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The Octopus Rises

(2015)
A collection of stories by

 
 
This is a collection of literary prose short fiction - stories about the end of Bert and Ernie's relationship, about robot love, a town who shares a heart, and much more - from an up-and-coming Seattle author.

Man, I had so many stab wounds, it was crazy. There I was at the conference center, and I hadn't even adequately prepared my presentation. And so begins "Bleeding Man and Wounded Deer," one of the stories in this collection of literary short fiction from the pen of acclaimed Seattle novelist Ryan Boudinot. Bouncing between experimental fiction, absurdist farce, paranoid futurism, and stinging satire, Boudinot's funny, inventive prose lays bare the hopes and anxieties of our age. From a heartbreaking and pitch-perfect account of the end of Bert and Ernie's relationship, to a story about lovelorn robots looking for a "chop-shop owner who's willing to look the other way" in a world where robot sex is illegal, to a Miyazaki-esque story about an entire town that shares the same heart, Boudinot's prose crackles an acerbic wit. Also featuring: "Chopsticks" (the protaganist's cat who develops a hard drug problem); "An Essay and a Story about Motley Crue" (wish-fulfillment disguised as memoir); "I Used to Be a Plastic Bottle!"; and "The Guy Who Kept Meeting Himself."

    

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Hardback Editions

July 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Octopus Rises
Author(s): Ryan Boudinot
ISBN: 1-60699-847-1 / 978-1-60699-847-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fantagraphics
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August 2015 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Octopus Rises
Author(s): Ryan Boudinot
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Availability: Amazon