and how they deal with love, relationships, marriage, freedom, abuse and death The stories are t [...]

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    20. I d been ploughing through some longer works for the past few months, and I felt like I just needed to read something lighter this week By lighter, I mean only in terms of physical size, because Black Juice by Margo Lanagan could not easily be described as light reading Even though it appears in the Young Adult section, this little 200 page book of short stories packs a punch, and is as dark as its name implies This is fantasy, but expect no elves or cute dancing fairies oh, there are fairies, b [...]

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    21. This was such a strange little collection of short stories All of them started right off in the midst of strange locations or strange cultures, and you had to just figure things out as you went along And by the time you did, the strange, disturbing little story was over Everything was very dark and mysterious, and I was sure if I was supposed to like or loathe the protagonists A little of both The theme was about tapping into those dark places that everyone has, that you don t want to quite admi [...]

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    22. Black Juice is Margo Lanagan s collection of riveting 10 short stories The stories range from far and wide As part of a public execution, a young boy forlornly helps to sing his sister downA servant learns about grace and loyalty from a mistress who would rather dance with Gypsies than sit on her throneA terrifying encounter with a demonic angel gives a young man the strength he needs to break free of his oppressorOn a bleak and dreary afternoon a gleeful shooting spree leads to tragedy for a de [...]

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    23. , , too weird , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .

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    24. So strange and inventive I started this totally in awe of the world Lanagan creates in her first short story, and then watched and she created a totally new and unexpected place again and again Totally recommended for fans of darker fantasy or short story readers.The only reason for the 3 star rating instead of something higher I am owning up to the fact that I am not a short story reader I always start out enjoying them and then by the middle I m so tired of it I don t want to go any further It [...]

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    25. While the writing is splendid, all but three stories that I can remember simply stopped they didn t have an ending Sometimes the stories just stopped there was nothing in particular that indicated a resolution of some kind An event happened and was over or not The criterion by which I was raised was that in a good work of fiction, the main character had to change in some material way, for good or ill Only three stories showed that kind of change and resolution.As I say, the writing is splendid, [...]

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    26. I checked out this book because it was a 2006 Printz Honor Book I was amazed by the stories, especially Sing My Sister Down , Sweet Pippet , Booroondooroon spelling , and the clown story Red Nose or something These stories were so dark and disturbing and I love them all I need to read White Time ASAP

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    27. Two words Sniper Clowns.

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    28. completely, absolutely brilliant short stories thick and rich description one of those books where the characters names, histories, mythologies make complete sense.

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    29. Meraviglioso e terrificante Il primo racconto sposta pi su le aspettative, ma gli altri non sono da meno se non ci si aspetta esattamente la stessa cosa Verso Shirley Jackson boom, ma anche no.

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    30. Only got to read three stories before I had to give this back, but they were all solid gold.

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