While I am a fan of short fiction, even loving bizarre short fiction, this collection left me a little bit ... I don't know ... confused?While the writing styles were on the whole lovely, there wasn't really a single story that ended with me thinking "Yeah, wow. That's meaningful." Most of them ended with me thinking "What? That's it?" I guess maybe I'm out of touch. Even the art work scattered throughout seemed to be bizarre, but meaninglessly so. What's the point of odd if it doesn't have a deeper significance? Or is it just me that wants that?Amanda
Not all short stories can be amazing but the majority of these are. The illustrations are what makes it worthwhile.Bijan
"The Man Who Married a Tree" is a story from this collection that has been stuck in my mind ever since I read it last year. The premise may sound strange, but it really made me think of how much life there is in the world, even though a lot of it may be hidden or unassuming from our own point of view. A surreal and poetic story.Also, The illustrations all throughout the book make reading the stories that much more enjoyable.Whiskeyb
So many pretty pictures! Most of the stories are pretty neat so far too.Ryan Chapman
This is probably their strongest issue in years in terms of content and design. There's such a wide breadth of style and experience among the selections, it's hard to choose a favorite. So I won't. But I will highly recommend this issue. It's a little pricey, I know, but completely worth it. The hard thing will probably refraining yourself from tearing out all the art pages and tacking them to the wall.A.Jay Wagner
McSweeney's Issue 20 (Mcsweeney's Quarterly Concern) by Dave Eggers (2006)Penelope
I thought most of the artwork was beautiful, and I enjoyed the rhythm of text and artwork in the layout of the book.Favorites/Stories I would read again:"Statement of Purpose""The Man Who Married a Tree""Terminal"I found some of the stories extremely boring/pointless and was unable to get through a few of them because they just didn't hold my interest. Overall I disliked more stories than I liked in this collection, hence two stars.george
The stories were definitely not up to McSweeney's ususal standard, but the artwork (most of it, anyway) is amazing. I actually am trying to figure out how to tear the book apart so that I can frame some of the pieces; and then get another copy of the book.Suggestions?Asheroo
It's hard to rate these books, as they are compilation from many different authors on many different things. Sometimes short stories, sometimes shorter stories, memoirs, essays etc. This one was good like the others. I in general really enjoy McSweeney's Quarterly Concerns for the variety and originality of them.I really enjoyed having full page art on every fourth page, plus the book smelled great.Kim Gold
It's a collection of short and very charming stories by random authors. The illustrations in it (or any Mcsweeney's) are gorgeous!Abby
Best McSweeney's yet...so far.Noel VerDine
I have had to buy this issue twice, as I ripped apart the first one to hang much of the beautiful art inside.T. J.
Too many indvidual stories, for me to review.Sean
A beautifully bound book. Every fourth page features a full-page piece of art, all of which are very cool. And the stories? One was pretty good. The rest, not so much. This has been sitting on a shelf for like three years, finally got around to it. McSweeney's used to be a lot better in the early days, it would seem.Emily
every issue of mcsweeney's is a work of art.