An Aimee Bender book can sometimes seem less like a reading experience than like having a very clever, very melancholy friend describe their dreams to you in vivid, fantastical detail. The danger in that, of course, is that any kind of internal dream logic tends to dissolve once it leaves the deep-REM brain of the dreamer. Which can make The Color Master’s lesser tales — of torn-up tigers, or menacing apple-eaters — feel like frustratingly elusive fragments. At her best, though, Bender offers ”the glimmer of something that [you] did not understand,” and finds something that touches true magic. B+
DREAM BENDER Author Amy Bender weaves fanciful dream-like tales in The Color Master.
Genre: Short Stories; Author: Aimee Bender; Status: In Season; Publisher: Doubleday
Posted August 9 2013 — 12:00 AM EDT
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