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51 review for The Nightmare Filled You with Scary

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sabra Embury

    Animals and people repeat suicide with ropes and knives to avoid dying at the hands of Avery--a dreamworld asshole. Cats fall on everything but their feet. Wrists are slit. Then the motorcycles charge.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    The only way to wake up from the nightmare is to commit suicide... This is a fantastic little read. I couldn't stop reading it once I picked it up. Fast paced and interesting. I would recommend this book to those who are looking for something different. The only way to wake up from the nightmare is to commit suicide... This is a fantastic little read. I couldn't stop reading it once I picked it up. Fast paced and interesting. I would recommend this book to those who are looking for something different.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Trinity Ota

    Filled with an assortment of poems, fables and short tales, 'A Cake Appeared' is a wonderous anthology of all things Shane Jones. Notably, I found 'The Nightmare Filled You With Scary' and 'Stan' to be ingenious ideas and creations. The writing style offers up these concepts in a manner that never forces you to see what Jones sees; rather, we may lead ourselves in imagination to their fruition. Filled with an assortment of poems, fables and short tales, 'A Cake Appeared' is a wonderous anthology of all things Shane Jones. Notably, I found 'The Nightmare Filled You With Scary' and 'Stan' to be ingenious ideas and creations. The writing style offers up these concepts in a manner that never forces you to see what Jones sees; rather, we may lead ourselves in imagination to their fruition.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ben Niespodziany

    Hard to track this one down but definitely worth the search. Fables and prose poems dance with fairy tales and mythologies for a magical(ly dark) experience. I'll be saddened when I have to return this book back to the library, now that my head is an axe. Hard to track this one down but definitely worth the search. Fables and prose poems dance with fairy tales and mythologies for a magical(ly dark) experience. I'll be saddened when I have to return this book back to the library, now that my head is an axe.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kat Dixon

    When I'm left with an empty house for more than 24 hours, something strange happens. I clean. I pour myself a stiff drink. And suddenly - like magic - a cake appears in my oven, and I am alerted to its arrival by a sweetly obnoxious buzzing of the sinuses. The same strange something happens to Shane Jones, I now know, only minus the alcoholic housewifery. A Cake Appeared, which too mysteriously appeared in my oven, explores the nature and function of folktale in a postmodern world - that is to say When I'm left with an empty house for more than 24 hours, something strange happens. I clean. I pour myself a stiff drink. And suddenly - like magic - a cake appears in my oven, and I am alerted to its arrival by a sweetly obnoxious buzzing of the sinuses. The same strange something happens to Shane Jones, I now know, only minus the alcoholic housewifery. A Cake Appeared, which too mysteriously appeared in my oven, explores the nature and function of folktale in a postmodern world - that is to say one without the necessity of the origin. Where appearance is part and parcel of reality. Things happen - or don't happen - in brief episodes of pure creative bliss. And somehow, like magic, it works. It works because Shane Jones says that it will. And Shane Jones is somehow channeling (through an oven, no doubt) the spirit of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, which makes each of his poems if not out and out terrifying, then certainly Scary dressed up as adorable good fun. The boyish double-spacing, with the aesthetic sophistication of a handwriting primer, smartly taunts the reader with the present possibility of absence -- just what is each poem not saying? -- and the poignant suggestion of flaw in the seemingly harmless bedtime stories that shape us. There is, a la Blake, a noticeable shift in the pillowing narratives offered on the sly through the guise of rollicking poetry. (See Innocence: I brought my pet dinosaur to the zoo once and introduced him to the gorillas. I heard him whisper this is my pet human and when I turned from the gorilla cages I saw all the people in the zoo were ash colored. ) (See Experience: I promise to myself each year that I will set the trees on fire. I have imagined what burning trees would like like through the blue stained kitchen windows. I can see the leaves as ghosts burning and flying and curling through the air. And each year I find myself in bed like all the rest of you, small and sweater clad. ) This split is walled off by the long-stand-alone-(available-from-Cannibal-Books)-poem The Nightmare Filled You With Scary, which is heart-wrenchingly sad and laughably clever all at once (another mystery). Before TNFYWC, the appearances are restricted to cakes: Happy birthday, said the artist. Everyone forgot about the dead bird. The fiddlers danced in front of the fireplace. A cake appeared. Post TNFYWC, the appearances are less delicous: I walked into the bedroom and a cage was on the bed. Not a small cage, like a bird cage, but a big cage, like a gorilla cage. I yelled for you and you came running into the bedroom holding a pint of blueberries. "Where did you get that?" you said. I walked around the bed, inspecting the cage. "I didn't get it," I said. "It just appeared." Need I bring up the Blake allusions yet again? All in all, A Cake Appeared is a tasty treat, doused with a bit of the uncanny and baked with love at 9000 degrees of stifling truth. Buy it, really. Or else Shane Jones and I will eat you with our Sunday tea.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    From publisher (3.5 stars - strongly recommended for readers familiar with genre) Now this is how you write unconventional short stories! Shane Jones blew me away with his novel Light Boxes, in which the month of February refused to release the townspeople from it's cold clutches. In A Cake Appeared, - a collection of poems, fables, and scrolls - we get a larger sample of the type of writing Shane is capable of. Twisted and dark, silly and strange, we discover the man with the ax for a nose, the nig From publisher (3.5 stars - strongly recommended for readers familiar with genre) Now this is how you write unconventional short stories! Shane Jones blew me away with his novel Light Boxes, in which the month of February refused to release the townspeople from it's cold clutches. In A Cake Appeared, - a collection of poems, fables, and scrolls - we get a larger sample of the type of writing Shane is capable of. Twisted and dark, silly and strange, we discover the man with the ax for a nose, the nightmares that cause townfolk to kill themselves, a man and woman who build chimneys around themselves.... it's all so bizarre, and yet, at the same time, quite believable. Here is a sample of what this collection contains: "I promise to myself each year that I will set the trees on fire. I have imagines what burning trees would look like through the blue stained kitchen windows. I can see the leaves as ghosts burning and flying and curling through the air. And each year I find myself in bed like all the rest of you, small and sweater clad." - pg.72 This collection is perfect for readers who like their short stories with a splash of imagination!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jim Ivy

    I think I went from really liking Shane Jones' books to being a fan of his work with this book. Colorful and original imagination; sometimes naive, sometimes bold, but always unique. I do feel his writing may not be for everyone, and that's okay. All I got to say is it may take a little effort to find a copy of A Cake Appeared but in my opinion, it's well worth it. I think I went from really liking Shane Jones' books to being a fan of his work with this book. Colorful and original imagination; sometimes naive, sometimes bold, but always unique. I do feel his writing may not be for everyone, and that's okay. All I got to say is it may take a little effort to find a copy of A Cake Appeared but in my opinion, it's well worth it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    glad i got to read this. reminded me of timmy's book in a way. glad i got to read this. reminded me of timmy's book in a way.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Half Scaryyyyyy also Ambulance!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Oe Nj

  11. 4 out of 5

    William Akin

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  13. 4 out of 5

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  14. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  15. 4 out of 5

    D.J. Berndt

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rowland

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

  19. 5 out of 5

    B-alt Library

  20. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Williams

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jaiden Wafflers

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather Schmidt

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    Merzbau

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

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    Eric Beeny

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    Jen Knox

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    Ika

  48. 5 out of 5

    Julie Dill

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    Val Killpack

  51. 5 out of 5

    Christine Wilcox

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