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The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares by Joyce Carol Oates

bigbookgeek's review

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4.0

Somehow, I have made it this far in life without reading much of Joyce Carol Oats' work! I have read an occasional short story in collections, but that's it. This was such a good collection of shorts that I will now definitely seek out more of her work. Chilling, creepy, and very real, she really knows how to keep readers on the edge of our seats!

georgiaand's review

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adventurous challenging dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? N/A
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

magicofthepages's review

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challenging dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.5

grimondgalgmod's review

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dark sad tense slow-paced

2.0

freyaa_p's review against another edition

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dark mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix

3.25

another_dahlia's review

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dark
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

1.75


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ljjohnson8's review

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3.0

There's something about Oates' writing style that just mesmerizes me. When I read her, I walk aroung my real life with her book playing in my head. But that feeling, while wonderful, is what caused my problem with this book - it doesn't translate well to short stories. They were never long enough for me to fully be carried away...

That said, this was great. The stories were creepy and unsettling in a way that only Oates can manage. I couldn't put it down and it only doesn't rate a much higher rating from me because of the above and the fact that I've never been a short story person.

laurelinwonder's review

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5.0

The title piece had me alternately tearful and holding my breath. As usual Oates gift for the macabre and making the everyday and not so every day uncomfortable was beyond satisfying in this collection of short stories. I have yet to be let down by her austere and honest way of looking at humanity. Well worth the read.

greyhart's review

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1.0

Unfulfilling and sleep-inducing

abiveeke's review

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challenging dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated

3.5