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!Download Book ☨ Secret Lives ☺ In this new collection by World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer, the secret lives of librarians, doctors, lawyers, university students, bank tellers, sex shop clerks and dozens of others are revealed for the first time Ordered by profession, these short short stories range from the hilarious to the somber, the absurd to the revelatory Using real people as the springboard, VanderMeer has created a rich blend of the factual and the imaginary in which everyone gets the secret life they deserve A luminous little book meant for dipping into one secret life at a time This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here My Favorites Bob Sheffel, Lynn Minneman, Rajan Khanna, Constantine Markopoulos andThe Secret Like of Jennifer SeauxJennifer Seaux is an orchid grower and a retired ad executive For a long time, those in surveillance who read her private journal on a regular basis thought her secret life was hearing the voices of her orchids According to these journal entries, the voices manifested as a burbling murmur, an aristocratic mumble, a slight drunken slur while she misted them I like the idea of My Favorites Bob Sheffel, Lynn Minneman, Rajan Khanna, Constantine Markopoulos andThe Secret Like of Jennifer SeauxJennifer Seaux is an orchid grower and a retired ad executive For a long time, those in surveillance who read her private journal on a regular basis thought her secret life was hearing the voices of her orchids According to these journal entries, the voices manifested as a burbling murmur, an aristocratic mumble, a slight drunken slur while she misted them I like the idea of the orchids having voices I like the idea of hearing them, she wrote But, later, when the voices became distinct and clear, she realized they weren t the voices of the plants at all they were the voices of the employees she worked with, or the voices of actors who performed in radio and television advertisements It made her wonder if she d really retired after all It made the tenor of her journal entries change, the frequency of her entriesintermittent Soon, it became clear to those in surveillance that Seaux was writing a book But what kind of book A subversive book A book that ought to be suppressed Or something harmless As day followed day, the cover of Seaux s journal began to gather dust Instead, she spent hours at the computer, typing madly About the voices of flowers About the voices of advertising executives About people she imagined might be watching her About something fresh and green struggling to reach the air through deep, fertile soil Soon, those in surveillance lost their interest Seaux was writing a novel They had no interest in novels In time, they dismantled the hidden camera and audio feeds They stopped taking photographs of the outside of her home They moved on to the next case You could say that Seaux had written them out of her life As for Seaux s novel, you may wonder what happened to it Without surveillance we cannot be sure of anything, but you may be reading part of it right now Mi ha fatto molto piacere leggere finalmente qualcosa di Jeff VanDerMeer, che di recente seguo anche suo blog, Estatic Days.Il libro una raccolta delle vite segrete di una serie di pi o meno originali personaggi, alcuni legati tra loro, accomunati tutti dal possedere appunto una vita segreta, ovvero una passione, un attivit , un hobby che coltivano con entusiasmo e in segreto, all insaputa di tutti coloro che li circondano.Questa mondo alternativo in cui si muovono sempre un qualcosa di fan Mi ha fatto molto piacere leggere finalmente qualcosa di Jeff VanDerMeer, che di recente seguo anche suo blog, Estatic Days.Il libro una raccolta delle vite segrete di una serie di pi o meno originali personaggi, alcuni legati tra loro, accomunati tutti dal possedere appunto una vita segreta, ovvero una passione, un attivit , un hobby che coltivano con entusiasmo e in segreto, all insaputa di tutti coloro che li circondano.Questa mondo alternativo in cui si muovono sempre un qualcosa di fantastico, stravagante, assolutamente fuori dall ordinario, estroso, ricco di sorprese e curiosit.Tutti i brevi racconti traboccano di immaginazione e meraviglia, ricordano il lato fanciullesco che alcune persone non vogliono perdere del tutto, ritenendolo un valore la voglia di scoprire ci che sta al di l dell abitudine e che soggiace sotto il velo del reale, del visibile, di coltivare il lato magico dell esistenza.Alcuni protagonisti sono assolutamente folli, bizzarri le storie conquistano e non si riesce a fermare la lettura, avvinti in un universi paralleli a volte pi realistici, altre soprattutto fantastici, ma sempre avventurosi e stupefacenti, traboccanti di genialit e stranezze.Se la vita segreta di ciascuno riconducibile alla voglia di andare oltre la realt , di non cedere al grigiore dell esistenza ma coglierne i lati straordinari e magici, dedicarsi a loro con fervore in un cantuccio tutto per s , in cui poter essere pianamente se stessi e senza le maschere che il comportamento sociale impone, personalmente ho attribuito un altra lettura possibile il fatto che spesso ci accontentiamo di conoscere le persone, anche quelle pi vicine, soltanto parzialmente, senza impegno a scoprire i risvolti pi reconditi del loro animo, che potrebbero celare mondi incantati che varrebbe la pena di conoscere e condividere.Piacevolessimo, divertente, appassionante, una lettura da non perdere Dreamlikeor nightmarish Potato, potahto. This is a quick read, with most stories less than 1 page in length There are a couple longer ones, some of which appear in other Jeff VanderMeer collections The stories are quirky, with a few being pretty sedate, but others definitely show a surprising amount of creativity considering their source I greatly enjoyed Rick and Peggy s story, and the loosely connected Flensing Hlanith and James Patterson stories, but my favorite is Rajan Khanna s secret life, which feels like the base for a novel This is a quick read, with most stories less than 1 page in length There are a couple longer ones, some of which appear in other Jeff VanderMeer collections The stories are quirky, with a few being pretty sedate, but others definitely show a surprising amount of creativity considering their source I greatly enjoyed Rick and Peggy s story, and the loosely connected Flensing Hlanith and James Patterson stories, but my favorite is Rajan Khanna s secret life, which feels like the base for a novel but works very well on its own as well I went in with very little in the way of expectations, but was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable these bite size morsels of Jeff VanderMeer s quirky mind were I d definitely recommend fans of his track it down, and those who just want to see what can be done with what amounts to variations on a story starter concept may also appreciate it I m fairly split about this book somewhere between 2 and 4 stars, though in the end I opted for the lower rating since it did not engage me as much as I expected.The author presents several short narrative stories that give us insight into other peoples secret lives These range from normal a rare book detective to supernatural finding paths between worlds Most of them are only a few pages long and are written as a third person description of the selected individual.A few of them left m I m fairly split about this book somewhere between 2 and 4 stars, though in the end I opted for the lower rating since it did not engage me as much as I expected.The author presents several short narrative stories that give us insight into other peoples secret lives These range from normal a rare book detective to supernatural finding paths between worlds Most of them are only a few pages long and are written as a third person description of the selected individual.A few of them left me wanting fordetails what happened to the character after attaining his goal A few give a nice feeling of closure The rest fall somewhere in between An interesting, brief read, but not something special A fun, relatively short piece of fiction surrounding actual people This is a bit of a writing exercise of sorts, where VanderMeer essentially discusses the secret lives of the people mentioned within It s all very silly and fun, and that s all you can ask for If there s any downside, it s that 120 pages of it can be a bit much and the longer piece at the end, while interesting, doesn t quite fit in , but as something I jumped in and out of repeatedly over the course of a few days, it was A fun, relatively short piece of fiction surrounding actual people This is a bit of a writing exercise of sorts, where VanderMeer essentially discusses the secret lives of the people mentioned within It s all very silly and fun, and that s all you can ask for If there s any downside, it s that 120 pages of it can be a bit much and the longer piece at the end, while interesting, doesn t quite fit in , but as something I jumped in and out of repeatedly over the course of a few days, it was definitely worth it These are tiny little stories where the author takes a real person and then tells what their secret life is Vandermeer keeps up the creativity for most of the book He kind of changes the rules at the end and writer a few longer stories that don t exactly fit with the others, though they are still great stories This is close to being a perfect little book. What if you receive a stamp from an unknown land, or if you could understand every dust whisper paying the right attention, or if you had an invisible friend that doesn t speak so much I ve been fascinated by these little precious lives VanDerMeer describes in this book so common existences, so unpredictable secrets to discover. Not to be confused with another VanderMeer work called Secret Life, Secret Lives contains short glimpses into the hidden lives of seemingly ordinary folk Often beautiful, twisted, hilarious, all of these secret lives are full of wonder A real pleasure