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Cameron Pierce writes in a way that really hits me in the marrow. He prose here is beautiful. There is not a wasted word. Maybe my memory is faulty. Relate to. And that the execution with which he paints these worlds feels, at least to me, like breathing clean air. Read it. View all 6 comments. Oct 22, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: short-stories. Cameron Pierce has carved out an award-winning niche for himself as one of the premier authors of bizarro fiction, his talent recognized by the likes of Lloyd Kaufman and Piers Anthony.

As an editor and publisher, however, he has explored all sorts of dark and darkly humorous genre, and in his latest collection of short stories, he gives readers a taste of just how versatile and masterful his prose can be. Though each story stands alone, several of them are knitted together by the appearance of an unsettlingly humanoid fish with the gift of speech and an inscrutable purpose. The collection begins with an eponymous piece in which a man and his wheelchair-ridden grandmother go for one last tragic fishing trip together.

It was at this point that I began to see the piscine humanoid killer as a symbol for the dark, unknowable depths of the human psyche, which occasionally spill beyond their margins to flood our lives with despair. They work well as inexplicably horrifying monsters, also. Someone make this into a movie, stat. The collection closes with the heart-wrenching and possibly autobiographical?

Overall, Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon uses the tropes of weird, bizarro and horror fiction to dig deep into the wrongs we do each other, no matter how deep our love might go. I suspect that Pierce has written his most personal work to date; his dedicating the book to his parents adds nuances to the stories that a reader cannot help notice and identify with. So grab your rod and pull up a lawn chair. Cameron Pierce wants to take you fishing.

Oct 21, Jeremy Maddux rated it it was amazing. From cover to cover, I was shown frayed relationships based around food court etiquette, arguments over action figures and who used up the last of the toilet paper in a post-apocalyptic setting. This all sounds so farcical on its face, but I assure you, the underlying tone was a bittersweet one.

Cameron's stories have always read to me like tales of remorse underneath the absurdity, the plainview ruminations, the horrifying transformations and ever shifting alliances as his protagonists and sometimes antagonists try to keep up in a world where nothing is ever really nailed down, but everything is pried loose. After I had exhausted reading Pierce's entire bibliography, there were frequent whispers of an ongoing project related to his passion for fishing. There was even some speculation on my end that perhaps it was a memoir of sorts, or nonfiction collection. I had no idea what to expect, but another early reader suggested to me that it may be Pierce's answer to Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan, a noted influence on his work to begin with.

My fears of this being straight nonfiction, I quickly realized, were unfounded. Cameron is still Cameron here, with the rocky relationships, the adept juggling of subtext and straight plot, the dagger-like sentences that ring off the sides of your mouth while remaining deceptively simple, the short bursts of humor that accompany the most tragic of circumstances. It's all here, and better than ever.

In these stories, you will find a bestiary of the many diverse trout that occupy Lundy Lake howling trout, cherry blossom trout, dolphin trout, Big Lundy Brown. You will find a marriage on shaky ground compared and contrasted with the relationship of worm and fish. You'll find a man who shits salmon eggs. You'll find kite salesmen, talking catfish, dead fathers who run at the speed of light, and at the end of it all, you'll find a very certain man who is transporting a coffin full of snakes for a bank heist.

Where Cameron may go in both his fiction and his life ten years from now is anyone's guess. All I know is that his storytelling chops are only getting stronger. There are passages I can't quote from the final story the title story because you have to reel those words in, experience them for yourself.

View 1 comment. Dec 02, Marvin rated it it was amazing. Some may be surprised to know that fishing has been a theme is some very great literature. It goes back to at least Isaac Walton's The Compleat Angler which is as much as an ode to life in the 17th century as a guide to fishing. I believe Thoreau wetted his line once or twice in Walden. Then there is Richard Brautigan's rhapsodic Trout Fishing in America which I suspect is a close cousin to the book I am about to review.

Our Love Will go the Wa Some may be surprised to know that fishing has been a theme is some very great literature. It may be too early to place it on the "great literature about fishing" list but it has its own milestone in my mind as the book by the author that clearly moves him from the Bizarro barrio to the realms of literature with a capital "L". It consists of 15 short pieces all related to fish or fishing in some way, shape, or form.

They are all in Pierce's unique style of mixing the surreal with the mundane and leaving the reader in some kind of magical dilemma deciding what it all means. Some of the stories involves a talking fish with hands. The author wisely does not tell us the meaning of this but leaves us to decipher the creature in our own way. I see the fish as a harbinger of tragedy, sort of a symbol of the meaningless and misery in life we can never fully comprehend, but I am sure others may have their own interpretations.

Again, this is literature and good literature doesn't do the work for you. Pierce's passion for fishing is evident throughout the book. I understand this as I came from a family of fishing fanatics.


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Oddly I never got the fishing bug myself but I understand it. It is a special passion that says no matter how hard life is, there are always fish. It is a special passion that understands and embrace the struggles of life for all of nature's creatures. The joy is in the intimate struggle between the two adversaries.

The fisherman has a special connection with his prey realizing that his pleasure is instantly connected with the trauma of the fish, just as our own lives are forever connected with the trauma of others and of life in general. I believe Pierce understands this too. His stories are full of mundane and inexplicable happenings colliding with his own brand of magical realism. The title story paints fishing as practically a final ritual.

It is one of the best stories in the book replete with odd imagery and sorrow. All the stories, most fairly brief, are excellent. But there are two, the last ones in the book, that should be mentioned.

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It involves a man who, with the help of two "friends", is taking "medicinal snakes" to Boring, Oregon with the idea of making a truckload of cash. It straddles the line between comical and tragic. Violent, funny and weird, it is a tour de force of narrative writing. The last story, not counting a short and heartfelt concluding statement, is "California Oregon", a moving piece loosely patterned like a "choose your own adventure" tale yet appearing to be strongly autobiographical.

It questions the roads we take when we make choices in our life. Many of the author's stories seem to have a strong autobiographical nature to them and that only heightens the depth and passion of his works. I have stated before that I greatly prefer Pierce's short fiction over his novels even though he is a masterful writer in either form. This collection only cements my opinion and confirms my prediction that he is the writer, in any genre, to watch over the next few years. What is with and great short story collections?

They're all coming out of the woodwork like zombies taking over the Earth. What's interesting here is that there seems to be two Cameron Pierces writing in this collection. The surrealist writer who mostly writes in third person and the fishing t What is with and great short story collections? The surrealist writer who mostly writes in third person and the fishing tales narrator, who often but not always writes in first person. I preferred the latter by a long shot, but both sides of Pierce's writing game have merit.

Fishing often is about guys hanging out together and creating memories, and Cameron Pierce sees the beauty in that. They are too good for me to spoil them. What a great reading experience! Each of these stories are somehow tied to fish, but at the center are the undeniable experiences of the main characters. Balancing nostalgia, humor, and tragedy, each tale is unlike the one before. Devoid of a single unnecessary sentence, what often seems simple at first glance shows Pierce's true mastery of subtext. This is simply great storytelling, some of the best I have ever read.

May 11, Daphne rated it really liked it Shelves: quest. What an awesome collection of the totally and utterly bizarre. I read this one pretty fast, so I'll go back someday and savor each story alone me thinks. This collection floored me. Cameron Pierce writes stories featuring characters you'd expect to find in Raymond Carver's work, yet adds just enough weirdness to throw the reader for a loop.

Some stories, like 'Swai,' end almost as soon as they begin, but nonetheless manage to punch you in the ribs. My personal favorite was 'The Snakes of Boring,' the longest in the collection, and the finest noir to feature a rocket launcher and a casket of snakes. It's a rare treat to find fiction that makes you This collection floored me.

It's a rare treat to find fiction that makes you feel better for having read it. This collection is that type of fiction. Dec 15, David Bridges rated it it was amazing. Most of the stories revolve around fish in some way but each story is very original. There is also some overlap among the stories.

I don't think you have to read all of the stories in order, but because of the overlap reading them in order made the book more enjoyable for me personally. The book starts strong with a really short story which shares a title wi I have been on a roll reading a lot of incredible short story collections lately and Our Love Will Go The Way Of The Salmon is no exception. The book starts strong with a really short story which shares a title with the book.

It ends very abruptly and strange but it sets a tone for the book so well that I still remembered it at the end. I really did like all of the stories but my favorites were Help Me which is about this creepy half man half fish that is caught by a by a man fishing for perch. The creepy fish creature appears multiple times in the book and seems to bring dread with it. A few of the stories read like this which to me makes the unsettling parts that much more interesting. The story Trophies I related to on a personal level as my father was an amateur bass angler.

He competed and won a few in smaller bass tournaments around the South and he also hated carp. I used to like catching carp because they were big and put up and good fight but my dad always hated them and I know he would never consider mounting one no matter how big. I enjoyed that story then and I enjoyed it the second time around. Overall a brilliant set of stories written with in gothic prose mixed with surrealism that made me think of Haruki Murakami. I am not suggesting Pierce writes like Murakami but I would definitely recommend this book to Murakami fans.

I think they would enjoy it.

There are parts that are funny and there are parts that are devastating. I think Help Me and Easiest Kites will definitely be stories I will want to come back and reread again if not the whole collection. It's that good. This is released on Broken River books which is hands down on of the most innovative and superb indie publishers out right now. Hands down. I suggest you pick this up as well as pretty much anything else they have put out. As for Cameron Pierce this book definitely has me excited for what he is offering in the future.

Dec 15, Andrew Stone rated it it was amazing. For those familiar with Pierce's previous work, this book will show you something completely new. As far as the stories themselves, "The Snakes of Boring" is definitely the strongest from this collection, and arguabl For those familiar with Pierce's previous work, this book will show you something completely new. As far as the stories themselves, "The Snakes of Boring" is definitely the strongest from this collection, and arguably, it is one of the better stories Pierce has ever written.

In each of Pierce's previous collections, there has been one always longer story that has stayed with me ever since reading it. Granted, this collection also has its weak spots specifically, "Drop the World" , but overall this is one of the best short story collections I've ever read. If you like Pierce or bizarro, read this book. Hell, if you like short stories or smiling, read this book. And if you like fishing, you'd be a damn fool to let this one go. Jun 05, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: horror , modern-fiction. I purchased this collection when I saw a sale link, and I knew nothing about it, but the title intrigued me.

I've been burned many times by cheap books on small presses that turn out to be hastily-published, non-edited, self-indulgent junk. This is not one of those times. What a pleasant surprise it is—a collection of highly-literate weird tales, each connected thematically by fish or fishing. The fish elements enter each story in different ways, sometimes subtly, and sometimes shockingly. There I purchased this collection when I saw a sale link, and I knew nothing about it, but the title intrigued me.

There are some truly bizarre happenings here, and I won't spoil them by giving them away, but the beauty of the stories—and what makes them so weird—lies in how the most outlandish events are woven into scenes of such normalcy. The mundanity of marriage, dinners, family, etc. I would classify most of the stories as literary fiction, but one of the standouts is "The Snakes of Boring"—a squalid bit of noir that makes me want to see more of the same.

I would read a crime novel by this writer in a heartbeat, but the range of these stories shows that he could do well wherever he seeks a niche. Remember when Ween put out The Mollusk, their "sea-themed album" and it turned out to be their best one? I feel like this is Pierce's Mollusk.

Wonderfully bizarre and disarmingly gentle. The stories in here display huge strides in talent, skill and maturity for Pierce as a writer—yet the niche area of focus fish make this wholly original and unlike anything I've read before. One of the more cohesive collections I've read recently.

PS: Pierce should lay claim to his blue-eyed fish monster with r Remember when Ween put out The Mollusk, their "sea-themed album" and it turned out to be their best one? PS: Pierce should lay claim to his blue-eyed fish monster with razor teeth and human hands, cuz that thing terrified me. It's the new cthulhu. Dec 25, Ryan Bradford rated it it was amazing. Dec 17, Jason rated it really liked it. Love it. I love this book from Cameron Pierce. It's a collection of short stories that features the downright bizarre to the poetically beautiful.

Great looking cover and great writing. If you are unfamiliar with this writer, this would be a great place to start. Aug 03, Rory Costello rated it it was amazing. Quirky at a minimum, often downright bizarre, by turns funny and horrific, but also sad and touching. That's quite an emotional range. Oct 15, David rated it it was amazing. This is the most emotional writing I've seen from Pierce. It feels and makes you feel.

Contemplative, soft, and moving. Sometimes its tender, and other times it smacks the air right out of you. You know its coming, but you can't stop it Aug 27, Luke rated it really liked it. Really liked this collection. My favorites were probably 'Sway' and 'Drop the World'; beautiful stories. Mar 11, S. Cartledge rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviewed.

Finally, in late , he decided to join forces with Murmanskturist and worked out a compromise. View all New York Times newsletters. But in November , a new decree gave the district administration priority in allocating fishing rights. Prints informed Mr. Davies that his contract was no longer valid, and put it out for public bids. Prints would disclose.

Peterson's interest is not surprising since the Ponoi River, while bounteous, has small salmon. Only northern rivers like the Varzina offer pound fish and Mr. Petersen is already sending Ponoi River Company clients on day trips there. Petersen's relationship with the Lovozero administration has been as smooth as Mr.

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Davies's has been stormy. Petersen was sent a copy of the bid offer by fax the day before it was made public. Local fishing inspectors wear forest-green fleece jackets bearing his company motto underneath their uniforms. Oddly, when the June 22 raid took place, a Ponoi River Company employee was included in the official party. The employee, Aleksei Korzhavin, explained that he had gone along as an interpreter.

When fishing inspectors arrived at the camp the day before the final eviction to declare Mr. Davies's fishing licenses illegal, they wore Petersen company hats and jackets. Petersen said he was not worried that his relationship with the Russian authorities could someday take the same turn as Mr.

More than one Murmansk resident noted rather sourly, however, that in fact the local authorities mostly play favorites. Both Mr. Davies and Mr. Petersen declined to discuss whether money had been paid under the table. But even Mr. Davies's friends suggest he is not a novice in the art of doing business in Russia. The ultimate fate of Mr. Davies's camp is undecided.

Vladimir G. Prints to buy it from Mr. Davies and to put it to good community use. Asked who would pay to transport needy children since the site can be reached only by helicopter, he shrugged. Davies said he had no hope of getting his camp back and hoped merely to recoup some of his losses. He said he would not leave until he had his day in court. My back is to the wall. I have to fight back. Please upgrade your browser. See next articles. View page in TimesMachine.

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