This inventive short story collection earned rave reviews when it debuted in 2006, and with good reason. Author Scott Snyder, now known for his work in comic books, crafts beautifully dark short stories that teem with insight. His flawed characters are sympathetic and familiar even when they are trapped in unusual circumstances: chasing blimps, guarding dumpsters, working in wax museums, managing car wrecking yards. Though some stories come to a more satisfying ending than others, all are well worth the trip. Performer Kevin T. Collins brings Snyder's crisp prose to life with just the right touch of dramatic intensity, heightening the pathos of these well-told and original tales.