Re: Iteration

If you’re feeling down about the state of the world and need some way to imagine it getting better, you could read “Iteration,” John Kessel. Enzo is a grumpy checker at Tyler’s Superstore surrounded by grumpy people, until he receives an email that says: “Re-invent the world.” Bit by bit, he does, and so do […]

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Re: A Whispering Voice

In a mix of rhymes, assonance, and chants, “A Whispering Voice,”  by Elizabeth Creith is a prose poem about what Goldilocks did after she escaped the three bears. The first line dares you to keep reading, especially out loud. Goldilocks stalks the forest walks in ragged socks, regretting the courage that made her so bold […]

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Re: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

I was expecting to love The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin. I love stories that mess about with gods.  It tells a cool origin story. There’s interesting magic that comes from writing.  It doesn’t hurt that I’ve met her and been tantalized by the prospect of reading the stories she wants to tell. I […]

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My 2010 Hugo ballot

I’ve finished my reading for the Hugo nominees. While I’m still digesting what I think and what I want to say about the last few stories, I have sorted out my feelings enough to know how I will vote.  As the votes are due by July 31, I’ll try to post the rest of my […]

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Re: Palimpsest (by Valente)

Some people write for the love of zombies and airships. Others for dinosaurs . Others write for the love of books and trains. And cities and maps. And deeply, deeply damaged people.  Palimpsest, by Catherynne M. Valente, tells the story of the things it loves in such bejeweled language, it seems to inspire still more […]

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Re: The City & The City

While I found The Windup Girl absorbing but unpleasant, I found The City & The City, by China Mieville more pleasant, but — up until the last third — soporific. Much of the pleasure comes from the language, not just in the prose, but in the invented languages, Besz and Illitan, and the invented cities, […]

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Re: Non-Zero Probabilities

Just because a story is nominated for both the Nebula and the Hugo doesn’t mean I’ll like it. And if I don’t, who cares? But if such a story was also written by someone I have known, however glancingly (she was the previous organizer of my SF Meetup), I do care.  So I put off […]

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