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Logorrhea : good words make good stories

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Logorrhe
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Call Number  FICTION Logorrhe
"Delightful . . . A treat for dictionary hounds and vocabulary-challenged word lovers everywhere."-- Booklist

For most of us, these prizewinning spelling bee words would be difficult to pronounce, let alone spell. We asked twenty-one of today's most talented and inventive writers to go even further and pen an original tale inspired by one of dozens of obscure and fascinating championship words. The result is Logorrhea --a veritable dictionary of the weird, the fantastic, the haunting, and the indefinable that will have you spellbound from the very first page.

Including twenty-one stories and the inscrutable words that inspired them:

Chiaroscuro: "The Chiaroscurist" by Hal Duncan
Lyceum: "Lyceum" by Liz Williams
Vivisepulture: "Vivisepulture" by David Prill
Eczema: "Eczema" by Clare Dudman
Sacrilege, Semaphore: "Semaphore" by Alex Irvine
Smaragdine: "The Smaragdine Knot" by Marly Youmans
Insouciant: "A Portrait in Ivory" by Michael Moorcock
Cambist: "The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics" by Daniel Abraham
Logorrhea: "Logorrhea" by Michelle Richmond
Pococurante: "Pococurante" by Anna Tambour
Autochthonous: "From Around Here" by Tim Pratt
Vignette: "Vignette" by Elizabeth Hand
Sycophant: "Plight of the Sycophant" by Alan DeNiro
Elegiacal: "The Last Elegy" by Matthew Cheney
Eudaemonic: "Eudaemonic" by Jay Caselberg
Macerate: "Softer" by Paolo Bacigalupi
Transept: "Crossing the Seven" by Jay Lake
Psoriasis: "Tsuris" by Leslie What
Euonym: "The Euonymist" by Neil Williamson
Dulcimer: "Singing of Mount Abora" by Theodora Goss
Appoggiatura: "Appoggiatura" by Jeff VanderMeer

"This book is a logophile's dream--a left-field collection of stories inspired by winning words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Anyone who has ever spent an hour or two happily browsing the pages of a dictionary will find something to love here."--Kevin Brockmeier, author of A Brief History of the Dead
Chiaroscurist / Hal Duncan
Lyceum / Liz Williams
Vivisepulture / David Prill
Eczema / Clare Dudman
Semaphore / Alex Irvine
Smaragdine knot / Marly Youmans
Portrait in ivory / Michael Moorcock
Cambist and Lord Iron: A fairy tale of economics / Daniel Abraham
Logorrhea / Michelle Richmond
Pococurante / Anna Tambour
From around here / Tim Pratt
Vignette / Elizabeth Hand
Plight of the sycophant / Alan DeNiro
Last elegy / Matthew Cheney
Eudaemonic / Jay Caselberg
Softer / Paolo Bacigalupi
Crossing the seven / Jay Lake
Tsuris / Leslie What
Euonymist / Neil Williamson
Singing of Mount Abora / Theodora Goss
Appoggiatura / Jeff VanderMeer.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Capitalizing on the current spelling-bee craze, this anthology presents commissions inspired by winning words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee, thereby providing those unfamiliar with either spellings or definitions of the likes of vivisepulture, insouciant, and eudaemonic delightful opportunities to learn them. Librarian and sf zine editor Klima has corraled 21 authors, speculative-fiction luminaries ranging from Liz Williams and Michael Moorcock to Elizabeth Hand and Jay Lake. In the opening tale, The Chiaroscurist, a painter specializing in the interplay of light and shadow shoulders an unexpected burden when he hires a gnome to model God's likeness for a planned fresco. Logorrhea explores the unusual relationship between a woman afflicted with compulsive verbosity and a man whose lizardlike exterior brings out her listening talents. Other entries revolve around the skin conditions eczema and psoriasis, recount the fate of a foreign-exchange expert, or cambist, and more. A treat for dictionary hounds and vocabulary-challenged word lovers everywhere. --Carl Hays Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Short stories, American.
American fiction -- 21st century.
Publisher New York :Bantam Books,2007
Contributors Klima, John, 1971-
Language English
Description x, 433 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780553384338 (trade pbk.)
0553384333 (trade pbk.)
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