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International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Longlist
Orion Book Award Finalist
O, The Oprah Magazine “Title to Pick Up Now”
BuzzFeed “Book To Dive Into”
Brooklyn Book Festival “Most Impressive Debut Novelist”
Kenyon Review “Holiday Reading Recommendation”
Publishers Weekly “First Fiction” & “Book of the Week” selection
Library Journal “Top Indie Fiction” selection

“This environmental fable—as if Where the Wild Things Are had been written by Rachel Carson—is a lyrical field guide . . . as well as a commentary on extinction and being alive.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“Muir astounded this reader. Liltingly physical, metaphorically sound, elusively knowing, her language is paint and clay and vibration.” —International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Longlist citation, Hartford Public Library

“[An] imaginative menagerie comes to life in [Muir’s] novel Invisible Beasts.” —Sentinel-Tribune

“Wonderful and unusual.” —Orion Magazine

“Vividly portrayed.” —Locus

“A wild and woolly hybrid that refreshingly defies classification. . . . Compelling throughout . . . it’s the literary lovechild of Lewis Carroll and Rachel Carson filtered through the lens of zoology’s godfather, Darwin himself.” —Bostonia

“An imaginative, delightful field guide to animals that seem to be visible to only a few people—including amateur naturalist and narrator Sophie. As her detailed descriptions of the fantastic creatures unfold, Sophie reveals a bit about human nature.” —Stanford Magazine

“At once a celebration of the power of imagination and a requiem for the species we’re losing every day. Both moving and often surprisingly funny, it’s a seductive work of speculative naturalism that has its hands in the dirt and its head in the clouds.” —Kenyon Review

“Brilliant. . . . With a light, witty, but heartwrenching touch, without preaching or hectoring in any form, Muir reveals, through the stories of her magnificent, funny, endearing invisible animals and their perils and extinctions, the anthropocentric obtuseness and mindless, casual as well as purposeful devastation of the environment and the mass slaughter of life forms, including ourselves, that puts all of us—animals, vegetables, and minerals—in dire peril.” —Women’s Review of Books

“Sensitive and elegant . . . funny and tender. . . . Beasts, a category used here in all its expansiveness, includes everything from the human to the microbe. This book is a wondrous testament to those relationships, interdependencies, and affinities. Invisible Beasts makes the bestiary a document of profoundly human dimensions, and offers to all readers, whether devotees of science or of fantasy, very real pleasures.” —io9

“An absolute delight. . . . This smart, whimsical novel takes readers not only into a world of ‘invisible beasts’ but into the mind of a charmingly quirky character.” —EcoLit Books

“An erudite guidebook to the ‘animals’ that walk unseen among us.” —LitReactor

“Full of language that is at once passionate and precise, flowery and full of information, [Invisible Beasts] is bursting at the seams with a strange duality, a dizzying mash-up of romanticism and science.” —Collagist

“Lines blur between the human and animal worlds in this richly detailed debut. . . . In Sophie’s struggles to find her footing in a world only she and a few others can see, Muir expertly pinpoints the frailty of the human condition. This is an amazing feat of imagination.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Playfully and thoughtfully underlines the pain and loss of extinction . . . combin[ing] fact and imagination in 20 fables narrated by an amateur naturalist. . . . A marvelous capsule of natural history . . . not to mention crackling suspense.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The various fantastical beings presented here are described in careful scientific detail with results that are weird, whimsical, and somewhat unsettling. Like very fractured Just So Stories.” —Library Journal

Invisible Beasts is a strange and beautiful meditation on love and seeing, a hybrid of fantasy and field guide, novel and essay, treatise and fable. With one hand it offers a sad commentary on environmental degradation, while with the other it presents a bright, whimsical, and funny exploration of what it means to be human. It’s wonderfully written, crazily imagined, and absolutely original.” —ANTHONY DOERR, author of All the Light We Cannot See and The Shell Collector

“In this twenty-first century, there’s no one like Sharona Muir who can write, in bright accurate language, animals real or imaginary in an updated bestiary that riffs on evolution, extinction, and what it means to be human among other species. We need this view, and you’ll be right there with her on every page of Invisible Beasts.” —JOHN FELSTINER, author of Can Poetry Save the Earth?: A Field Guide to Nature Poems

Invisible Beasts is a delightful and stunning feat of environmental imagination, endlessly enjoyable and fascinating. With the deep inventiveness of Ursula Le Guin and the quirky vitality of Annie Dillard, Sharona Muir seduces us into a cautionary world full of creatures, at once fanciful and utterly convincing, who hold unexpected lessons for ourselves.” —ROBERT FINCH, author of A Cape Cod Notebook and co-editor of The Norton Book of Nature Writing

“Many writers are inspired by symbiology—the interdependence of nature, culture, and technology—but Muir’s intelligence and breadth of knowledge are exceptional. You could not find a better little book of ethics, politics, and ecology for our time.” —REGENIA GAGNIER, author of The Insatiability of Human Wants and Individualism, Decadence and Globalization

“If you’ve lost your capacity to wonder at the myriad forms of life swarming, burrowing, swooping, and gamboling around you—and inside you—then look no further. Equal parts science and imagination, Invisible Beasts takes us on a journey to another world that turns out to be our world, as if seen and experienced for the first time. If you’re interested in what it means to be alive, and share life, then read this book.” —CARY WOLFE, author of Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame and What is Posthumanism?

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Sharona Muir is the author of "The Book of Telling: Tracing the Secrets of My Father's Lives, " a collection of poetry, a collection of literary criticism, and the novel "Invisible Beasts" (forthcoming from Bellevue Literary Press in 2014). Her writing has appeared in "Granta, Orion" magazine, "Virginia Quarterly Review, Paris Review, " and elsewhere, and she is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University; two Ohio Arts Council Fellowships; the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Fellowship; the Bernard F. Connors Prize, and other awards. She is currently Professor of Creative Writing and English at Bowling Green State University.


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HASH(0x8b6f46d8) von 5 Sternen An enjoyable collection of imaginary animals 9. Juli 2014
Von David D. Katzman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
<i>Invisible Beasts</i> is a love affair with the natural world. A beautifully written experimental book that catalogs exactly what the title states..."Invisible beasts." This unusual book is not plot driven; in fact, there is only the barest of plots sketched in a few sections of the book. A couple modest relationships are indicated between the central character, Sophie, and others, primarily her sister. I yearned for more story between them because their relationship had so much charm to it. That being said, this just isn't that kind of book. It's a character study, a look at Sophia's feelings about life and what she learns from the natural world, blended with a remarkably believable guide to imaginary (and literally invisible) animals.

If you have ever enjoyed reading animal encyclopedias or naturist guides as a child, then you will surely love this. And even for those who don't have particular intimacy with those forms, <i>Invisible Beasts</i> brings forward some wonderfully poetic writing. Muir provides us a highly imaginative account of invented creatures from the perspective of one who loves and romanticizes the natural world. Sophie is Greek for wisdom, and although she is a bit naive and innocent, Sophie also represents the wisdom of protecting our endangered environment and the creatures that inhabit it. The animals presented, despite being both fictional and invisible, are portrayed with plausible scientific attributes...if invisibility were possible. And even more interesting, the character Sophie reflects how the behaviors and qualities of these animals teaches us something about human nature. We are after all animals, too.

As a metaphor, the idea that animal species are invisible to us is quite apropos. Animals do not appear in our GDP equations. Our interactions with them are relatively modest compared to our ancestors. They have little effect on public policy and as far as corporations go they are either objectified as food, used for testing, or ignored. But all these things will come back to bite us. <i>Invisible Beasts</i> is a cry for greater attention to be brought to the natural world as it is, although not a depressing one. In fact, it's downright lighthearted at points. But without a doubt, Muir expresses a clear passion for preserving wildlife through her character.

The near poetic writing does sustain this book, and it moves quickly, but I do feel it is a bit long for the nature of it. The 19 animals are each interesting in their own way, but given the book as a whole lacks forward momentum, they work better as short "stories" than as a novel. I'm all for new forms of books; I quite enjoy authors who break ground and do original work. But that work still needs to be engaged with by the reader. I think there is a great deal of enjoyment that can be gained from this book, but it might be better read in short chunks between other books. The kind of book you might pick up occasionally, read a story, and then put back down until it calls you again.

To give you a taste of the animals featured, here is a partial list:
The Couch Conch
The Pluricorn
Truth Bats
The Antarctic Glass Kraken
The Spiders of Theodora
Beanie Sharks
The Hypnogator
Fine-Print Rotifers

Overall, an interesting work with a great message worth considering.

Note: I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer Program.
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HASH(0x8bcdc090) von 5 Sternen Uniquely Brave and Soft 11. August 2014
Von Jessica - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Invisible Beasts is a sacred journey beyond that which we think we know. Muir offers gentle challenges to our blind-spots and disciplines through a world that both encourages the microscopic and lifts beyond collective imagination. Muir's writing style emotes art and conversation. Rarely in recent publishing have I run across an entire book whereby a random sentence can be extracted from the text and have the ability to stand alone as art, as completion, as a signpost to that which is. Such is this provocative yet fantastical book. See how Muir paints here:

“Now that I saw, I was still a fool, thoroughly a fool – the sort you find in the Tarot deck, a vagabond in cap and bells who strides along blindfolded, without stumbling, because he see through the eyes of the happy dog bounding by his side.”

Snippets only scratch the surface, but some sort of divinity delivers sight beyond that which is normally seen in the natural world:

“...I see, as if I had startled it into being, a plane of green glittering moving leftward like a perturbed school of fish in the clearest of waters. I walk where those newly falling leaves drift by, and have to make up my mind whether a russet flutter in the grass in a monarch butterfly or a dead leaf – the last of its season, or the first?”

I recommend a cup a tea, a quiet nest, and an agenda-free calendar to gently and purposely read each of Muir's delightful offerings. Watch for the truth stingers as they grow hungry at the end of each chapter.
HASH(0x8bccef3c) von 5 Sternen Beautifully written 15. August 2014
Von Camellia - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Sharona Muir can paint pictures with her words. "Invisible Beasts" is a series of short stories written by a fictional character named Sophie, a naturalist. In each chapter, Sophie describes and tells of her experience with selected "invisible" organisms or beasts. Her descriptions of their origins were so convincing and the images so stunningly drawn, I had to keep reminding myself these creatures were completely imaginary. Each chapter could be a stand alone story, but it's more fun if you read them as one. Muir writes intellectually but with such humor, beautiful language and about universal experiences, that she proves herself to be an observer of nature and of human nature.
HASH(0x8b90dc30) von 5 Sternen ... a bit to get into her perspective and style--I enjoyed the book more and more as I read through ... 2. Januar 2015
Von tall red - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
It took me a bit to get into her perspective and style--I enjoyed the book more and more as I read through it. Mostly very clever fantasies but a few chapters that don't resonate as much. If you like sci-fi, Harry Potter or similar works, you will smile and enjoy it.
HASH(0x8b68eabc) von 5 Sternen THE UNSEEN ECOSYSTEM 15. Oktober 2014
Von SIGMUND BLACK - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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even if the mother of the author didn't live in my apartment complex, I still think its a very well written and gives insight to a world living things that are unseen, yet they make up our ecosystems.
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