Living near Boston means I hear more than enough about the Irish in Boston, the Kennedys in Boston, and crony politics in Boston. Thus when I meet with these Boston tropes in fiction, my resistance goes way up. In this case, I simply could not fight my way past my prejudices. I will have to leave to others the pleasure of reading If Angels Fight, by Richard Bowes, which I believe contains a poignant story about a lost boy and his guardian angel.
For a SF story set in Boston that’s more to my taste, I choose Zodiac, by Neal Stephenson. (Preemptive further reading!)
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*chuckles* Do you have any trouble reading stories about the North Pole?
I actually enjoy reading stories that are set, or partly set, in Southern California ’round where I grew up. A couple of examples are:
Both of these are by Niven Pournelle.
I’ve also enjoyed some of the novels by Dean Koontz. A couple of times I’ve thought about going and sightseeing in some of the places he describes. So far, I’ve managed to talk myself out of it. I more than half suspect that these places are more than half from his imagination, and I don’t really want to be confronted with the reality that the locations are entirely fictional.
A plug for Dean Koontz: Most of his stuff is pretty good. If you’re judging him by Demon Seed (the book was a total stinker and the TV movie wasn’t much better), read something else by him. He’s worth reading. Hey, you gave Robert Sawyer a second chance after reading Calculating God (yeesh! Now I have to wash my hands off with soap after typing the name of that awful book).
It’s not so much stories set in Boston, it’s stories using elements grown long familiar that don’t tell me anything new that I rebel against. Maybe I’m easily bored, but after you hear how great such and such was for the hundredth time, you start to tune out.
It’s a joke in the rest of the country, y’know.
On last night’s news, Ted Kennedy was shown circling a sports stadium in a golf cart. I was relieved to see that he wasn’t the one driving.
I’m not sure why another Kennedy would want to be associated with golf, though.
Q: What did Ted Kennedy say to Willy (Kennedy) Smith?
A: If I knew you were having problems with your girlfriend, I’d have offered to drive her home.
My point exactly.
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