San Francisco Noir

Brand new stories by Domenic Stansberry, Barry Gifford, Eddie Muller, Robert Mailer Anderson, Michelle Tea, Peter Plate, Kate Braverman, David Corbett, Alejandro Murgu a, Sin Soracco, Alvin Lu, Jon Longhi, Will Christopher Baer, Jim Nesbit, and David Henry Sterry.San Francisco Noir lashes out with hard biting, all original tales exploring the shadowy nether regions of sceBrand new stories by Domenic Stansberry, Barry Gifford, Eddie Muller, Robert Mailer Anderson, Michelle Tea, Peter Plate, Kate Braverman, David Corbett, Alejandro Murgu a, Sin Soracco, Alvin Lu, Jon Longhi, Will Christopher Baer, Jim Nesbit, and David Henry Sterry.San Francisco Noir lashes out with hard biting, all original tales exploring the shadowy nether regions of scenic Baghdad by the Bay Virtuosos of the genre meet up with the best of S.F s literary fiction community to chart a unique psycho geography for a dark landscape.From inner city boroughs to the outlands, each contributor offers an original story based in a distinct neighborhood At times brutal, darkly humorous, and revelatory the stories speak of a hidden San Francisco, a town where the fog is but a prelude to darker realities lingering beneath An entertaining anthology of overheated short stories by local writersHere the city becomes the central character, the strongest on the page San Francisco Chronicle Reflecting changing conditions, multicultural authors are well represented here, and female writers definitely make their markThere s enough here to cause us to want Library Journal Take an intermission from your Hitchcock marathon, and turn instead to the 15 stories between the covers of San Francisco Noir for the SF based suspense you crave Luring you deep into the criminal heritage of your own backyard, each piece of the collection transcends the traditional elements of noir and helps redefine the moody genre 7 7 Magazine The protagonists of noir fiction have their own agendas, but for readers much of the pleasure is unraveling the mystery and deciphering the clues that constitute a city, and if there is a love story in noir writing it s the passion of writers, readers, and protagonists for the gritty geographical details As the bodies drop in the strong stories here, steep, fog wrapped, fratricidal San Francisco comes alive here are old neighborhoods, bars, bookstores, the famous and then forgotten landlord arson at 16th and Valencia, buried streams, streetcars, parks, a lost city and the new city haunting almost every page of this gorgeous anthology of San Francisco noir Rebecca Solnit I was wondering about the city s shadowside that the guides didn t show These top writers are of the As bad as it gets brand, and then worse If you like puke, fear loathing caused by stray bullets, happenstance getting the hero who is an anti hero really, a male corpse rotting in the bathtub while the woman poops in the garden, the Reverend Christmas shot in the ear by the PO lice, then this is your good read for a murky, maybe even gritty, weekend Janwillem van de Wetering San Francisco has long been a city of back alleys and black figures this is its romantic map Michael Ray, Editor, Zoetrope All Story
San Francisco Noir Brand new stories by Domenic Stansberry Barry Gifford Eddie Muller Robert Mailer Anderson Michelle Tea Peter Plate Kate Braverman David Corbett Alejandro Murgu a Sin Soracco Alvin Lu Jon Lo

  • Title: San Francisco Noir
  • Author: Peter Maravelis David Henry Sterry
  • ISBN: 9781888451917
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “San Francisco Noir”

    1. This collection had a lot of authors that I like in it. There were a few duds but overall it was good. I especially liked the Michelle Tea story.

    2. 15 black beauties set in the city by the bay. Of them, a majority are good. Six are very good and three are balls-out fantastic, gamechangers that make you look at short stories entirely differently ever afterward: Michelle Tea's "Larry's Place", Eddie Muller's "Kid's Last Fight" and "Deception of the Thrush" by Will Christopher Baer. Simply amazing. Three are just so-so and three are terrible. That's a pretty good ratio for an anthology and San Francisco looms large in all of them. Solid, bleak [...]

    3. A disappointing read - I mainly stuck with it because I bought it in SF on honeymoon. There are a small number of good stories here, but lots of the authors seem to think "noir" just means "gritty, with a side of sexual exploitation". Noir is one of my favourite genres, so this was rather disappointing. Noir is hard to define, but this treats it just as a style, I think, resulting in stories that by and large lack any emotional punch.

    4. This is the second book I'm reviewing in my exploration of Akashic Books' NOIR series. Basic remit - crime stories taking place in [city x:]. I say a little bit more about the set-up in my intro to the review of Brooklyn Noir.It's funny how many parameters one can apply to a critique of this series. If you know the city featured, you can say "does it remind me of there?" If you don't know the city featured, you can ask "does this seem to evoke the verisimilitude of a place I've never been to?". [...]

    5. Noir to me brings up images of Philip Marlowe or some detective in a seedy office waiting for a client. Not gonna find that here. This is a collection of stories all based in neighborhoods of San Francisco which is what attracted me to the book. Some of the stories are good; other stories didn't hold my interest. A few were superb. I enjoyed Larry's Place, The Neutral Zone, It Can Happen and The Prison the most. No happy endings here.

    6. Pretty good collection of hard-boiled stories all set in different neighborhoods in and around SF. Some better than others, some gorier than others.

    7. Stories may be a bit uneven in terms of quality, but when the quality selections are fantastic. Thoroughly enjoyable read for noir fans and sf history geeks alike.

    8. Read on a recommendation. I enjoyed this! Like all short story collections, there were some I did not like at all and some I loved. Worth your time if you like noir. But trigger warnings up the wazoo for this.

    9. Each of the short stories in this collection of noir fiction takes place in a different San Francisco neighborhood, and together form a great review of the genre. As expected, some of the stories are unnecessarily bloody and violent. In these stories, the main character is usually the perpetrator or a victim, or somehow tied to the crime - but rarely the detective (unlike Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe). Sex plays a huge role, and the characters are rarely likeable, and always self-destructive. Th [...]

    10. About 75% of the stories in here are good. The rest just seem to be filler. Some of the bad ones tried really hard to identify physical places around the city just to prove, it seems, that their story really is set in SF. It's like when an annoying movie is set in SF and the main character casually takes a cable car as public transportation. (UGH!).That being said, my FAVORITE story was "The Other Barrio" by Alejandro Murguia. It could be because I'm Mexican and I was looking forward to a story [...]

    11. I've read excellent noir, really good noir, and just OK noir. This is terrible. With short stories you can get sucked in by thinking, "maybe the next one will be better (written better, more interesting characters, anything) but no, not in this little collection. To be fair, I made it through four and skimmed a fifth story before I decides to stop wasting time. If you like the genre, pick up The Best American Noir of the Century, edited by Otto Penzler and James Ellroy.

    12. A collection of Noir short stories by local SF writers. Each story is set in a SF neightborhood and it's landmarks, historic locations and cultural qualities. I enjoyed visiting familiar neightborhoods through the eyes of these fictional pieces. I liked some pieces better than others but enjoyed the book overall.

    13. Hmm, I read this over a year ago now. I remember one of the stories fairly vividly, a couple I could probably more or less rehash, and I'm sure there were a dozen I don't recall at all. So, fairly typical for an anthology, I suppose.

    14. Great book of short stories in the more modern sense of noir. The details of the locations are true to San Francisco geography, which is sure to please anyone from "The City." Altogether A GREAT, COZY READ. There is graphic language and sexual and graphic violence sceness. Not a kids book.

    15. Some of the short stories were a little too weird to be good. Don't stop reading if you are not hooked after the first section; I found the stories got better as the book progresses. My favorite story was Weight Less Than Shadow. Larry's Place was also a good one.

    16. Read a couple chapters by authors I like--Michelle Tea for example--but just couldn't get into it. Had hoped for more interesting stories about San Francisco proper, but I just didn't get that to the extent I wanted when choosing the book.

    17. These stories seemed under-plotted for a noir collection. Some exceptions, especially David Corbett's very clever "It Can Happen," and Michelle Tea's hard-as-nails "Larry's Place." But despite nice writing, some of the others felt more like character studies or mood pieces than true noir.

    18. Solid set of short noir fiction stories taking place in San Francisco. I am not finished with this but I'll read it from time to time when I'm in a San Francisco state of mind.

    19. Nothing wrong with it, but it wasn't jivving with the kind of noir I wanted and I'm busy anyway. DNF'd a little over halfway through.

    20. Dark and moody, but not always in a good way; at times it feels as if it is dark for the sake of being dark because that's "in", rather than that is what the story calls for.

    21. Most of these stories were not "Noir," so I am a little confused and disappointed by their inclusion in this anthology. Most of the stories were also a tad boring. Only two were really enjoyable.

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