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In Daniel Polansky's latest Tor.com Original short story "Baby Teeth," a forlorn teenager's monotonous life is interrupted when a stranger draws him into the hunt for a vampiric serial killer. He will learn that while monsters are much more real than he thought, there is no such thing as heroes. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Man In Daniel Polansky's latest Tor.com Original short story "Baby Teeth," a forlorn teenager's monotonous life is interrupted when a stranger draws him into the hunt for a vampiric serial killer. He will learn that while monsters are much more real than he thought, there is no such thing as heroes. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


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In Daniel Polansky's latest Tor.com Original short story "Baby Teeth," a forlorn teenager's monotonous life is interrupted when a stranger draws him into the hunt for a vampiric serial killer. He will learn that while monsters are much more real than he thought, there is no such thing as heroes. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Man In Daniel Polansky's latest Tor.com Original short story "Baby Teeth," a forlorn teenager's monotonous life is interrupted when a stranger draws him into the hunt for a vampiric serial killer. He will learn that while monsters are much more real than he thought, there is no such thing as heroes. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

30 review for Baby Teeth

  1. 4 out of 5

    karen

    You will ask how I remember all of this, conversations and small details of events that happened decades ago. The answer is that though it was only after this last visit to Dr. Gold’s that I thought to actually write it down, I have been telling myself this story again and again for the last thirty years, taking it apart and unpacking it, examining each detail as I gather brokenhearted lovers do, though I have never had my heart broken and only rarely been a lover. You will say that remembering You will ask how I remember all of this, conversations and small details of events that happened decades ago. The answer is that though it was only after this last visit to Dr. Gold’s that I thought to actually write it down, I have been telling myself this story again and again for the last thirty years, taking it apart and unpacking it, examining each detail as I gather brokenhearted lovers do, though I have never had my heart broken and only rarely been a lover. You will say that remembering a story is not the same as remembering the thing itself. That, I do not have an answer for. Perhaps I am wrong about things. It would not surprise me. i really liked this more-than-a-vampire tale. it's a leisurely-paced story long enough to fall into, and the writing is richly textured with relatable characters, a nice balance between ordinary and supernatural horrors, and some dark ambiguity to chew on pleasurably afterwards. there were a handful of odd details that didn't pay off, so i'm wondering if maybe this is part of a bigger thing? if it is, i would like to read it, so someone alert me if this is the case. PLEASE AND THANK YOU. read it for yourself here: https://www.tor.com/2021/10/27/baby-t... come to my blog!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    You will ask how I remember all of this, conversations and small details of events that happened decades ago. The answer is that though it was only after this last visit to Dr. Gold’s that I thought to actually write it down, I have been telling myself this story again and again for the last thirty years, taking it apart and unpacking it, examining each detail as I gather brokenhearted lovers do, though I have never had my heart broken and only rarely been a lover. You will say that remembering You will ask how I remember all of this, conversations and small details of events that happened decades ago. The answer is that though it was only after this last visit to Dr. Gold’s that I thought to actually write it down, I have been telling myself this story again and again for the last thirty years, taking it apart and unpacking it, examining each detail as I gather brokenhearted lovers do, though I have never had my heart broken and only rarely been a lover. You will say that remembering a story is not the same as remembering the thing itself. That, I do not have an answer for. Perhaps I am wrong about things. It would not surprise me. There's a sadness and a defeated quality to this one - it's like being told a story by Eeyore (now there's an image). Teenagers and vampires rarely end well, but the gloom of this story is mostly of the regular teen type. So why three stars? That's a tone that usually pushes me straight out of a story, but Daniel Polansky makes it readable even despite the depression that permeates it. Still, it's short, and if you were feeling just a bit too happy today, free to read here: https://www.tor.com/2021/10/27/baby-t...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Badseedgirl

    This is such a dark, dark tale, and there is so much left unexplained. It really has a haunting ending.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Pongratz

    3.5/5 This was a tough short story to rate, but in the end I gave it a 3.5/5. Vampires are a whole lotta fun, and this was something of a continuation of a marathon of vampire reads for me. Overall it was entertaining, but I thought there was some room for improvement. I liked the gist of the story. Teenager witnesses a vampire rising from death. A crazy hunt for a vampire serial killer ensues. It sounds like the perfect mix for a great story. The main character Graham was interesting. He played a l 3.5/5 This was a tough short story to rate, but in the end I gave it a 3.5/5. Vampires are a whole lotta fun, and this was something of a continuation of a marathon of vampire reads for me. Overall it was entertaining, but I thought there was some room for improvement. I liked the gist of the story. Teenager witnesses a vampire rising from death. A crazy hunt for a vampire serial killer ensues. It sounds like the perfect mix for a great story. The main character Graham was interesting. He played a lot of D&D (as have I in the past) with his friends, so I kind of just understood him from the get go. I also really liked the mystery element of figuring out how vampires work and what was really going on. Every world is different, and I love that about vampire tales. On the other hand, I felt we didn't get a complete story. There are bits that have time jumps over crucial moments with little explanation as to what happened after. That was really frustrating for me, and I'm not sure why the author did things that way. I'd prefer a longer, more complete story. From time to time, the writing could've been tightened up a little, and I didn't like how Graham would hint at what happened before it actually happened. Don't give away good info if you can simply show us what happened! This was an entertaining vampire read, I just wish the story would've gone a bit further than it did. Happy reading!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    It should be harder to kill a person. It shouldn’t be possible. We should be immortal, untouchable, beloved children of a just God. There is a flaw in the system. A mistake has been made. A perfect short story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Young kid goes on a mission with Blade. If there is anyone who can drive home themes of existential regret and fragility of life in a short story - it's Daniel Polansky. Young kid goes on a mission with Blade. If there is anyone who can drive home themes of existential regret and fragility of life in a short story - it's Daniel Polansky.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alina

    "Baby Teeth" by Daniel Polansky "Baby Teeth" by Daniel Polansky

  8. 5 out of 5

    Drew McCaffrey

    A story of adolescence; of fear; of the uncertainty of life at any stage; of the things you wish you did, the things you did but don't understand. Polansky does an excellent job of keeping the reader off-balance throughout this, constantly subverting expectations and writing in a jarring style that spans borderline illiteracy all the way to Shakespearean lyricism. This is the sort of story that leaves you wondering. A story of adolescence; of fear; of the uncertainty of life at any stage; of the things you wish you did, the things you did but don't understand. Polansky does an excellent job of keeping the reader off-balance throughout this, constantly subverting expectations and writing in a jarring style that spans borderline illiteracy all the way to Shakespearean lyricism. This is the sort of story that leaves you wondering.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mark Sidarous

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alecia

  11. 5 out of 5

    John

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ro

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katie Morrow

  14. 5 out of 5

    Medalí

  15. 5 out of 5

    La_Carroll

  16. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lucas

  18. 5 out of 5

    B.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lira

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anna Cundiff

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nerddancer

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gianna ⚴

  24. 5 out of 5

    Suzy | Gone Readin’

  25. 4 out of 5

    William Highton

  26. 4 out of 5

    Evi1

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eriq

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chris Hughes

  29. 4 out of 5

    Punkreader

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sky

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