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A talent for creating moving and poignant scenes following her highly imaginative plots to their logical ends and depicting how one small miracle can affect everyone in its wakeThe world by night Glass lung Logging lake Killer of kings All the names for God Robert Greenman and the mermaid Anything you might want Manus Pleiad. A difficult book to reviewI enjoyed three stories in the whole collection1 The World by Night The story takes place in a cave There is hope and hopelessness Beautifully written and shows how delicate human relationships are2 Robert Greenman and the Mermaid a fisherman who thought he was happy with life meets a mermaid Themes of happiness wonder death prey and predator relationships etc3 Anything You Might Want well written about futility of human relationships and the need to freedom from other peopleI found the following stories interesting for various reasons some for the plot some for the characters and some for the writing But I did not feel completely satisfied on reading themGlass Lung A man who inhales shards of glass and then accompanies his daughter and the man she fancies to Egypt on an archaeological excavation All the names they used for god Girls kidnapped by jihadists and how it damages them Killer of Kings angels being muses to artists Manus a futuristic world where alien like beings exist and humans have to give up their hands for metal appendages and be forked and Pleiades 7 sisters made scientifically by parents who are geneticists and the challenges they face There are a few other stories in the collection as wellMost stories were not memorable I love magical aspects in stories but they were either too subtle or not definitive enough for me At the end I always felt there was something missing Also I am unsure if there is a common theme that threads these stories together or they are individual ones meant to enjoyed one at a timeI d recommend the book for the writing because Sachdeva really knows her craft but not necessarily as a short story collection to enjoy That said I definitely think she is a writer to watch out for Blog Instagram Twitter Facebook

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All the Names They Used for God Stories

Ew Carnegie's steel mills is irrevocably changed by the brutal power of the furnaces; a fisherman sets sail into overfished waters and finds a secret obsession from which he can't return; an online date ends with a frightening inexplicable disappearance Her story Pleiades was called a masterpiece by Dave Eggers Sachdeva has. Wonder and terror meet at the horizon and we walk the knife edge between them These words end the introduction to this powerful haunting collection of short stories Sachdeva explains in her introduction that in old times people knew better than to trust their gods Gods enter these stories in unexpected sometimes wondrous and sometimes terrifying ways I put gods in uotations because what enters into these stories is never called god or what is expected of god but instead is a force a magical entity something otherworldly that is hard to put a name toSachdeva s stories take place in many locations around the globe and at many different time periods some past others present and one in a horrific dystopian future Sometimes this magical presence offers harm or mischief into the character s life and at other times it offers comfort but most often both occur Even when this magical entity is helping the characters out of a horrible situation there is a terrible flip side to it For example the young women kidnapped in Abuja are able to fool their captors by looking into their eyes and hypnotizing them They continue to use this skill in their lives as they evade not only their captors but to their advantage to steal from others And on a deeper level even though they have escaped their captors they can never return home as the innocent young girls they were They have irrevocably changed In another story a newly wed fisherman becomes enad of the mermaid he encounters off the coast of Newfoundland However as his enamorment of the mermaid grows the rest of the world fades in beauty and interest for him Now this mermaid is in love with a giant great white shark and sings to bring fish to the shark so he will be well fed and not wish to eat her This makes the fisherman extremely successful when fishing in these parts however there is an extremely disturbing development when tropical fish begin to fill their netsThese stories are deep and convoluted They force the reader to ponder serious uestions There are dark mysterious forces at work within these stories but such ethereal beauty as well I thought these stories were incredibly well conceived and executed There is something unnerving and unsettling about them that touches upon something real that is hard to put into words The title is so appropriate because there is so much we cannot uite perfectly describe but feel and many ascribe it to Gods or higher being I would highly recommend reading thisThank you to netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

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A haunting diverse debut story collection that explores the isolation we experience in the face of the mysterious often dangerous forces that shape our livesAnjali Sachdeva's debut collection spans centuries continents and a diverse set of characters but is united by each character's epic struggle with fate A workman in Andr. 35 When I am reading s book of short stories I usually jot down a few details about each story as a memory aid I do not however look at these notes unless I absolutely have to rather trying to see how much I remember just from the story titles A good way for me to gauge how memorable and note Worthy is each story After finishing this well written collection I am happy to say I remembered uite a fewThey run the gamut from the past to the future each one full of characters trying to escape their fate Nature science religion all themes represented Loved the first story The world by Night the character Sadie and her strange fascination with a cave Not sure I fully understood the end but loved getting there trying on my own interpretation Enjoyed Robert Greenman and the mermaid a mermaid story with a twist The title story is also memorable two young girls kidnapped by soldiers who discover they have a secret power that serves them years later My very favorite though was the last one Pleiades seven sisters who were born threw scientific experimentation and the tragedy that ensuesAll in all a marvelous and interesting collection of shortsARC from Edelweiss


10 thoughts on “All the Names They Used for God Stories

  1. says:

    What an outstanding short story collection I knew nothing about this book going in and was thrilled by each sto

  2. says:

    Over the past few months I've picked up a number of short story collections and this one happens to be one of the least memorable There are only nine stories in All the Names They Used for God but several made me think huh? and not a single one really stood out to me I can almost always pick out at least one or two gems in a collection but all left me fairly cold hereIt's somewhat odd that these stories were lumped together into a collecti

  3. says:

    35 When I am reading s book of short stories I usually jot down a few details about each story as a memory aid I do not however look at these notes unless I absolutely have to rather trying to see how much I remember just from the story titles A good way for me to gauge how memorable and note Worthy is each story After finishing thi

  4. says:

    Anjali Sachdeva has written a diverse compelling and strong debut collection of stories I can't think of any other collection I've read that is this eclectic—there are stories about genetically perfected septuplets a man with glass lungs John Milton writing his epic poem weird blobby aliens who take over earth and witchy women who put men under their spells It's bizarre and fun and emotional and uite wonder

  5. says:

    Let's just say I liked the book I liked a few of the stories a lot I thought others were meh In a book with only nine stories than one meh can diminish an overall rating First off I think Sachdeva is a fantastic writer Graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and has taught writing at several renowned universities and through

  6. says:

    Wonder and terror meet at the horizon and we walk the knife edge between them These words end the introduction to this powerful haunting collection of short stories  Sachdeva explains in her introduction that in old times people knew better than to trust their gods  Gods enter these stories in unexpected sometimes won

  7. says:

    A difficult book to reviewI enjoyed three stories in the whole collection1 The World by Night The story takes place in a cave There is hope and hopelessness Beautifully written and shows how delicate human relationships ar

  8. says:

    This has to be the best short story collection I have read There was just enough fantastical elements that it fel

  9. says:

    Release Date022018 All the Names They Used for God Anjali Sachdeva’s debut release is a stellar collection of short stories that explores the strangeness that is the human experience and our small stature in the vastness of the cosmos Rewards abound for the short story lover science gone awry in “Pleiades”; abandonment and love gone wrong in “Anything You Might Want”; man versus wild and the call of

  10. says:

    The stories set out in this collection are loosely connected by otherworldly moods inspired by bits of magic and soft dream filled prose The scenes visualized here range from a pioneer woman seeking adventure in underground caves fishermen bewitched by mermaids a future where aliens replace our hands with metal appendages an ode t

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