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by Michael Bishop,Bruce Holland Rogers

Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Sci-fi
Author: Michael Bishop,Bruce Holland Rogers
ISBN: 0975590375
ISBN13: 978-0975590379
Language: English
Publisher: Wheatland Press (November 1, 2005)
Pages: 256
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Bruce Holland Rogers has been writing fiction full-time since 1991. The Keyhole Opera is an excellent example of what that discipline can produce

Bruce Holland Rogers has been writing fiction full-time since 1991. The Keyhole Opera is an excellent example of what that discipline can produce. It's not an art at which I excel; it's not an art at which many excel. It requires a knowledge of the essentials, but more: an instinct for the impact of words, individual and together; a talent for precision; the ability to cut, cut, cut and, in doing so, to gain through distillation.

Bruce Holland Rogers has been writing fiction full-time since 1991. His works range from literary and experimental to SF, fantasy, and mystery, and many of the stories in The Keyhole Opera began as subscription stories and went on to be published in magazines and anthologies. Stores ▾. Audible Barnes & Noble Walmart eBooks Apple Books Google Play Abebooks Book Depository Alibris Indigo Better World Books IndieBound. Paperback, 256 pages.

Bruce Holland Rogers, the author of The Keyhole Opera (a title deriving from Kate Wilhelm’s provocative observation about the contents of an earlier Rogers collection, Flaming Arrows, . that the short-short story offers a glimpse through a keyhole ), well, Bruce believes that although he groks the game I play in my Overture, which follows, an uninitiated reader may. require a primer to get up to speed and to play along.

Bruce Holland Rogers. Symmetrinas Something Like the Sound of the Wind in Trees 1. White noise I’m not sure. Maybe it was the sound of sand hissing against the windowpane. Maybe it was tires on a wet road. the sound of paper tearing. Maybe it was the sound of water almost boiling. It might have been a distant river or the sound you hear in a seashell or a jar: the sound of space contained. 2. When the Phone Rings at Three in the Morning You wake up with your heart hammering away, but your jaw and tongue are still numb with sleep. You say hello, but there’s nothing there.

Whatever else it is, The Keyhole Opera is the most intelligently structured book I've read in the last year. It's divided into five sections, prefaced with an introduction by Michael Bishop that perhaps explains rather too much about Rogers's concerns and methods and so should be saved till last.

Bruce Holland Rogers is an American author of short fiction who also writes under the pseudonym Hanovi Braddock. His stories have won a Pushcart Prize, two Nebula Awards, the Bram Stoker Award, two World Fantasy Awards, the Micro Award, and have been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award and Spain's Premio Ignotus. The 2001 short film The Other Side, directed by Mary Stuart Masterson, was based on his novelette, "Lifeboat on a Burning Sea". Read books for free from anywhere and from any device. Thirteen Ways to Water. Bruce Holland Rogers. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading.

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Bruce Holland Rogers has been writing fiction full-time since 1991. His works range from literary and experimental to SF, fantasy, and mystery, and many of the stories in The Keyhole Opera began as subscription stories and went on to be published in magazines and anthologies.
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Opilar
I will say, up front, that I am a huge fan of the author's prose. It steps gracefully between and among genres, defying the usual dreary and artificial cages of literary classifications. Fantasy? Yep, there's some of that. Horror? Now and then. So-called "literary" fiction? Yes, but not in the pretentious sense. Overall, I consider Bruce Holland Rogers a damned good writer, so good that his stories seem almost effortless. And yet he writes with a discipline that would shame a monk.

The Keyhole Opera is an excellent example of what that discipline can produce. I've edited a "flash fiction" magazine for years (Vestal Review), and I am in awe of writers who can create a full-blown story in 500 words (our maximum) or less. It's not an art at which I excel; it's not an art at which many excel. It requires a knowledge of the essentials, but more: an instinct for the impact of words, individual and together; a talent for precision; the ability to cut, cut, cut and, in doing so, to gain through distillation. A decent "flash" story has all this; a superb "flash" story has all this, plus a compelling plot and interesting characters. Bruce Holland Rogers can do it all, and wrap the whole package in whimsy. The stories in this book--even the shortest of them--are written with a deft touch that permits them to hang out in the reader's brain long after the reading.

The Keyhole Opera has one of the most apt book titles of the age. Each story in it is a piece of life glimpsed through a keyhole; and yet, each stolen glance tells a larger story, with a plot and characters, because of the skill with which its brevity is wrought. The stories are typical Rogers--meaning they're pretty much all over the lot in genre, seem deceptively simple in execution, and are spiced with subtle humor--and they range from fairy tales and fantasy (the most famous of which might be "The Dead Boy at your Window"), small parables and slightly longer and more traditional tales (my favorite, "As Far East," falls into this category), to "symmetrinas," a form that Rogers invented that strings theme-related stories with a pattern of rigid word counts into a symmetrical chain (the 11 short-shorts in "Dead White Guys" set the talents and personalities of famous US historical figures in modern times). Most of the stories have been published in literary magazines; many have won awards.

Rogers takes chances here and there--playing with narrative point of view, inventing and re-inventing folk tales (one ends before the standard payoff, leaving the reader to fill in the cliched blanks), blending personal disaster in a culinary recipe (all in a very short and complete story, the wryly hilarious "Lydia's Orange Bread")--as he does in all his books. Most of the time, I believe, the adventure pays off. A very entertaining book, worth its five stars.

Susan O'Neill, author, Don't Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Viet Nam
Zainian
As one of the original clients of Rogers' shortshort subscription service, I've given his stories to friends and colleagues many, many times over the years. So I was happy to see Keyhole Opera in print--it's much easier to wrap for birthdays and Christmas.

With his stories collected here between two covers, Rogers' mastery of the short form becomes clear. He crosses genres and story structures with ease. And yet, whether contemporary fiction, fantasy, or fable, each piece provides the satisfaction of completeness--sometimes in as few as 69 words. And even the most poigant tale in the collection has a hopeful quality. For that reason, I put Keyhole Opera in my oncology waiting room to deliver a small dose of optimism to patients while they wait for their next radiation treatment.

I keep my copy handy for a booster between my email story deliveries.
Anaragelv
I am not one to post a review, but I must say this fellow's work is most addictive. It is thoughtful and quite brilliant! I find myself scratching my head and thinking about what I have read hours after I have finished reading.
MisterQweene
Bruce Holland Rogers is a true Master of the short-short story. Read and enjoy.
romrom
These are very brief stories, elegantly written, well-turned, but they tend towards the pretentious, the oracular and pseudo-profound. Not difficult to parody, thus: "Once there was a very clever writer who stared into a mirror and saw his other self. And his other self, his eyes glittering with reflected glory, said to him: 'your words have the simplicity of a sparkling stream and the depth of an eternal ocean. You need only say a few words and you can cast a magic spell of admiration over your besotted readers. At any rate, your American ones." And so on...
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