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The Secret Society of Demolition Writers [Kindle Edition]

Aimee Bender , Benjamin Cheever , Michael Connelly , Sebastian Junger , Marc Parent

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What would you write if no one knew who you were?

In the spirit of the demolition derby, where drivers take heedless risks with reckless abandon, welcome to the first convocation of the Secret Society of Demolition Writers. Here is a one-of-a-kind collection by famous authors writing anonymously–and dangerously. With the usual concerns about reputations and renown cast aside, these twelve daredevils have each contributed an extreme, no-holds-barred unsigned story, each shining as brightly and urgently as hazard lights.

Unconventional and unapologetic, this publishing equivalent of a whodunit features an eclectic group of fictional characters, including a delusional schizophrenic narrator, an egg donor with second thoughts about her decision, a pharmacist who forms a weird crush on a woman who beat both of her parents to death, and a little girl who understands that an old safe is the threshold to another, ghostly, world. Equally diverse and surprising are the authors themselves: Aimee Bender, Benjamin Cheever, Michael Connelly, Sebastian Junger, Elizabeth McCracken, Rosie O’Donnell, Chris Offutt, Anna Quindlen, John Burnham Schwartz, Alice Sebold, Lauren Slater, and Marc Parent, the editor of the collection. Never before has such a wide-ranging and talented group of authors been assembled to such explosive and entertaining effect.

The Secret Society of Demolition Writers is an intriguing puzzle in itself, but it’s also an important addition to the careers of some of our finest storytellers–even if we never really know who wrote what. Its boundary-smashing fiction offers exhilarating proof that for an artist, withholding your identity can mean gaining your freedom.

From the Hardcover edition.


Short stories capture the lives of such offbeat characters as a delusional schizophrenic, an egg donor with second thoughts, and a young girl who discovers a portal to another, ghostly world.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 384 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 268 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1400062640
  • Verlag: Random House (18. Dezember 2007)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000XUAE1M
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5.0 von 5 Sternen We wined, dined and discussed. 27. August 2005
Von Esme - Veröffentlicht auf
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My book club recently had the pleasure of discussing this fabulous collection of short stories edited by writer, Marc Parent. When he presented such famous writers as Anna Quindlen, Sebastian Junger, Aimee Bender and others with the opportunity to write anonomously and "dangerously" they jumped at the opportunity. We not only enjoyed reading and discussing the intriguing and sometimes odd stories; we also took great pleasure in being detectives by trying to figure out who wrote what. It gave us twice the enjoyment for our money. I would highly recommend this for indivivual enrichment or book club discussion.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting Concept but a Lot of Very Average Stories Within 27. Mai 2007
Von James N Simpson - Veröffentlicht auf
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Marc Parent has edited a collection that is an interesting and unique concept where authors have presented stories to be published that are not in their usual style. So as to avoid public expectations and criticism from hard core fans who are only satisfied with reading more or less the same thing over and over again they have kept their anonymity by not saying which of them wrote which story. Criticism of authors not producing the same old same old certainly does happen. Just read some of the tunnel vision reviews from some Harlan Coben fans of a non Myron Bolitair novels, Alex Cross fans of James Patterson novels, Dr Alan Gregory fans of Stephen White novels and even one of the authors in this collection Michael Connelly when he writes something that doesn't have Harry Bosch is often heavily criticised. So you can understand why being able to submit work in this format of the Secret Society of Demolition Writers would appeal so much to authors.

The problem for Marc Parent is that other than Connelly, Parent has really struggled to come up with anyone else that the casual reader is likely to have come across before, so therefore the whole purpose of the book really means nothing. Also the quality of some of these stories is pretty poor with not really anything happening in a few of stories meaning it is more likely some authors have just submitted work that was rejected by their publishers or they would be ashamed to put their name on. The other problem relates to the good stories like The Safe Man and Good Sport. You have no way of knowing who the author was to check out and enjoy more of their work in the future.

Overall this is a very average collection with only a few good stories. The concept is great and should be tried again, but you need more famous authors and you still need to stick to the traditional editing concept of the rejection of average stories.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen What a waste! 14. Juli 2010
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The authors were very wise to retain their anonymity. This at least leaves some room for speculation about the specific parentage of the worst stories - in a body of work that was bad to mediocre at best. The concept may have sounded great - but the end result was a total disappointment at every level.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen the secret society of demolition writers 3. November 2006
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I was dissappointed. Many of the stories were based around sexually explicit themes. I was looking for something more imaginative than that from these authors.
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