All the Names They Used for God: Stories by Anjali Sachdeva

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All the Names They Used for God: Stories Read Online Free - A haunting, diverse debut story collection that explores the isolation we experience in the face of the mysterious, often dangerous forces that shape our lives

Anjali Sachdeva's debut collection spans centuries, continents, and a diverse set of characters but is united by each character's epic struggle with fate: A workman in Andrew Carnegie's steel mills is irrevocably changed by the brutal power of the furnaces; a fisherman sets sail into overfished waters and finds a secret obsession from which he can't return; an online date ends with a frightening, inexplicable dissapearance. Her story "Pleiades" was called "a masterpiece" by Dave Eggers. Sachdeva has a talent for creating moving and poignant scenes, following her highly imaginative plots to their logical ends, and depicting how one small miracle can affect everyone in its wake.

Title : All the Names They Used for God: Stories
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ISBN : 0399593004
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Roxane rated it ★★★★★

March 11, 2018

What an outstanding short story collection. I knew nothing about this book going in and was thrilled by each story. There is so much range here, and there is a nice fabulist edge to nearly all the stories. The writer wields so much confidence and control in her prose and my goodness, what imagina...

Emily May rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 21, 2018

Over the past few months, I've picked up a number of short story collections and this one happens to be one of the least memorable. There are only nine stories in All the Names They Used for God but several made me think "huh?" and not a single one really stood out to me. I can almost always pick...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

February 26, 2018

3.5 When I am reading s book of short stories, I usually jot down a few details about each story, as a memory aid. I do not, however, look at these notes unless I absolutely have to, rather trying to see how much I remember just from the story titles. A good way for me to gauge how memorable and...

Maxwell rated it ★★★★☆

January 14, 2018

Anjali Sachdeva has written a diverse, compelling and strong debut collection of stories. I can't think of any other collection I've read that is this eclectic—there are stories about genetically perfected septuplets, a man with glass lungs, John Milton writing his epic poem, weird blobby aliens...

Marie rated it ★★★★☆

February 05, 2018

"Wonder and terror meet at the horizon, and we walk the knife-edge between them." These words end the introduction to this powerful, haunting collection of short stories.  Sachdeva explains in her introduction that in old times people knew better than to trust their gods.  "Gods" enter these stor...

Cody | codysbookshelf rated it ★★★★★

November 11, 2017

Release Date:02.20.18 All the Names They Used for God, Anjali Sachdeva’s debut release, is a stellar collection of short stories that explores the strangeness that is the human experience and our small stature in the vastness of the cosmos. Rewards abound for the short story lover: science gone aw...

Char rated it ★★★★☆

February 09, 2018

ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD is a collection of short literary fiction stories, the last two of which were absolutely brilliant. The tales in this book are all over the place, but I think it's all the different facets of humanity that link them all together. No two stories here are even remote...

Dave rated it ★★★★☆

October 17, 2017

The stories set out in this collection are loosely connected by otherworldly moods, inspired by bits of magic, and soft dream-filled prose. The scenes visualized here range from a pioneer woman seeking adventure in underground caves, fishermen bewitched by mermaids, a future where aliens replace...

Lubinka rated it ★★★★☆

March 24, 2018

Beautifully written and masterfully crafted stories where the characters sprung alive in just a few short pages, but once again, I realize that the short story form is not for me. I utterly enjoyed the stories, all of them, they were captivating and unpredictable, but then they simply... ended. I...

Martie rated it ★★★★☆

November 24, 2017

Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: Random House Pub.Date: February 20, 201835082451 Possible Spoilers With this title, I was expecting a novel about the horrors that have been committed in the name of God, such as the Spanish Inquisition. But the title is misleading. The stories are more about the co...

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