Two Reviews of Trickster Tales
The trickster of the title is the force of transformative chaos, a god-devil who appears in many mythologies to mock our certainties and tempt us into dissolution or freedom. Briggs finds the trickster in human form: as a strangely powerful hooker, as a woman who believes herself to be a shaman. But the trickster also haunts us in enormous bugs, flying bowties, and mass-production lines that won't turn off. There is a breathless quality to Briggs' fiction that is not so much suspense as a sense of suspension, as though the moorings of reality had been cut. Often his stories start with a deceptively straightforward scene: a woman coming upon her husband talking to two coworkers, and none of them notices her presence. But then the trickster energy starts its work: the husband's thoughts turn into insects and devour him. Whether in brief flash-fiction or in more apparently conventional short stories, Briggs is masterful at creating dreamy but somewhat nightmarish narratives. Patricia Monaghan
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~ Trickster Tales ~
Short stories which evolve around a loose concept of the Trickster, a Native American mythological entity which behaves in ways both foolish and wise. Briggs captures the humorous essence of the Trickster well in his stories. Stories to read, in particular: "An Urgent Message," "The Bow Tie," "Haircut" and "A Disproportionate Affair." I couldn't put down this collection.