Cassingle: Five Stories

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MoxieMezcal
MoxieMezcal (7 books)
Tue, 26 Jan 2010 06:54:26 +0100

Jim writes the kind of stories that sneak up on you. Unassuming at first, they don't fire out of the gate with a lot of fanfare and bluster. They are simple stories, elegantly told, that stay with you long after you've put them down. My personal favorite is "July 4: Easter", which deftly manages to weave together issues of love, relationship power dynamics, guilt, vindictiveness, tradition, and ceremony.


ddethomas
ddethomas
Tue, 17 Nov 2009 21:51:09 +0100

The Guest and Nose make me very happy, as do all of Jim's stories. His economy and never-absent wit make the arrival of one of his tales the cause of much celebration. I shall be lugging out the old boom box and popping in this cassingle to listen to the new ones all over again. That's how these e-reader things work, right?


roryrabbitfield
roryrabbitfield
Mon, 16 Nov 2009 03:55:42 +0100

Finally, more short stories by Jim Hanas! I've been waiting since "single" for more fiction by this original writer. I loved "Miss Tennessee", the way the characters related to each other through their dog, in a way that was funny, weird and sad. I have tonight's homeowork all cut out for me now. Can't wait to read this new release.


biscuits333
biscuits333
Mon, 16 Nov 2009 03:04:55 +0100

Cassingle pulled me in from the first story: The Guest. A visit with people I almost know, just next door to where I now live. It left me wondering what Jim Hanas will think up next. I can't wait to find out.


jenniferdt
jenniferdt
Sun, 15 Nov 2009 00:42:53 +0100

Cassingle provides what I rarely find in fiction, true reserve. Jim Hanas pulls off what most authors don't have the nerve to do, he allows the reader to feel "out of place in a strange land...in which they were expected to appear entirely at home—an effect they accomplished by ignoring their instincts altogether." These stories demand a reconciliation to the feeling that our work-a-day lives often feel strange, we don't have all the information, we don't know the back story, we don't know… (more)