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Demons in the Spring | [Joe Meno]

Demons in the Spring

Demons in the Spring is a collection of 20 short stories by Joe Meno, author of the smash hits The Boy Detective Fails and Hairstyles of the Damned. In these stories, oddly modern moments occur in the most familiar of public places.
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Demons in the Spring is a collection of 20 short stories by Joe Meno, author of the smash hits The Boy Detective Fails and Hairstyles of the Damned.

In these stories, oddly modern moments occur in the most familiar of public places, from offices to airports to schools to zoos to emergency rooms: a young girl refuses to go anywhere unless she's dressed as a ghost; a bank robbery in Stockholm goes terribly wrong; a teacher becomes enamored with the students in his school's Model United Nations club; a couple is affected by a strange malady - a miniature city which has begun to develop in the young woman's chest.

These inventive stories are hilarious, heartbreaking, and unusual. While many of them have never been previously published, others have been featured in the likes of LIT, Other Voices, Swink, TriQuarterly, and McSweeney's.

©2008 Joe Meno; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The power is in the writing. Mr. Meno is a superb craftsman." (Hubert Selby, Jr.)
"Eclectic, funny, constantly surprising - these are the things a short story collection should be allowed to be....a rich, unforgettable stew of a book." (Dave Eggers)
"This short story collection succeeds word to word, sentence to sentence, and cover to cover." (Publishers Weekly)
"Narrator Victor Bevine tackles these stimulating stories head on, displaying his range as he brings an avant-garde cast of characters to life and makes each as relatable and true-to-form as the last. Not one for over-the-top theatrics, Bevine relies upon his bass voice to make listeners laugh, cry, and, most importantly, scream." (AudioFile)

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    Chris Richmond, VA, USA 08-27-08
    Chris Richmond, VA, USA 08-27-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Weird...very weird!"

    I bought this based on curiocity alone. Lots of these stories, folks, are just plane weird. I do have to agree with a few of the other reviews...some of the stories end without resolution, but maybe it's one of those deals where it's up to you to make up the ending? I don't know. What I do know is this guy Joe Meno is definitely inventive. A woman who turns into a cloud several times a day? A miniture city grows inside a woman's chest???? A girl who refuses to go anywhere unless she's dressed up like a ghost? they're entertaining to be sure, some of this stuff really is inventive, that's for sure. I just don't know if I would recommend it to anyone who isn't used to these kinds of stories. I must admit that even I'm still shaking my head here.Let's just say, I think this guy was smoking the good stuff, or the bad stuff, depending on your point of view while writing these. If you're really curious check it out. But be warned you're in for something incredibly weird.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diana - Audible Oradell, NJ, United States 04-16-12
    Diana - Audible Oradell, NJ, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2005

    "Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket

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    "Not my cup of tea"

    I tried - I really tried to like this book, especially since it came recommended by a good friend. But as many other reviewers are pointing out, you either love this collection or you 'don't get it'. I fall into the latter camp on this one, and while I think Bevine's performance is fine, it seemed to me like the stories were weird for the sake of being weird, and I just couldn't get into this one.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kirby Nunda, NY, United States 06-18-10
    Kirby Nunda, NY, United States 06-18-10 Member Since 2009
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    "My New Favorite Writer"

    I loved this book. I loved all of these stories. So funny. So clever. Even the sad stories left me smiling because they're so well written. The narrator is perfect too, what a bonus. I couldn't recommend it with more enthusiasm.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    10-29-08
    10-29-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyed it."

    Quirky and unique. A few of the stories, although good, weren't my "cup of tea" but that was more than made up for by the others that I have since gone back and listened to repeatedly. Good narration, too. All in all, well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Battery Point, TAS, Australia 05-14-10
    Chris Battery Point, TAS, Australia 05-14-10
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    "Maybe not for everyone, but perfect for me."

    I bought this Audiobook on a whim. One of those whims that I was sure to end in disappointment.

    To my surprise and pleasure, I was incredibly wrong.

    Joe Meno's stories opened me up to new ideas of what storytelling can be. His stories are like dreams - they are illogical and strange. But if you have the courage to alter your suspension of disbelief, you'll find that they begin to make sense in a beautiful, symbolic way.

    I love these stories with a passion. Obviously, they don't appeal to some people. So, if you are the type that always wants logic and predictability, maybe you should pass these stories up.

    But, if you like to be surprised; if you like to be challenged; if you like storytelling that breaks the rules, then DEMONS IN THE SPRING might be perfect for you, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Los gatos, CA, USA 08-10-08
    Lisa Los gatos, CA, USA 08-10-08 Member Since 2007

    As an artist I find Audio books to be a great way to mulit-task!

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    "Not My Kind of Read"

    Big disappointment. Try as I may to grasp what was being read I could not. As soon as one story got the least bit interesting it was over and another one dragged its way into my mind. I could never connect with any of the characters. I wish there was some way to get a refund. Note to self never buy a book that has not been thoroughly reviewed!

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    daniel Hamlin, WV, United States 07-02-13
    daniel Hamlin, WV, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2010

    I am a D-Bag.

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    "bad title good storys"

    Dont get if you are excepting horror story's. This a collection of odd story's like kafka. Pretty decent.

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    Kenneth Newport Beach, CA, USA 08-21-08
    Kenneth Newport Beach, CA, USA 08-21-08
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    "Never buy a book based on the hype"

    After the first 4 stories, I am done with it. There is nothing offered other than fractious, ordinary moments in the lives of boring people. The stories end without any attempt to either make a point or offer a conclusion.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Brooklyn, NY, USA 12-05-08
    Jason Brooklyn, NY, USA 12-05-08 Member Since 2006
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    "quirky but blah"

    These short stories are a little quirky, but only occasionally compelling enough to not make you want to "spin the iPod roulette wheel" and forward to the next story. They seem more like sketches from an MFA creative writing class than short story narratives.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen USA 11-11-08
    Eileen USA 11-11-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Some good stories, but not great as a whole"

    This book started out well for me - I loved the first story and found the narration to be very good. However, as the book progressed, I couldn't get interested in the stories and found the narration to be difficult to listen to. (Especially when he attempted female voices.) I really can't recommend this as a great listen.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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