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Read Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu
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A book full of great, weird, often supernatural-angled short stories: A teen grows Hermes-esque wings from her ankles; a simulation service offers augmented dream-like hallucinations (but there’s a catch: you can’t spend time with dead people that you knew); a body-printing machine makes death not only temporary, but attractive in a way. Fu’s prose is clear and wise even on heavy subjects—I highlighted a section of “The Doll” when the narrator contrasts his lack of experience with tragedy (as “a boy to whom nothing bad had happened, all suffering unreal as comic book gore”) with that of a friend (“a child to whom many bad things had happened, who relished any story where he was not the victim”). —Rich Juzwiack

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