Belly Up

Belly Up

Belly Up is a story collection that contains ghosts, mediums, a lover obsessed with the sound of harps tuning, teenage girls who believe they are actually plants, gulag prisoners who outsmart a terrible warden, and carnivorous churches. Throughout these grotesque and tender stories, characters question the bodies they've been given and what their bodies require to be susta Belly Up is a story collection that contains ghosts, mediums, a lover obsessed with the sound of harps tuning, teenage gi...

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Title:Belly Up
Author:Rita Bullwinkel
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:0998518433
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:192 pages pages

Belly Up Reviews

  • Will
    Mar 26, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

  • Caleb
    May 14, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    May 21, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

  • heidi
    Jun 08, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

    An incredibly eclectic collection of brilliant crafted stories. Bullwinkle's precise and elegant language create beautifully specific experiences despite the subject matter. The stories are charming, beguiling, unsettling, and enticing. A very diverse collection, and a wonderful editio...

    I?m glad I read this book, these stories. All a little disturbing but in a good way. Initially the short sentences seemed too stop and go for me, but then they evoked a mood of belief, of realness through the fiction. ...

  • Stella
    May 18, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

  • Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
    May 17, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

  • Autumn
    Aug 31, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

  • Alyson
    Mar 28, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

    An incredibly eclectic collection of brilliant crafted stories. Bullwinkle's precise and elegant language create beautifully specific experiences despite the subject matter. The stories are charming, beguiling, unsettling, and enticing. A very diverse collection, and a wonderful editio...

    I?m glad I read this book, these stories. All a little disturbing but in a good way. Initially the short sentences seemed too stop and go for me, but then they evoked a mood of belief, of realness through the fiction. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's prose is tragic and hilarious and utterly honest. This book will consume you as you're consuming each story, and all of the characters are consuming each other. No joke, this book is magic. It's Ouroboros. It will make you whole again. ...

    weird and glorious ...

    A beautiful, thought-provoking collection. Rita's writing is observant and hilarious, and I loved getting to see the worlds she created. ...

    It was just ok for me . ...

    These stories are unapologetic, fam. Mysterious, slippery, never dull ? Belly Up is an astonishing debut. ...

    So weird, frequently wonderful. Truly a strange object. ...

    Excellent book it holds your attention from the moment you pick it up. ...

    My favorites in the collection : "Phylum", "Arms Overhead", and "Hunker Down." ...

    ...

    ...

  • Drew
    Jun 01, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

  • Ashur
    Jul 10, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

    An incredibly eclectic collection of brilliant crafted stories. Bullwinkle's precise and elegant language create beautifully specific experiences despite the subject matter. The stories are charming, beguiling, unsettling, and enticing. A very diverse collection, and a wonderful editio...

    I?m glad I read this book, these stories. All a little disturbing but in a good way. Initially the short sentences seemed too stop and go for me, but then they evoked a mood of belief, of realness through the fiction. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's prose is tragic and hilarious and utterly honest. This book will consume you as you're consuming each story, and all of the characters are consuming each other. No joke, this book is magic. It's Ouroboros. It will make you whole again. ...

    weird and glorious ...

    A beautiful, thought-provoking collection. Rita's writing is observant and hilarious, and I loved getting to see the worlds she created. ...

    It was just ok for me . ...

    These stories are unapologetic, fam. Mysterious, slippery, never dull ? Belly Up is an astonishing debut. ...

    So weird, frequently wonderful. Truly a strange object. ...

    Excellent book it holds your attention from the moment you pick it up. ...

    My favorites in the collection : "Phylum", "Arms Overhead", and "Hunker Down." ...

    ...

    ...

    A snake who was a pear ...

  • Sarah
    Jul 09, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

  • Bandit
    May 10, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

  • Jason
    Jul 29, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

    An incredibly eclectic collection of brilliant crafted stories. Bullwinkle's precise and elegant language create beautifully specific experiences despite the subject matter. The stories are charming, beguiling, unsettling, and enticing. A very diverse collection, and a wonderful editio...

    I?m glad I read this book, these stories. All a little disturbing but in a good way. Initially the short sentences seemed too stop and go for me, but then they evoked a mood of belief, of realness through the fiction. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's prose is tragic and hilarious and utterly honest. This book will consume you as you're consuming each story, and all of the characters are consuming each other. No joke, this book is magic. It's Ouroboros. It will make you whole again. ...

  • Jamie Cattanach
    Jul 24, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

    An incredibly eclectic collection of brilliant crafted stories. Bullwinkle's precise and elegant language create beautifully specific experiences despite the subject matter. The stories are charming, beguiling, unsettling, and enticing. A very diverse collection, and a wonderful editio...

    I?m glad I read this book, these stories. All a little disturbing but in a good way. Initially the short sentences seemed too stop and go for me, but then they evoked a mood of belief, of realness through the fiction. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's prose is tragic and hilarious and utterly honest. This book will consume you as you're consuming each story, and all of the characters are consuming each other. No joke, this book is magic. It's Ouroboros. It will make you whole again. ...

    weird and glorious ...

    A beautiful, thought-provoking collection. Rita's writing is observant and hilarious, and I loved getting to see the worlds she created. ...

    It was just ok for me . ...

    These stories are unapologetic, fam. Mysterious, slippery, never dull ? Belly Up is an astonishing debut. ...

    So weird, frequently wonderful. Truly a strange object. ...

  • Patty Cottrell
    May 11, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

    An incredibly eclectic collection of brilliant crafted stories. Bullwinkle's precise and elegant language create beautifully specific experiences despite the subject matter. The stories are charming, beguiling, unsettling, and enticing. A very diverse collection, and a wonderful editio...

    I?m glad I read this book, these stories. All a little disturbing but in a good way. Initially the short sentences seemed too stop and go for me, but then they evoked a mood of belief, of realness through the fiction. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's prose is tragic and hilarious and utterly honest. This book will consume you as you're consuming each story, and all of the characters are consuming each other. No joke, this book is magic. It's Ouroboros. It will make you whole again. ...

    weird and glorious ...

    A beautiful, thought-provoking collection. Rita's writing is observant and hilarious, and I loved getting to see the worlds she created. ...

    It was just ok for me . ...

    These stories are unapologetic, fam. Mysterious, slippery, never dull ? Belly Up is an astonishing debut. ...

    So weird, frequently wonderful. Truly a strange object. ...

    Excellent book it holds your attention from the moment you pick it up. ...

    My favorites in the collection : "Phylum", "Arms Overhead", and "Hunker Down." ...

    ...

    ...

    A snake who was a pear ...

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  • Tarah
    May 30, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

    An incredibly eclectic collection of brilliant crafted stories. Bullwinkle's precise and elegant language create beautifully specific experiences despite the subject matter. The stories are charming, beguiling, unsettling, and enticing. A very diverse collection, and a wonderful editio...

    I?m glad I read this book, these stories. All a little disturbing but in a good way. Initially the short sentences seemed too stop and go for me, but then they evoked a mood of belief, of realness through the fiction. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's prose is tragic and hilarious and utterly honest. This book will consume you as you're consuming each story, and all of the characters are consuming each other. No joke, this book is magic. It's Ouroboros. It will make you whole again. ...

    weird and glorious ...

    A beautiful, thought-provoking collection. Rita's writing is observant and hilarious, and I loved getting to see the worlds she created. ...

  • Sofia
    Sep 06, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

    An incredibly eclectic collection of brilliant crafted stories. Bullwinkle's precise and elegant language create beautifully specific experiences despite the subject matter. The stories are charming, beguiling, unsettling, and enticing. A very diverse collection, and a wonderful editio...

  • Molly
    Apr 27, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

    An incredibly eclectic collection of brilliant crafted stories. Bullwinkle's precise and elegant language create beautifully specific experiences despite the subject matter. The stories are charming, beguiling, unsettling, and enticing. A very diverse collection, and a wonderful editio...

    I?m glad I read this book, these stories. All a little disturbing but in a good way. Initially the short sentences seemed too stop and go for me, but then they evoked a mood of belief, of realness through the fiction. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's prose is tragic and hilarious and utterly honest. This book will consume you as you're consuming each story, and all of the characters are consuming each other. No joke, this book is magic. It's Ouroboros. It will make you whole again. ...

    weird and glorious ...

    A beautiful, thought-provoking collection. Rita's writing is observant and hilarious, and I loved getting to see the worlds she created. ...

    It was just ok for me . ...

    These stories are unapologetic, fam. Mysterious, slippery, never dull ? Belly Up is an astonishing debut. ...

  • Sugarrr
    Jun 30, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

    An incredibly eclectic collection of brilliant crafted stories. Bullwinkle's precise and elegant language create beautifully specific experiences despite the subject matter. The stories are charming, beguiling, unsettling, and enticing. A very diverse collection, and a wonderful editio...

    I?m glad I read this book, these stories. All a little disturbing but in a good way. Initially the short sentences seemed too stop and go for me, but then they evoked a mood of belief, of realness through the fiction. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's prose is tragic and hilarious and utterly honest. This book will consume you as you're consuming each story, and all of the characters are consuming each other. No joke, this book is magic. It's Ouroboros. It will make you whole again. ...

    weird and glorious ...

    A beautiful, thought-provoking collection. Rita's writing is observant and hilarious, and I loved getting to see the worlds she created. ...

    It was just ok for me . ...

  • Verne Curley
    Jun 11, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

    An incredibly eclectic collection of brilliant crafted stories. Bullwinkle's precise and elegant language create beautifully specific experiences despite the subject matter. The stories are charming, beguiling, unsettling, and enticing. A very diverse collection, and a wonderful editio...

    I?m glad I read this book, these stories. All a little disturbing but in a good way. Initially the short sentences seemed too stop and go for me, but then they evoked a mood of belief, of realness through the fiction. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's prose is tragic and hilarious and utterly honest. This book will consume you as you're consuming each story, and all of the characters are consuming each other. No joke, this book is magic. It's Ouroboros. It will make you whole again. ...

    weird and glorious ...

    A beautiful, thought-provoking collection. Rita's writing is observant and hilarious, and I loved getting to see the worlds she created. ...

    It was just ok for me . ...

    These stories are unapologetic, fam. Mysterious, slippery, never dull ? Belly Up is an astonishing debut. ...

    So weird, frequently wonderful. Truly a strange object. ...

    Excellent book it holds your attention from the moment you pick it up. ...

  • Arianna Rebolini
    Mar 28, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

  • Jenna
    Jul 16, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

  • Johnny
    Jul 22, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

    An incredibly eclectic collection of brilliant crafted stories. Bullwinkle's precise and elegant language create beautifully specific experiences despite the subject matter. The stories are charming, beguiling, unsettling, and enticing. A very diverse collection, and a wonderful editio...

    I?m glad I read this book, these stories. All a little disturbing but in a good way. Initially the short sentences seemed too stop and go for me, but then they evoked a mood of belief, of realness through the fiction. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's prose is tragic and hilarious and utterly honest. This book will consume you as you're consuming each story, and all of the characters are consuming each other. No joke, this book is magic. It's Ouroboros. It will make you whole again. ...

    weird and glorious ...

    A beautiful, thought-provoking collection. Rita's writing is observant and hilarious, and I loved getting to see the worlds she created. ...

    It was just ok for me . ...

    These stories are unapologetic, fam. Mysterious, slippery, never dull ? Belly Up is an astonishing debut. ...

    So weird, frequently wonderful. Truly a strange object. ...

    Excellent book it holds your attention from the moment you pick it up. ...

    My favorites in the collection : "Phylum", "Arms Overhead", and "Hunker Down." ...

    ...

  • Clare
    Jul 02, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

    An incredibly eclectic collection of brilliant crafted stories. Bullwinkle's precise and elegant language create beautifully specific experiences despite the subject matter. The stories are charming, beguiling, unsettling, and enticing. A very diverse collection, and a wonderful editio...

    I?m glad I read this book, these stories. All a little disturbing but in a good way. Initially the short sentences seemed too stop and go for me, but then they evoked a mood of belief, of realness through the fiction. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's prose is tragic and hilarious and utterly honest. This book will consume you as you're consuming each story, and all of the characters are consuming each other. No joke, this book is magic. It's Ouroboros. It will make you whole again. ...

    weird and glorious ...

  • Jessica Klahr
    Jul 18, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

  • Brittany
    May 27, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

  • Marielle
    Jul 10, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

    An incredibly eclectic collection of brilliant crafted stories. Bullwinkle's precise and elegant language create beautifully specific experiences despite the subject matter. The stories are charming, beguiling, unsettling, and enticing. A very diverse collection, and a wonderful editio...

    I?m glad I read this book, these stories. All a little disturbing but in a good way. Initially the short sentences seemed too stop and go for me, but then they evoked a mood of belief, of realness through the fiction. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's prose is tragic and hilarious and utterly honest. This book will consume you as you're consuming each story, and all of the characters are consuming each other. No joke, this book is magic. It's Ouroboros. It will make you whole again. ...

    weird and glorious ...

    A beautiful, thought-provoking collection. Rita's writing is observant and hilarious, and I loved getting to see the worlds she created. ...

    It was just ok for me . ...

    These stories are unapologetic, fam. Mysterious, slippery, never dull ? Belly Up is an astonishing debut. ...

    So weird, frequently wonderful. Truly a strange object. ...

    Excellent book it holds your attention from the moment you pick it up. ...

    My favorites in the collection : "Phylum", "Arms Overhead", and "Hunker Down." ...

    ...

    ...

    A snake who was a pear ...

    ...

    ...

  • Rebecca Girimonte
    Jul 23, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

    An incredibly eclectic collection of brilliant crafted stories. Bullwinkle's precise and elegant language create beautifully specific experiences despite the subject matter. The stories are charming, beguiling, unsettling, and enticing. A very diverse collection, and a wonderful editio...

    I?m glad I read this book, these stories. All a little disturbing but in a good way. Initially the short sentences seemed too stop and go for me, but then they evoked a mood of belief, of realness through the fiction. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's prose is tragic and hilarious and utterly honest. This book will consume you as you're consuming each story, and all of the characters are consuming each other. No joke, this book is magic. It's Ouroboros. It will make you whole again. ...

    weird and glorious ...

    A beautiful, thought-provoking collection. Rita's writing is observant and hilarious, and I loved getting to see the worlds she created. ...

    It was just ok for me . ...

    These stories are unapologetic, fam. Mysterious, slippery, never dull ? Belly Up is an astonishing debut. ...

    So weird, frequently wonderful. Truly a strange object. ...

    Excellent book it holds your attention from the moment you pick it up. ...

    My favorites in the collection : "Phylum", "Arms Overhead", and "Hunker Down." ...

    ...

    ...

    A snake who was a pear ...

    ...

  • Ingrid Contreras
    Jun 02, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

  • Grace
    Sep 08, 2018

    ?Here, in this twenty-four-hour donut shop, things are shifting too. The teenagers are looking for things, but they?re not sure what. They have big fantasies that they think up together and a conception of the world that is wholly wrong, but shared, and that is what makes it real. ...

    Short story collections are such interesting beasts. This one no exception mostly evoked a mood, but a mood that?s difficult to describe, something from a melancholy branch. The stories are diverse, but uniformly share a narrative voice that is very much authentic to their author. An...

    I do this every time where I get so amped about the inability to obtain a book that I stop everything else once I do get my hands on it and I devour it in 48 hours like it may go away unexpectedly. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It?s pretty remarkable writing and eac...

    Fun. Quirky. Sort of magical. All about bodies, so in that way it has a similar feeling to Her Body and Other Parties but not as dark. ...

    A delightful debut collection, full of weird (or just slightly-off) stories that'll pique the interest of lovers of Kleeman, VanderMeer, van den Berg, Lorrie Moore, and more. Plus, if I can recommend: my fiancée and I read these aloud to one another as we traded off parts of a lon...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Things are so easy to ruin, I remember thinking. I remember thinking, why did I do that thing that I knew was going to have a bad ending?' This is a strange, unique story collection, but not so strange to be off-putting for some....

    This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I would call dark humor, were it not ...

    This was a really strange collection of stories and I?m honestly not sure how to review it. None of them were bad, but none of them really stuck with me after I finished reading them either. Most of these were exceptionally strange, which I usually enjoy, but for the most part they d...

    an astounding collection. reveals - by leading readers into something just past belief, something at times uncomfortable - the absolute absurdity and magnificence of existing. Bullwinkel has def joined my list of Favorite Authors ...

    Gloriously weird, sharply funny, and so smart. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's spectacular debut story collection, BELLY UP, probes the porous boundary between humans and their objects. This collection is intriguing, disturbing and undeniably funny. While reading, I was reminded of the time my father took me to see a cadaver. Like me, the body w...

    First things first: I received a copy of Belly Up by way of a Goodreads Giveaway. (Thanks to Jill at A Strange Object for the thoughtful note.) Bewitching. Bizarre. Quirky. Strange. Dark. Light. Surreal. Poetic. These are all words I could use to describe Rita Bullwinkel's debut sto...

    This collection was so wild and visceral and so so good. The level of strangeness reminded me of George Saunders' work, but the characters and locations and storylines were something all their own. I like how the experimented with structure and style and voice while also getting to hon...

    Short stories are brief moments. They are often described (and I've been guilty of this myself) as 'a slice of life.' The stories in Belly Up from Rita Bullwinkel are a slice of the weird and often sad parts of life. Each story is teetering on the edge - of sadness, of quirky, of s...

    An incredibly eclectic collection of brilliant crafted stories. Bullwinkle's precise and elegant language create beautifully specific experiences despite the subject matter. The stories are charming, beguiling, unsettling, and enticing. A very diverse collection, and a wonderful editio...

    I?m glad I read this book, these stories. All a little disturbing but in a good way. Initially the short sentences seemed too stop and go for me, but then they evoked a mood of belief, of realness through the fiction. ...

    Rita Bullwinkel's prose is tragic and hilarious and utterly honest. This book will consume you as you're consuming each story, and all of the characters are consuming each other. No joke, this book is magic. It's Ouroboros. It will make you whole again. ...

    weird and glorious ...

    A beautiful, thought-provoking collection. Rita's writing is observant and hilarious, and I loved getting to see the worlds she created. ...

    It was just ok for me . ...

    These stories are unapologetic, fam. Mysterious, slippery, never dull ? Belly Up is an astonishing debut. ...

    So weird, frequently wonderful. Truly a strange object. ...

    Excellent book it holds your attention from the moment you pick it up. ...

    My favorites in the collection : "Phylum", "Arms Overhead", and "Hunker Down." ...