The Color Master 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… The Color Master 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… 2013-08-13 Short Stories Doubleday
Book Review

The Color Master (2013)

DREAM BENDER Author Amy Bender weaves fanciful dream-like tales in The Color Master .
DREAM BENDER Author Amy Bender weaves fanciful dream-like tales in The Color Master.
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 13, 2013; Writer: Aimee Bender; Genre: Short Stories; Publisher: Doubleday

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+

Originally posted Aug 07, 2013 Published in issue #1272-1273 Aug 16, 2013 Order article reprints
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