Jun. 15th, 2012

johncoxon: ([Me] Reading)

69) ‘All the Young Kirks, and Their Good Intentions’ by Helena Bell
First published, 2012 – appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine #65

This one made me giggle, mostly due to the (unstated, but brilliant) central premise – all of the Kirks described within the novel live in Iowa, and are named such things as ‘Jamie’, ‘Tiberius’ and in one case, simply ‘Captain’ (the author’s blog entry on this concept is interesting reading). Other than this rather gorgeous conceit, this one didn’t really grab me very hard – there’s a range of stuff going on in the story, but I found it somewhat unfulfilling.

70) ‘Sunlight Society’ by Margaret Ronald
First published, 2012 – appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine #66

I really liked this story, initially for the cyberpunk aspect of what was going on, and then for the fact that it occurs in a world of superheroes. (This ties in nicely with last week’s superhero story, which I very much enjoyed.) The dialogue was witty and the backstory driving the events of the story are interesting. I particularly liked the ending, and the character’s final remark to the reader, which I found simultaneously apt and disturbing. This story is very relevant to today’s global situation, and I liked it.

71) ‘The Bells of Subsidence’ by Michael John Grist
First published, 2012 – appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine #66

This story was very poetic, in a way. The scenes I was imagining for the travel between the stars were psychedelic and colourful, contrasting with the melancholy of the protagonist between these times. At its heart this is a touching tale of a girl, separated from her childhood sweetheart, kept sane just by the sound of his name. The only criticism I have is that I was confused as to what ‘Subsidence’ was (in the context of the story), but I think the story gets away without explaining it.

72) ‘From Their Paws, We Shall Inherit’ by Gary Kloster
First published, 2012 – appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine #66

This one was kinda weird. Two threads go through the story, and it wasn’t immediately obvious to me, upon finishing the story, how they were connected. I think I’ve worked it out, though, and I feel like the story does what it sets out to do well – it gets you thinking, definitely. I must confess I wish that I hadn’t read about it, afterwards, on the author’s website, since I prefer the ambiguity and working it out for myself, versus things being put into black and white. I liked that the two threads are from very, very different perspectives, and any story that bemoans the current state of NASA’s funding is a story with merit!

73) ‘A Nice Jewish Golem’ by Ao-Hui Lin
First published, 2011 – appeared in Drabblecast #245

An interesting story about a golem, made by a female Orthodox Jew, and her concerns over his love life. I thought it was a cool concept and the story was very well narrated, but beyond that, it was only okay – there isn’t enough thought put into the ramifications of the idea on which the story is centred, and I guess I felt like there should have been more than what was there.

johncoxon: ([Me] Reading)

69) ‘All the Young Kirks, and Their Good Intentions’ by Helena Bell
First published, 2012 – appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine #65

This one made me giggle, mostly due to the (unstated, but brilliant) central premise – all of the Kirks described within the novel live in Iowa, and are named such things as ‘Jamie’, ‘Tiberius’ and in one case, simply ‘Captain’ (the author’s blog entry on this concept is interesting reading). Other than this rather gorgeous conceit, this one didn’t really grab me very hard – there’s a range of stuff going on in the story, but I found it somewhat unfulfilling.

70) ‘Sunlight Society’ by Margaret Ronald
First published, 2012 – appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine #66

I really liked this story, initially for the cyberpunk aspect of what was going on, and then for the fact that it occurs in a world of superheroes. (This ties in nicely with last week’s superhero story, which I very much enjoyed.) The dialogue was witty and the backstory driving the events of the story are interesting. I particularly liked the ending, and the character’s final remark to the reader, which I found simultaneously apt and disturbing. This story is very relevant to today’s global situation, and I liked it.

71) ‘The Bells of Subsidence’ by Michael John Grist
First published, 2012 – appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine #66

This story was very poetic, in a way. The scenes I was imagining for the travel between the stars were psychedelic and colourful, contrasting with the melancholy of the protagonist between these times. At its heart this is a touching tale of a girl, separated from her childhood sweetheart, kept sane just by the sound of his name. The only criticism I have is that I was confused as to what ‘Subsidence’ was (in the context of the story), but I think the story gets away without explaining it.

72) ‘From Their Paws, We Shall Inherit’ by Gary Kloster
First published, 2012 – appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine #66

This one was kinda weird. Two threads go through the story, and it wasn’t immediately obvious to me, upon finishing the story, how they were connected. I think I’ve worked it out, though, and I feel like the story does what it sets out to do well – it gets you thinking, definitely. I must confess I wish that I hadn’t read about it, afterwards, on the author’s website, since I prefer the ambiguity and working it out for myself, versus things being put into black and white. I liked that the two threads are from very, very different perspectives, and any story that bemoans the current state of NASA’s funding is a story with merit!

73) ‘A Nice Jewish Golem’ by Ao-Hui Lin
First published, 2011 – appeared in Drabblecast #245

An interesting story about a golem, made by a female Orthodox Jew, and her concerns over his love life. I thought it was a cool concept and the story was very well narrated, but beyond that, it was only okay – there isn’t enough thought put into the ramifications of the idea on which the story is centred, and I guess I felt like there should have been more than what was there.

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