Not Quite So Stories
(March 1, 2016 from Literary Wanderlust)
The traditional explanation for myth (including such works as the relatively modern Just so Stories by Rudyard Kiping) is an attempt by
humans to explain and demystify the world. That's crap. We may be able to come to terms with small pieces,
but existence as a whole is beyond our grasp. Life is absurd, ultimately beyond our comprehension. The best
we can do is to proceed on with our lives in the face of that. The stories in this collection proceed from
this idea, examining how the different characters manage (and/or fail) to do this.
Winner of the 2017 Nebraska Book Award in the anthology category.
2016 Best Book Awards Finalist Fiction:
Finalist for Short Stories in the 11th
Annual National Indie Excellence Awards.
Here's the book trailer.
Here is the video of me reading
"Changes for the Château" at the Not Quite so Stories release at The BookBar in Denver.
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review copy for a journal review, book blog review, or such (or if you are an independent reviewer who would
like to place a review of Not Quite so Stories in a journal, book review blog, or such).
Interviews, Reviews, and Such:
- Kirkus review
of Not Quite so Stories published November 8, 2016.
Iglesias wrote an amazing review of Not Quite so Stories September 29, 2016 at
- Review September 20, 2016 at Between the
- My guest post "Does the Story
Live Up to the Story Behind the Story" published September 16, 2016 at the San Fransisco Book
Wood reviewed Not Quite so Stories August 12, 2016 at Novellum.
James Prenatt wrote a very thoughtful review of Not Quite so Stories August 10, 2016 over at
- Ben Tanzer reviewed Not Quite
so Stories as well as Naked Me by Christian Winn and I'm Not Supposed To Be Here And
Neither Are You by Len Kuntz August 5, 2016 at This Blog Will Change Your Life.
- My guest post on writing about spousal
fights (along with a stellar introduction by Nathaniel Tower) published August 3, 2016 on the blog for
- I was interviewed about Not Quite so
Stories and absurdist literature in episode 64 of The Narrative Breakdown.
- My guest
post exploring the links between Not Quite so Stories and Just so Stories published July 3,
2016 on The Story Prize blog.
Michael Czyzniejewski checked out Not Quite so Stories for Story366.
- I was
interviewed about Not Quite so Stories on The Way of The Buffalo.
interview (now archived) May 21, 2016 on The Funky Writer online radio show.
- Jordan Blum's review for The Lit
- The Colorado Book Review did a review May 5, 2016, but the site subsequently crashed and had to be
rebuilt from scratch so it is no longer accessible.
Tabbert's review for Blotterature.
- Vicki Mayk's review for At
Moriconi's review of Not Quite so Stories at Change Seven.
- Guest post about exploiting your shame (and
Not Quite so Stories) published March 25, 2016 at the San Diego Book Review.
Degani, author of Rattle of Want, let me take everyone on a Journey to Planet Write March 23,
post about writing absurd short stories published March 22, 2016 at the Portland Book Review.
Campbell Moore's (my co-blogger at Eleven and a Half Years of Books) review of Not Quite so
Samuel Snoek-Brown interviewed me about Not Quite so Stories.
- Jeremy Morong
interviewed me about Not Quite so Stories over at 88 Miles Press (part one). And here is part three of the
interview. Don't ask what happened to part two.
- Jen Knox interviewed
me about Not Quite so Stories and other writing related matters over at A Literary Exhibition.
- Not Quite so Stories got a
mention November 3, 2015 in The
- Not Quite so Stories mentioned
November 1, 2015 at PRLOG.
Blog Virtual Tour:
- Reviewed May 29,
2016 at Fascinating Quest.
May 27, 2016 at Books are love.
Spotlighted May 25, 2016 at As the Pages Turn.
- Featured May
23, 2016 at Book Marketing Buzz.
- Review May 20,
2016 at Whispering Stories.
- Interview about Not
Quite so Stories and my writing life May 20, 2016 at Whispering Stories.
about Not Quite so Stories May 19, 2016 at Examiner.com.
guest post about the inspiration behind Not Quite so Stories May 17, 2016 at Literal
May 16, 2016 at Literarily Speaking.
May 12, 2016 at Deal Sharing Aunt.
- Featured May 10, 2016
at 3 Partners in Shopping.
- Not Quite so
Stories reviewed May 8,
2016 over at Ali - The
Featured May 5, 2016 at
Beyond the Books.
- Interview May 3,
2016 about Not Quite so Stories at The Literary Nook.
- Review May 2, 2016 at
- Review April
29, 2016 at Storeybook
- Interview about
Not Quite so Stories April 27, 2016 at The Writers Life.
April 25, 2016 about Not Quite so Stories at PUYB Virtual Book Club.
- Reviewed April 24, 2016 at
Live Love Books.
- My guest post
about the cover of Not Quite so Stories published April
20, 2016 at Book Cover
- As the Page
Turns interviewed me
April 19, 2016 about Not Quite so
Interview about Not Quite so Stories
and other writing matters April 18, 2016 at
The Dark Phantom Review.
- Interview April 14, 2016 about my writing life
and Not Quite so
- Not Quite
so Stories in the
spotlight April 12, 2016 at My Bookish
about Not Quite
so Stories April 11,
2016 at The
Review From Here.
- Not Quite
so Stories featured April 7, 2016 over
about the experience of publishing Not Quite so Stories April
6, 2016 at SheWrites.
- My guest post
of 10 authorial confessions (most relating to Not Quite so Stories) published April 5, 2016 on
Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic. Scandalous!
I talked about the origins of Not Quite so Stories in my guest post March 31, 2016 at The Story
Behind the Book.
My guest post about Not Quite so Stories and why weird is fun published March 29, 2016 at Lori's
Ricci interviewed me about Not Quite so Stories Marcy 28, 2016 over at Digital
D.E. Haggerty interviewed me about Not Quite so Stories March 24, 2016 over at
- Reviewed March 22,
2016 at Books for Books.
March 21, 2016 over at Literarily Speaking.
March 17, 2016 over at Bound 2
My Guest post March 16, 2016 about where the weirdness in Not Quite so Stories came from at What
is That Book About.
the spotlight March 14, 2016 over at Write and Take Flight.
- Interview March 9, 2016
at A Blue Million Books.
the spotlight at C.B.Y. Book Club March 8, 2016.
- Featured book
March 7, 2016 at Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic.
- Book Feature
March 4, 2016 at Mikky's World of Books.
guest post about the inspiration behind Not Quite so Stories published March 4, 2016 at My
- Reviewed March
4, 2016 over at Books, Reviews, ETC.
Watch March 3, 2016 at The Literary Nook.
- Interview March 2,
2016 at I'm Shelf-ish.
- In the
Spotlight March 1, 2016 at The Writer's
"In Not Quite So Stories David S. Atkinson creates conflict within the moral and the immoral of
society, a world where things are not what they seem, yet are represented deliciously by something altered.
Atkinson creates spaces where inanimate objects become animated, soft sodded lawns have landmines and good
old reality is replaced by a new reality someone must explain to you. In fact, good is never always good, and
evil is never always evil –because Atkinson’s black and white animals are really green and pink zebras."
—Timothy Gager author of The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan
“Not Quite Stories doesn’t have stories, sentences, paragraphs, characters, nah, it has bright
explosions of color that will knock you over. David S. Atkinson is Kurt Vonnegut and Aimee Bender wrestling
spotted leopards as George Saunders eats popcorn and claps.”
— Bud Smith, author of F 250
"There are few contemporary writers I’ve read who can convey so much weirdness, dry wit, and je ne sais quoi
in such a small space as David S. Atkinson. His Not Quite So Stories are strange literary adventures
for the child in all of us–even us crusty old farts."
— H.L Nelson, founding editor of Cease, Cows literary magazine and co-editor of Choose Wisely:
35 Women Up To No Good.
"With Not Quite So Stories, there’s no need to suspend disbelief. David S. Atkinson makes the absurd
100% believable. These stories are hilarious and real. Atkinson is on his way to becoming the master of
— Nathaniel Tower, author of Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands