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Ghost stories tap into our most primal emotions as they encourage us to confront the timeless question: What comes after death? Here, in tales that are by turn scary, funny, philosophic, and touching, you'll find that question sharpened, split, reconsidered--and met with a multitude of answers. A spirit who is fated to spend eternity reliving the exact moment she lost her c Ghost stories tap into our most primal emotions as they encourage us to confront the timeless question: What comes after death? Here, in tales that are by turn scary, funny, philosophic, and touching, you'll find that question sharpened, split, reconsidered--and met with a multitude of answers. A spirit who is fated to spend eternity reliving the exact moment she lost her chance at love, ghostly trees that haunt the occupant of a wooden house, specters that snatch anyone who steps into the shadows, and parakeets that serve as mouthpieces for the dead: these are just a few of the characters in this extraordinary compendium of one hundred ghost stories. Kevin Brockmeier's fiction has always explored the space between the fantastical and the everyday with profundity and poignancy. As in his previous books, The Ghost Variations discovers new ways of looking at who we are and what matters to us, exploring how mysterious, sad, strange, and comical it is to be alive--or, as it happens, not to be.


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Ghost stories tap into our most primal emotions as they encourage us to confront the timeless question: What comes after death? Here, in tales that are by turn scary, funny, philosophic, and touching, you'll find that question sharpened, split, reconsidered--and met with a multitude of answers. A spirit who is fated to spend eternity reliving the exact moment she lost her c Ghost stories tap into our most primal emotions as they encourage us to confront the timeless question: What comes after death? Here, in tales that are by turn scary, funny, philosophic, and touching, you'll find that question sharpened, split, reconsidered--and met with a multitude of answers. A spirit who is fated to spend eternity reliving the exact moment she lost her chance at love, ghostly trees that haunt the occupant of a wooden house, specters that snatch anyone who steps into the shadows, and parakeets that serve as mouthpieces for the dead: these are just a few of the characters in this extraordinary compendium of one hundred ghost stories. Kevin Brockmeier's fiction has always explored the space between the fantastical and the everyday with profundity and poignancy. As in his previous books, The Ghost Variations discovers new ways of looking at who we are and what matters to us, exploring how mysterious, sad, strange, and comical it is to be alive--or, as it happens, not to be.

30 review for The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Roxane

    Ghost stories! The title does not mislead. Very well written. I am just not into ghost stories. If you are, you will love this book. The stories are very imaginative and original. The rating, as always, is about my personal experience with the book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    *ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* The Ghost Variations turned out to be an interesting read for me, mainly because I'm so mixed on my feelings. This book is a collection of short ghost stories; one hundred of them, to be exact. Having that many stories in the collections means that they really are SHORT stories - only a couple of pages each. The book is broken down into chapters, such as Ghosts and Memory, Ghosts and Nature, Ghosts and Love and Frie *ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* The Ghost Variations turned out to be an interesting read for me, mainly because I'm so mixed on my feelings. This book is a collection of short ghost stories; one hundred of them, to be exact. Having that many stories in the collections means that they really are SHORT stories - only a couple of pages each. The book is broken down into chapters, such as Ghosts and Memory, Ghosts and Nature, Ghosts and Love and Friendship, with each section containing several stories that fit the theme. The writing is lyrical, atmospheric, and beautiful, and the stories vary from touching to scary to heartfelt to funny. The most intriguing stories, I felt, fell under the Ghosts and Nature chapter, including the saddest - and my personal favorite - "Elephants." That being said, each story was so short that I rarely felt satisfied when I finished them. Almost every story felt like it ended abruptly and left me wanting more. I do like that we see so many different variations of the ghost story theme, some of which are very original, but I wish they were longer and more gratifying. This is a great book to have when you have ten or fifteen minutes to kill, but doesn't really work for me as a sit-down-and-read-for-a-while book. I've never read anything by Kevin Brockmeier before, but based on the prose alone I can't wait to pick up some other titles by this author!

  3. 5 out of 5

    niri

    I received this book as a free ARC via NetGalley. Sometimes profound, and sometimes scary, the short stories in this collection explore the idea of ghostliness in a range of interpretations. I found this perhaps best read in short bursts: I found the switch of interpretation from story to story a bit hard to follow. But overall, a lovely read, and it's proof of the author's skill that each one-page story managed to be so moving and beautifully written. I received this book as a free ARC via NetGalley. Sometimes profound, and sometimes scary, the short stories in this collection explore the idea of ghostliness in a range of interpretations. I found this perhaps best read in short bursts: I found the switch of interpretation from story to story a bit hard to follow. But overall, a lovely read, and it's proof of the author's skill that each one-page story managed to be so moving and beautifully written.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary Mithrilil

    The Ghost Variations: One hundred -Haunted- Stories A ghost story for every mood and every aspect of the afterlife. 👻 This book is really fun and whimsical. Some stories may lack some backbone while others stay with you long after the last page. Some of them introduce very touching and even haunting ideas, in their own way. My only minor edit would be that the book could be shorter without missing any of its overall value. I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review #TheG The Ghost Variations: One hundred -Haunted- Stories A ghost story for every mood and every aspect of the afterlife. 👻 This book is really fun and whimsical. Some stories may lack some backbone while others stay with you long after the last page. Some of them introduce very touching and even haunting ideas, in their own way. My only minor edit would be that the book could be shorter without missing any of its overall value. I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review #TheGhostVariations #NetGalley

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jade theelderbooks

    Beware, these ghost stories are REALLY short ! I dove in this book expecting spooky reads, chills going down my spine and so on ! In fact, it was a bit cleverer than that. We get stories about ghosts, and mostly about normal people who turned into ghosts, both physically or mentally. I thought it nice to explore all the aspects of how people can be ghosts, and what ghosts could actually do IRL, instead of just exploring the traditional representation of ghosts. Some stories were really deep and m Beware, these ghost stories are REALLY short ! I dove in this book expecting spooky reads, chills going down my spine and so on ! In fact, it was a bit cleverer than that. We get stories about ghosts, and mostly about normal people who turned into ghosts, both physically or mentally. I thought it nice to explore all the aspects of how people can be ghosts, and what ghosts could actually do IRL, instead of just exploring the traditional representation of ghosts. Some stories were really deep and meaningful, which I found impressing. However, since I expected a spooky book, I didn't connect much with the more philosophical stories. I must admit this isn't only due to the themes. It's also because the plots are so short ! Every story is less than 5 pages (on Kindle, I don't have the reference for the physical copies), which made me unable to engage emotionnaly with approximately 75% of them. Add to that the fact that I didn't understand all the stories and you get a quite confused Jade ! That being said, I thought the author's writing style was fabulous. I should probably look into his other works if he has any. Even though I couldn't connect with all stories, some of them were so well written I managed to dive in their little world within the 5 pages, which is pretty hard to do ! I also really liked the fact that the book and the stories are divided by theme. You get an "animals" theme, a "creepy" theme, etc. If there are some topics you don't like, you can skip them ! Every theme and story is detailed in an index at the end of the book, so it's really practical ! This could be a read for you if you don't want to engage in a big book, with a looooooooong plot. Here, everything is short and efficient. With so many differents themes in the book, you're bound to find something you like. There's something for everyone, and every taste !

  6. 4 out of 5

    Becky Spratford

    Review appears in the March 1, 2021 issue of Booklist and on the blog: https://raforall.blogspot.com/2021/03... 3 words: episodic, unease, thought provoking I enjoyed how he indexed and categorized the stories both in the ToC and at the end. It increased the cohesiveness of the volume and made for an extra layer of enjoyment after completion. Full range of "scares" too. And you aren't sure what the level of fear will be sometimes until the final line of the story. Review appears in the March 1, 2021 issue of Booklist and on the blog: https://raforall.blogspot.com/2021/03... 3 words: episodic, unease, thought provoking I enjoyed how he indexed and categorized the stories both in the ToC and at the end. It increased the cohesiveness of the volume and made for an extra layer of enjoyment after completion. Full range of "scares" too. And you aren't sure what the level of fear will be sometimes until the final line of the story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicki Markus

    The Ghost Variations was a fun, easy read. This collection features a wide range of story styles, from the humorous to the spooky, so there really is something for everyone. Naturally, certain tales appealed to me more than others, but overall I thought it was a cohesive selection and I liked the way the stories were grouped by theme. Definitely a great read for all the ghost fans out there, and a book that will entertain and make you think, rather than keep you up all night with the light on. I The Ghost Variations was a fun, easy read. This collection features a wide range of story styles, from the humorous to the spooky, so there really is something for everyone. Naturally, certain tales appealed to me more than others, but overall I thought it was a cohesive selection and I liked the way the stories were grouped by theme. Definitely a great read for all the ghost fans out there, and a book that will entertain and make you think, rather than keep you up all night with the light on. I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Blair

    I love the idea of The Ghost Variations. 100 super-short ghost stories, divided by theme: memory; fortune; nature; time; speculation; vision; other senses; belief; love and friendship; family; and words and numbers. I also love the cover. In practice, however, I rarely feel fulfilled by flash fictions. I think this is the kind of book it would be great to have a physical copy of, to dip in and out of, choosing a story at random whenever the mood takes you. But reading it cover-to-cover isn't for I love the idea of The Ghost Variations. 100 super-short ghost stories, divided by theme: memory; fortune; nature; time; speculation; vision; other senses; belief; love and friendship; family; and words and numbers. I also love the cover. In practice, however, I rarely feel fulfilled by flash fictions. I think this is the kind of book it would be great to have a physical copy of, to dip in and out of, choosing a story at random whenever the mood takes you. But reading it cover-to-cover isn't for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Drew

    A lovely collection of flash-length fictions about, well, ghosts. A hundred of 'em, to be exact. Split into sections and titled individually, the stories never go out of their way to surprise or shock -- instead, they sometimes hold a small smile, a little gasp, a knowing nod, and that's all. This is one of those books that I can imagine plucking down from my shelves with frequency as the years go by, reading a random ghost or three when the mood strikes. A delight, a simple delight. A lovely collection of flash-length fictions about, well, ghosts. A hundred of 'em, to be exact. Split into sections and titled individually, the stories never go out of their way to surprise or shock -- instead, they sometimes hold a small smile, a little gasp, a knowing nod, and that's all. This is one of those books that I can imagine plucking down from my shelves with frequency as the years go by, reading a random ghost or three when the mood strikes. A delight, a simple delight.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shreeya Sharma

    Some of the stories in this collection were really interesting and I enjoyed them thoroughly. But at the same time, some were really lack luster. Maybe it would have been a more captivating read had the collection been shorter.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joe Archer

    This was a disappointing read. I really enjoyed Brockmeier's previous work, The Brief History of the Dead, but where that was a haunting and contemplative meditation on death, this just felt silly. Some of the stories felt like they were meant for children, and the unpredictable shifts in tone were off-putting for me. I know Brockmeier is a brilliant writer, but check out his other novels. This was a disappointing read. I really enjoyed Brockmeier's previous work, The Brief History of the Dead, but where that was a haunting and contemplative meditation on death, this just felt silly. Some of the stories felt like they were meant for children, and the unpredictable shifts in tone were off-putting for me. I know Brockmeier is a brilliant writer, but check out his other novels.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Kevin Brockmeier is gifted, both with prose and a perspective I find fascinating. The range of ideas presented in these 100 stories is so broad, yet I found almost all of them extremely entertaining. Several of them left me staring at the final words in awe of just how thought-provoking such a short tale can be when executed by a master of the form. Some may wonder why it took me two months to read a book I enjoyed so much. The truth is, I only allowed myself a few stories at a time because I wa Kevin Brockmeier is gifted, both with prose and a perspective I find fascinating. The range of ideas presented in these 100 stories is so broad, yet I found almost all of them extremely entertaining. Several of them left me staring at the final words in awe of just how thought-provoking such a short tale can be when executed by a master of the form. Some may wonder why it took me two months to read a book I enjoyed so much. The truth is, I only allowed myself a few stories at a time because I wanted to make it last. I truly hope Brockmeier expands a few of these awesome ideas into full length stories, but even if that never happens I’m thrilled I got them in this form.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    First of all, Mr. Brockmeier's writing is gorgeous. What we have with The Ghost Variations are 100 very short stories (two to three pages each) that are both literary and about ghosts. It's nice to see two genres blend together--paranormal + literary. They are mainly sad, though, yet beautiful. Many of the living seek fulfilment they'll never find. Often, the ghosts seek the same things and never find what they're looking for. Why do we need stories of quiet desperation? The characters' longing m First of all, Mr. Brockmeier's writing is gorgeous. What we have with The Ghost Variations are 100 very short stories (two to three pages each) that are both literary and about ghosts. It's nice to see two genres blend together--paranormal + literary. They are mainly sad, though, yet beautiful. Many of the living seek fulfilment they'll never find. Often, the ghosts seek the same things and never find what they're looking for. Why do we need stories of quiet desperation? The characters' longing makes me want to get up and do something with my life before it's too late. All of the stories are highly imaginative. I feel like I'm a creative person, but while reading these 100 tales I so often thought, "How did he think of this?" For instance, in one story a man dies two ways at one time--he has a heart attack at the same time he's chomped by an alligator. He becomes two half ghosts instead of one whole ghost, both with different ideas of what to do in the afterlife. Almost all have some sort of surprise. By the way, even if the tales are sad and a little scary, the illustrations are darling. Thanks to Netgalley and Pantheon Books for a copy of this ebook in return for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather Miller -- Quaint and Curious Volumes

    “The ghost resided in a country full of clocks. Some of the clocks were trees, methodically adding rings to their trunks. Some of the clocks were breezes, marking a moment or two in the grass they ruffled or the curtains they churned. And some of the clocks were people, their hearts rhythmically pumping out the seconds. Behind the entire living world was the drum of time passing. Silently, from his gap in the air, the ghost listened as it rushed along.” {Story Twenty Eight: The Whirl of Time} ‘The “The ghost resided in a country full of clocks. Some of the clocks were trees, methodically adding rings to their trunks. Some of the clocks were breezes, marking a moment or two in the grass they ruffled or the curtains they churned. And some of the clocks were people, their hearts rhythmically pumping out the seconds. Behind the entire living world was the drum of time passing. Silently, from his gap in the air, the ghost listened as it rushed along.” {Story Twenty Eight: The Whirl of Time} ‘The Ghost Variations’ by Kevin Brockmeier consists of one hundred short ghost stories. But these are not your normal run of the mill ghost stories. Oh, a few of them are, but so many are just…more. The stories are divided into eleven sections: Ghosts and Memory Ghosts and Fortune Ghosts and Nature Ghosts and Time Ghosts and Speculation Ghosts and Vision Ghosts and Other Senses Ghosts and Belief Ghosts and Love and Friendship Ghosts and Family Ghosts and Words and Numbers There are a few vengeful ghosts here, but for the most parts the ghosts in these stories are sad, or confused, or occasionally quite happy to be ghosts. Some of the stories contain no actual ghosts at all, but the hauntings of memories, or regrets, or desires. Some ghosts are inhuman: the ghost of the trees cut down to build a house, the ghosts of a lifelong bachelor’s nightly self-pleasures, the ghosts of wishes. Some stories are funny, some are disturbing, many are thought provoking, none are truly frightening. After reading this I imagine to the author to be exceptionally intelligent, a deep thinker. These are intellectual ghost stories. And most of them are brilliant. ‘The Ghost Variations’ has had its original publication date pushed back to March of 2021, so it is still a little way off, but it’s available for preorder on Amazon and worth the wait. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Major. So fun. Overlong with occasional clunkers? Sure. (There's 100 stories!) But the hits-to-misses ratio on this one is pretty impressive. You definitely see the term "flash fiction" get thrown around with this one. I dunno... I don't love that term, as I associate it with a kind of sparsity and lack of depth and often a kind of self-imporant meta B.S., and that's not what these stories are. Yeah, they're short (like 1 to 2 pages each), but none of them feel like they were conceived in a flas Major. So fun. Overlong with occasional clunkers? Sure. (There's 100 stories!) But the hits-to-misses ratio on this one is pretty impressive. You definitely see the term "flash fiction" get thrown around with this one. I dunno... I don't love that term, as I associate it with a kind of sparsity and lack of depth and often a kind of self-imporant meta B.S., and that's not what these stories are. Yeah, they're short (like 1 to 2 pages each), but none of them feel like they were conceived in a flash. These are some pretty intricate, thoughtful constructions that you want to revisit and share for their artistry. There's an index at the back where the author gets pretty explicit in terms of what stories share which themes, and I couldn't quite make out if that was 100% serious or a bit of a joke, but either way, it wasn't a component I personally needed or loved. The stories spoke for themselves as well as for the "ghost" theme in all of its conceivable variations: ghost as disconnection, dislocation, prophecy, loss, deprevation, nostalgia, memory, you name it . There are so many concepts here that smack lightly of Amis, Vonnegut, Lethem, Vandermeer, etc, but also quite soundly do their own thing. Some of those I loved: the guy who ages equally/simultaneously into the future and the past, the heaven that exists 225 degrees south of everywhere, the girlfriend who makes good on her half-joking promise to haunt her ex-lover, the woman who ceaselessly haunts herself, the afterlife school for ghosting 101, and the possibly bitchy ghost who follows a woman throughout the days and the globe simply (or maybe sassily) noting "I like your shoes." Definitely a book you could easily read once a year and enjoy all over again.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    “The Ghost Variations One Hundred Stories” is exactly as advertised: One hundred truly short, usually 2–3-page, ghost stories. These are not scary ghost stories by any means. A few are a bit creepy, and several are ominous and unsettling, but nothing is truly terrifying. It is more existential dread and less slasher movie. The writing is stellar, and the stories are clever and thoughtful. Some are sad, some are comical, some are incomprehensible, but they all make you think even if it is just to “The Ghost Variations One Hundred Stories” is exactly as advertised: One hundred truly short, usually 2–3-page, ghost stories. These are not scary ghost stories by any means. A few are a bit creepy, and several are ominous and unsettling, but nothing is truly terrifying. It is more existential dread and less slasher movie. The writing is stellar, and the stories are clever and thoughtful. Some are sad, some are comical, some are incomprehensible, but they all make you think even if it is just to figure out what the underlying message was intended to be. Despite this being a short book, it felt like it took me forever to read. I found myself pausing and reflecting after each story. In some cases, I just couldn’t figure out the point. Maybe there wasn’t always one. Rather than chilling I thought these ghost stories to be almost comforting. There is little fear of ghosts or of dying. The afterlife isn’t always ideal but at least it usually exists. While you won’t find many chills or thrills here you will find plenty to think about, from the nature of life and death to the afterlife. There is a plethora of substance to chew on. If you want philosophy and deep thought this book will be right up your alley! Thank you to Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group and Pantheon or providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dan Trefethen

    Before there was flash fiction, there was something called the short-short. These were stories usually 500-1,000 words in length, and usually captured a 'slice of life', commenting on human nature or a funny moment. Kevin Brockmeier does something similar here, with precisely one hundred stories about ghosts. However, he defines 'ghost' rather loosely. A ghost could be human, animal, object, or just a feeling. His book is cleverly arranged into chapters of themes: Ghosts and Memory, Ghosts and Fo Before there was flash fiction, there was something called the short-short. These were stories usually 500-1,000 words in length, and usually captured a 'slice of life', commenting on human nature or a funny moment. Kevin Brockmeier does something similar here, with precisely one hundred stories about ghosts. However, he defines 'ghost' rather loosely. A ghost could be human, animal, object, or just a feeling. His book is cleverly arranged into chapters of themes: Ghosts and Memory, Ghosts and Fortune, Ghosts and Time, Ghosts and Words and Numbers, etc. When you write at such short lengths, every word must count. He is a careful writer and uses language effectively, sometimes for a humorous point, sometimes a poignant one. He also comes up with some pretty clever metaphors which I won't spoil here but will make you blink or laugh when you encounter them. These stories are perfect gems for reading in short doses: When you're standing in line at the grocery store, waiting for a bus, on hold with the government agency you have to deal with. They'll give you something to think about while you go about your quotidian duties, waiting for a finality that Brockmeier has thought about quite a bit.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    **I was provided an electronic ARC by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.** Kevin Brockmeier brings a plethora of ghost stories in the anthology The Ghost Variations. Brockmeier further divides the anthology into similar themes, which made for a pleasant reading experience. My issues with this book are very similar to my issues with just about every anthology; some stories you'll love, some you won't care about, and some you may actively dislike. All in all, that produc **I was provided an electronic ARC by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.** Kevin Brockmeier brings a plethora of ghost stories in the anthology The Ghost Variations. Brockmeier further divides the anthology into similar themes, which made for a pleasant reading experience. My issues with this book are very similar to my issues with just about every anthology; some stories you'll love, some you won't care about, and some you may actively dislike. All in all, that produces a middle ground feeling for the collection as a whole. I do like the way that Brockmeier split up the collection by theme, and do enjoy his writing style in general. My personal recommendation is for readers to enjoy this book a story or two at a time to allow the stories to have full impact. I actually read the book all the way through at once which led to an awkward muddle of stories which likely decreased my enjoyment in the end. I did enjoy the work overall, and would be interested in more works by this author.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeatherhane Reads

    I love inventive takes on the supernatural, especially when they are written so well. The author of Ghost Variations has thought a lot about what happens after we die. This book contains 100 postcard stories exploring different versions of what the afterlife might be like. The stories are tiny, but satisfying. I had to pause after each one to let the concept sit in my thoughts for a while. I am a fan of time travel, so I especially enjoyed the “Ghosts and Time” section, where we find one ghost c I love inventive takes on the supernatural, especially when they are written so well. The author of Ghost Variations has thought a lot about what happens after we die. This book contains 100 postcard stories exploring different versions of what the afterlife might be like. The stories are tiny, but satisfying. I had to pause after each one to let the concept sit in my thoughts for a while. I am a fan of time travel, so I especially enjoyed the “Ghosts and Time” section, where we find one ghost coming to terms with not yet having been born, another who seemingly ages a lifetime over the course of one day. Some of the ghosts in these stories are far from typical: “In April, the U.S. secretary of philology held a press conference to announce the discovery of a twenty-seventh letter, dead for some centuries, that had been haunting the alphabet at least since the time of Cervantes” This is a fun, thought-provoking book. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Donna Korn

    If short stories are meals, this collection offers tapas, 100 two pages or less tales. More often than not I felt like I was reading expositions on philosophy, theology, psychology and/or existentialism. The structure of the book is fascinating with the stories grouped into assigned categories such as Ghosts and Memory, Ghosts and Speculation, Ghosts and Love and Friendship. At the end of the book is a Concordance of Themes that lists each story and the thematic content touched upon in each, cer If short stories are meals, this collection offers tapas, 100 two pages or less tales. More often than not I felt like I was reading expositions on philosophy, theology, psychology and/or existentialism. The structure of the book is fascinating with the stories grouped into assigned categories such as Ghosts and Memory, Ghosts and Speculation, Ghosts and Love and Friendship. At the end of the book is a Concordance of Themes that lists each story and the thematic content touched upon in each, certainly unusual in a work of fiction. I was impressed by the erudite and sometimes humorous writing. There were at least six words I have never before encountered in my reading life. Actually, everything about this book was unusual in my reading experience, including the cover art, which is utterly charming and a key factor that attracted me to the book. In the end, I think I felt more educated than entertained.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Allyn

    3.5. This was mostly good, the format just wears on you long before you get to the end. Each story is not even two full pages, which makes for a quick read at first but eventually it’s all just too much the same, and I kind of zoned out for the last quarter or so. There are some standout stories though, such as “Milo Krain” “The Hitchhiker” “Mira Amsler” and “The Office of Hereafters and Dissolutions” which were all great in this absurd, Bugs Bunny kind of way, “Elephants” which made me cry, “Th 3.5. This was mostly good, the format just wears on you long before you get to the end. Each story is not even two full pages, which makes for a quick read at first but eventually it’s all just too much the same, and I kind of zoned out for the last quarter or so. There are some standout stories though, such as “Milo Krain” “The Hitchhiker” “Mira Amsler” and “The Office of Hereafters and Dissolutions” which were all great in this absurd, Bugs Bunny kind of way, “Elephants” which made me cry, “Things That Fall from the Sky” “Every House Every Fire Every Electrical Outlet” and “A Lifetime of Touch” were all a combination of beautiful and touching, and then “Thirteen Visitations” and “Passengers” were great ghost stories. There were also a lot of interesting concepts in many of the stories. Would’ve been a better, tighter collection if maybe the story length had varied a bit, and perhaps if there had only been 75 or maybe even just 50 stories.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Monika

    GHOSTS. What do ghosts really represent? Are they a form of afterlife? Are they part of nature? Or are they a “living” form like us; humans? The Ghost Variations by Kevin Brockmeir is a brilliant collection of stories that are equally thoughtful, exciting and chilling. They provide a new untouched version of afterlife!! This collection has 100 stories with concordance of themes from something as simple as colours to the wide unknown Cosmos. AMAZING is the one word I’d use to describe these stori GHOSTS. What do ghosts really represent? Are they a form of afterlife? Are they part of nature? Or are they a “living” form like us; humans? The Ghost Variations by Kevin Brockmeir is a brilliant collection of stories that are equally thoughtful, exciting and chilling. They provide a new untouched version of afterlife!! This collection has 100 stories with concordance of themes from something as simple as colours to the wide unknown Cosmos. AMAZING is the one word I’d use to describe these stories. I must be honest here, some stories were different and dense to understand, but overall it turns out that I really love literary + horror genre. I chose to voluntarily leave this review after reading the arc from Netgalley & Pantheon Books.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I have to say I was incredibly impressed by this collection. Short stories are hard enough to do well, and micro-fiction infinitely more so, but Brockmeier manages to present one hundred two-page stories where every single one was interesting to read. Every. Single. One manged to be a complete story in two pages or less. Given their length, I can't say that most of the stories were overly memorable, but Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I have to say I was incredibly impressed by this collection. Short stories are hard enough to do well, and micro-fiction infinitely more so, but Brockmeier manages to present one hundred two-page stories where every single one was interesting to read. Every. Single. One manged to be a complete story in two pages or less. Given their length, I can't say that most of the stories were overly memorable, but the pure fact that each one was so deeply distinctive that you never thought you were reading the same story twice easily showcases what a unique talent Kevin Brockmeier is. You won't read anything else like this all year.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Z

    I received an ARC of this from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm usually not a fan of short stories, I tend to stick to something that has a bit more substance that I can really have time to get into but some of these super short stories really resonated with me. Even though they were a page and a bit long, I'd say half of them, I really enjoyed. Each section is divided according to Ghosts and something else and my favourite section was Ghosts and Time. Some of the I received an ARC of this from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm usually not a fan of short stories, I tend to stick to something that has a bit more substance that I can really have time to get into but some of these super short stories really resonated with me. Even though they were a page and a bit long, I'd say half of them, I really enjoyed. Each section is divided according to Ghosts and something else and my favourite section was Ghosts and Time. Some of these stories I wish were longer. This was an easy, fun little read during October and I'd definitely read more novels by this author.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    100 lovely, literary ghost stories. From the humerous- ghost haunting games, to the sweet- a ghost husband communicates with his widow through scent, to the chilling- ghosts haunting the last man alive on Earth, eventually haunting all of space, and every combination in between. Each little story is compact but full to the brim with insight and the observation of humanity through a spectral lens. Brokmeier keeps the reader enchanted, and will leave them a little haunted (pun totally intended).

  26. 5 out of 5

    S

    This is a fun book with an interesting format. 100 shorts - quite an achievement. These are all like 2 pages long. It is hard to read just one, but easy to dip in and out of, which makes it a perfect travel companion. He has a certain perspective, definitely, but they are all different enough to be interesting. A few stretch the idea of being a "ghost story", but oh well! Not all of them are great, but there were so many good ones (I marked many for rereading). From sad to funny... not much scar This is a fun book with an interesting format. 100 shorts - quite an achievement. These are all like 2 pages long. It is hard to read just one, but easy to dip in and out of, which makes it a perfect travel companion. He has a certain perspective, definitely, but they are all different enough to be interesting. A few stretch the idea of being a "ghost story", but oh well! Not all of them are great, but there were so many good ones (I marked many for rereading). From sad to funny... not much scary! But lots of food for thought.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    I'm a big Brockmeier fan, but I was a little skeptical coming into this. I mean, 100 stories is a lot of stories, and they are all two pages or less. I love short stories, but I usually like to have some space in between reading them. That didn't work so well here, so I ended up reading 4 or 5 in a sitting, which worked well enough for me. The stories are filled with endless creativity and wonderful writing, but it is hard to single out any one story beyond the last few in the collection. I thin I'm a big Brockmeier fan, but I was a little skeptical coming into this. I mean, 100 stories is a lot of stories, and they are all two pages or less. I love short stories, but I usually like to have some space in between reading them. That didn't work so well here, so I ended up reading 4 or 5 in a sitting, which worked well enough for me. The stories are filled with endless creativity and wonderful writing, but it is hard to single out any one story beyond the last few in the collection. I think reading this again will definitely be in my future.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Daniella

    With so many stories within the book, there really is something for everyone. It was a very easy, enjoyable read. I like how the stories are sectioned and themed, so you could skip a story if it wasn't catching your interest. My only criticism would be that due to so many stories, it can feel that some of the stories aren't as chunky/in depth as they could be. I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. With so many stories within the book, there really is something for everyone. It was a very easy, enjoyable read. I like how the stories are sectioned and themed, so you could skip a story if it wasn't catching your interest. My only criticism would be that due to so many stories, it can feel that some of the stories aren't as chunky/in depth as they could be. I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Bossons

    NetGalley ARC These super short ghost stories are brilliant for reading in short bursts and during period of low concentration. The brevity of the stories allows ideas to be explored that might burst like a soap bubble in a longer narrative. The stories are in turn terrifying, heartwarming and perplexing (in a good way).. I'm halfway through and have not found a duff story. It is ideal for examining issues around death and the afterlife and I will definitely finish this NetGalley ARC These super short ghost stories are brilliant for reading in short bursts and during period of low concentration. The brevity of the stories allows ideas to be explored that might burst like a soap bubble in a longer narrative. The stories are in turn terrifying, heartwarming and perplexing (in a good way).. I'm halfway through and have not found a duff story. It is ideal for examining issues around death and the afterlife and I will definitely finish this

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I received an e-arc of this book through NetGalley. This book was an interesting approach to how normal people turn into ghosts, both mentally and physically. It was different from the usual representation of ghosts, which makes it stand out. I believe it is a book that is best read little by little. Some stories invite you to a more profound reflection. Having the stories divided by themes was also a very interesting choice.

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