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Publisher's Summary

A thrilling new voice in fiction injects the absurd into the everyday to present a startling vision of modern life, “[as] if Kafka and Camus and Bradbury were penning episodes of Black Mirror” (Chang-Rae Lee, author of My Year Abroad).

“Stories so sharp and ingenious you may cut yourself on them while reading.”—Kelly Link, author of Get In Trouble

With a focus on the weird and eerie forces that lurk beneath the surface of ordinary experience, Kate Folk’s debut collection is perfectly pitched to the madness of our current moment. A medical ward for a mysterious bone-melting disorder is the setting of a perilous love triangle. A curtain of void obliterates the globe at a steady pace, forcing Earth’s remaining inhabitants to decide with whom they want to spend eternity. A man fleeing personal scandal enters a codependent relationship with a house that requires a particularly demanding level of care. And in the title story, originally published in The New Yorker, a woman in San Francisco uses dating apps to find a partner despite the threat posed by “blots,” preternaturally handsome artificial men dispatched by Russian hackers to steal data. Meanwhile, in a poignant companion piece, a woman and a blot forge a genuine, albeit doomed, connection. 

Prescient and wildly imaginative, Out There depicts an uncanny landscape that holds a mirror to our subconscious fears and desires. Each story beats with its own fierce heart, and together they herald an exciting new arrival in the tradition of speculative literary fiction.

©2022 Kate Folk (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Very good! Best book I have listen to yet.

I read and listen to about 200 books a year. This books stands out as one of the best. I found my self completely swept up in the stories. I was sad when it ended because as I know I won't find a book this perfect for a a long while. love it from start to finish

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Tragically beautiful and honest

And funny! Each story made me think more as I did as a child, fewer rules. The stories are so fantastical yet so absolutely human and relatable. Listening just made me relax into my own strangeness a bit more. The last story was my absolute favorite.

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Just fantastic

A wonderful time throughout. Shorter stories that aren't full arcs are still worthwhile stories with intriguing ideas and fleshed out worlds that leave you thinking about their worlds.

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Graphic Sexual Descriptions

I was intrigued by the description and loved the sample so I spent a credit to buy this book. The stories are fine but I was pulled up next to another car at a red-light, while listening, and the narrator began yelling about the different types of porn scenes and what they needed to be tagged with and I was so embarrassed I broke off my FM transmitter while trying to turn it down so the other car wouldn't hear it. I returned the book and am still in mourning over my transmitter. Better luck to you guys.

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very strange

I found Kate Folk’s “Out There” stories to be so bizarre that I could not wrap my head around any of them! Perhaps it was the Sci-fi element!

For me the creepiest one “The Bone Ward” was about people suffering from a rare bone disease which makes their bones melt overnight. That made my own bones melt in sympathy!! The most disturbing was “Moist House” in which a man must keep a house moist at all costs, in which he develops a serious and disturbing attraction. And for those on the dating scene, she’s compiled two stories about human robots created to seduce women through dating apps so that they can steal their identities and password-protected data. In “Dating a Somnambulist” a woman finds out the eerie things her boyfriend does while sleeping. “The Head in the Floor” is as bizarre as the title. In fact, all the stories are out there.

They are meant to make the reader feel uneasy, but in an amusing way. I just felt uneasy. It’s even more creepy than “The X-Files”. I am NOT the target audience for this one, so take my rating with a huge grain of salt. I chose to listen to the audio with a different narrator for each story. The chosen narrators were perfect for each story. It is a bit over 7 hours.

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NOT BAD!

So these stories are sometimes weird, Creepy or even sexual at times but not bad. if you write another book like this try to make the stories even more creepy but mixed with sexual is fine. Narrators were good I would have the same in another book

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