Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories

  • by Alex Shvartsman
  • Narrated by Tina Connolly
  • 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

40 short stories by Alex Shvartsman, winner of the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction. Narrated by Tina Connolly, host of the Parsec-winning podcast Toasted Cake.


An elder god trapped in a pocket dimension turns up in the world's oldest magic pawn shop.
A cybernetically-enhanced assassin who can't feel pain faces a dangerous adversary.
A computer hacker and a mystic team up to break into the Book of Fate and change their futures.
Vatican investigators are called to examine a miracle on another planet.
and much, much more!

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What the Critics Say

"Wit, sentiment, imagination - Alex Shvartsman's got them all." (Mike Resnick, Hugo award winner)
"Fantastic variety and scope.... Prepare to be entertained, delighted and amazed." (Esther Friesner, Nebula award winner)
"His stories feature tightly constructed, intricate, puzzle-like plots with clever banter and plenty of fresh, twisted pop culture references." (Ken Liu, Hugo and Nebula award winner)

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Customer Reviews

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A wonderful find, a thoughtful and intelligent collection of stories

I was looking for a Cthulhu book and seeing the title I dove in...a bit too eagerly! Luckily it worked out.

It starts with a fawning foreword which put me in A bad frame of mind because I don't Want the authors friend tell me how good they are as an author. That's for me to decide. That didn't bode well.

However it got into the first story which was whimsical and amusing and thankfully was the beginning of a rollercoaster of intelligent, sensitive and thoughtful short stories. A wonderful variety of fantasy and sci-fi all flavoured with the character of the author. There is a little commentary after each story and the problem With audio books you can't really just skip past them. I don't want to know where EVERY story was first published.

So, wonderful stories but the book was let down By the inclusion of too much unnecessary commentary. Don't let that put you off however. If you're looking for an intelligent and sensitively written anthology, this is for you. If you want big guns and mindless violence, look elsewhere.
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- Hazel A.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2015
  • Publisher: UFO Publishing