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Two Plans And Stories plans and stories are somehow related even if not directly connectedI have NEVER raised the uestion of someone not knowing what a word is or how I could explain such a concept to someone I always considered it an intrinsic concept The same with the fine line between righteousness and truth or the o Edit 2712 Just noticed that GR merged the reviews between Chiang short story rated 5 and this collection which I rated 3 But now because of the merge the collection has 5 stars rating instead of 3 which I will correct now of course GR Light As A Feather, Cold As A Marble (Weeping Willow people don t mess with our rating If you must choose between ratings choose the one for the collection not for the short one because this is your idea anyway not ours Therefore keep it straight A brilliant story about truth weaved from twoarallel The Life And Times Of Rosie The Riveter plans one about memories true vs fabricated the other about words written vs spoken Again Chiang manages toroduce a brilliant iece Not at all a light reading but well worthy of your timeIt can be read here reviewI thought this to be a collection of sci fi and fantasy stories and it turned out that its tales are mostly from urban fantasy horror and alternate reality Some are stunning some are ok others did not appeal to me at all However for the above genre s lovers I think it will be much enjoyable than it was for me I recommend it though because there is a wide variety of ideas and styles and it is impossible not to find something to lease you Even for the few I very much liked I still think it was worthy of my timeSome are to be found on ublisher s site if you d like a glimpse on them the link is in the title and below are a few words of my impressions on each Perfidia by Lewis Shiner an alternate history about the disappearance of jazz musician Glenn Miller Part thriller art mystery fast Randy Comfort Rise Again paced 35 Game by Maria Dahvana Headley another speculative fiction which is based on the killing of the men eater Champawat Tigress by Jim Corbett A story about regrets redemption and theower of nature 45 The Last Log of the Lachrimosa by Alastair Reynolds a story in Revelation Space universe both brilliant and chilling An extended review here 55 The Seventeenth Kind by Michael Marshall Smith the story of a skilled salesman who s able to sell anything to anyone aliens included lol Funny and nicely written 35Also there is a short movie made after it and can be found here Dispersed by the Sun Melting in the Wind by Rachel Swirsky heart wrenching apocalyptic story and a reminder that what we sow is what we reap 55 The Pile by Michael Bishop what the heck did I just read I can appreciate the love of a father for his son this story was written based on author son notes but I totally disliked the outcome Really creepy and nonsensical stuff 15 The Bohemian Astrobleme by Kage Baker a steampunk story in which a team goes in Meet The Vampire pursuit of a rare stone with somearticular ყინულის სასახლე properties Unfortunately it does not lead anywhere and at the end you ask yourself ok and Great idea not so great execution 25 Tanglefoot by Cherie Priest a steampunk horror story about a boy and his friends a sort of Chucky a senile doctor and a not so crazyatient hospitalized in an institution Might sound strange but it has a really touching approach on feelings about dementia 45 Hide and Horns by Joe R Lansdale a funny western horror story surprising combination with an unusual gunslinger The language slang like it is the strength of the story churlish yet hilarious and savory 45 Balfour and Meriwether in the Vampire of Kabul by Daniel Abraham another steampunk story featuring Balfour and Meriwether a couple very much resembling Holmes and Watson in which they are trying to decipher the mystery behind an evil spirit Iktomi and the Berries possessing the Emperor of Russia and Victoria ueen of England and Empress of India Unconvincing characters and too many clich s in the story 25 Last Breath by Joe Hill a couple with their child goes to a museum they thought to host an exhibit of science instead they found out that it was of silence Joe Hill does know how to write a creep. From its launch in 2005 to its final issue in 2014 Subterranean magazineublished stories by the leading lights of science fiction and fantasy literature From Hugo and Nebula winners to Pulitzer and Booker Prize finalists to New York Times bestsellers this anthology collects 30 ieces of Subterranean’s best representing diverse breathtaking short fiction from today’s modern mastersIn “ Last Breath” Joe Hill spins the tale of a man who collects the breaths of the dying for his haunting museum Catherynne M Valente’s “ White Lines on a Green Field” chronicles what might happen if Coyote became a small town high school uarterback Karen Joy Fowler’s “ Younger Women” finds a woman confronting her daughter’s new boyfriend who happens to be a vampire Visit the Twilight Zone via George RR Martin in the script “ The Toys of Caliban” In Ted Chiang’s “ The Truth of Fact the Y story Younger Women by Karen Joy Fowler a aranormalurban fantasy involving a vampire his adolescent girlfriend and her mother Nothing special about it 25 White Lines on a Green Field by Catherynne M Valente something about a cheerleader an American football Wild Pork and Watercress player and their teenage friends Skimmed through it didn t find anything on my taste 15 The Least of the Deathly Arts by Kat Howard aarable of love and death enveloped in oetry simply gorgeous 55 Water Can t be Nervous by Jonathan Carroll a story about love compromises and regrets Nice although I fail to see why was it included in this anthology
i didn t find anything fantastic in it didn t find anything fantastic in it Valley of the Girls by Kelly Link a mix between Egyptian mythology a virtual reality not uite sure about it though in a consumerism society Not in the least on my taste 15 Sic Him Hellhound Kill Kill by Hal Duncan a story with werewolves and vampires but nothing to say about it 25 Troublesolving by Tim Pratt a mix between noir and time travel Unfinished from my PoV 25 The Indelible Dark by William Browning Spencer I have no idea what I just read 15 The Prayer of Ninety Cats by Caitl n R Kiernan an alternate story about countess Elisabeta Bathory Freddy Krueger was an angel compared to how she s depicted here Horror at its best as a story and also as writing style 45 The Crane Method by Ian R MacLeod a story about a discovery and the curse around it Pretty solid 35 The Tomb of the Pontifex Dvorn by Robert Silverberg another story about a discovery but seemed unfinished to me Also it could be a dictionary of invented terms because I never encountered this many in a short story If I gather all the invented terms from Sanderson s series I don t think the number will match the one from here 15 The Toys of Caliban script by George RR Martin a story in Twilight Zone universe about a child with an unusual gift better said curse A really really creepy story masterfully crafted 55 The Secret History of the Lost Colony by John Scalzi first truly sci fi story in this anthology Part of Old Man s War universe 35 The Screams of Dragons by Kelley Armstrong another creepy story about a child who s having some strange dreams which trigger a series of awful events 35 The Dry Spell by James P Blaylock a story of a man and his obsession of rain odd tale 25 He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes by Harlan Ellison the author said as the end that this story is dedicated to his friend Ray Bradbury but only him knows what he meant because I for one did not get it 25 A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong by KJ Parker a story in the unmistakable style of KJ Parker and his witty twists 45 The Truth of Fact the Truth of Feeling by Ted Chiang A brilliant story about truth weaved from two arallel Articles on Works by C. S. Lewis, Including plans one about memories true vs fabricated the other about words written vs spoken Again Chiang manages toroduce a brilliant Interracial Romance BWWM piece Not at all a light reading but well worthy of your time 55 A Long Walk Home by Jay Lake the last story of this anthology is another sci fi one in which on a farawaylanet one man after a research deep under a mountain comes back and finds out that all the Gaddafis Harem planet sopulation of is gone and Puff possibly from the whole universe 35 ARC received from Subterranean Press Twitter SubPress via NetGalley I used to think my memory was reliable Then I tried to apologize to my younger brother for an act that had bothered me for decades Itrobably wasn t actually the worst thing I ever did to him and I was young enough that it should have been forgivable but still it Full review at my blogBest stories in this anthology A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong 2011 Alternate World novella by K J Parker about the creative genius of two musicians review The Truth of Fact the Truth of Feeling 2013 Near Future SF novelette by Ted Chiang about a Laid to Ruin (Lancelots Fall, perfect memory recording gadget review Worst stories The Secret History of the Lost Colony 2008 SF short story by John Scalzi He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes 2014 short story by Harlan Ellison review Contents 9 Perfidia 2004 thriller novelette about Glen Miller s death by Lewis Shiner review 49 Game 2012 Magical realism novelette about. Ruth of Feeling” the narratives of a journalist and a young man are told in contrast both impacted by technology and literacy And in Kelley Armstrong’s “ The Screams of Dragons” a boy is declared a changeling and things only get stranger from there Otherieces visit far flung space and intimate sick rooms the futuristic yramids of the rich and a jungle where a man eating tiger stalks a villageContents Perfidia 2004 by Lewis Shiner Game 2012 by Maria Dahvana Headley The Last Log of the Lachrimosa 2014 by Alastair Reynolds The Seventeenth Kind 2007 by Michael Marshall Smith Dispersed by the Sun Melting in the Wind 2007 by Rachel Swirsky The Pile 2008 by Michael Bishop The Bohemian Astrobleme 2010 by Kage Baker Tanglefoot 2008 by Cherie Priest Hide and Horns 2009 by Joe R Lansdale Balfour and Meriwether in The Vampire of Kabul 2011 by Daniel Abraham Last Breath 2005 by Joe Hill Younger Hunting tigers in 1950 by Maria Dahvana Headley review 79
The Log Of The Lachrimosa By Alastair Reynolds Horror Last Log the Lachrimosa by Alastair Reynolds Horror t read 125 The Seventeenth Got to mull this onereview to followMull it I did and I ve written reviews for 800 Bad, Bad Bluebloods (Rich Boys of Burberry Prep page novels that were easier than this This story is complicated it is a tad frightening and it is remarkably relevant If you have ever wondered where technology is going and think it has become too invasive you will find here your worst fears realized What is remarkable is that you will at the same time get a different view of how useful or harmful this invasion can be It is a short story I won t take you long to read it and Iromise you will be thinking about it hours and maybe days later It In the Cavern of the Night poses some interesting uestions and it has a twist that will whip you around Give it a go It s short simple and enjoyable story I saw a comment that this reminds a tv series called black mirror and i completely agree with it It s about all these new technologies contoling and taking over everyone s decisions in their hands So when you think This was a thoughtrovoking short story It is categorized as science fiction but really just in the sense that one thread of the story the bad boys of butte plants the reader at aoint in the future A future where technology has become so Romancing the Customer pervasive thaterhaps you don t need to learn or remember much of anything at all Sound a bit frightening and The Articles of Release (The Release perhaps not too far off track This is most definitely a relevant topic in our digital age A separate narrative takes the reader to aoint in the not too distant The Sleepwalkers past and examines the effect that the introduction of literacy has on a community Both stories will challenge you to consider memory and truth and what effect the recording of such concepts have on individuals close relationships and society at large What is in our nature that makes us inherently human and are we willing to sacrifice this for the sake of technology This story took a turn that I was not expecting and forced me to re think my beliefs all over again Well worth the read if you utilize technology or the written word Ahem I m looking at you Goodreads friend Very similar to Black Mirror s The Entire History of You it uses the same concept of having aiece of technology implanted that records all your life making it extremely easy to have access to every memory unaltered Ted Chiang takes a similar idea but what makes out of it is completely different offering another view of how such technology would affect individuals Review of Ted Chiang s story The Truth of Fact the Truth of Feeling Review was reassigned by GR librarians re categorising the story When you learn to read you will be born againand you will never be uite so alone again Rumer GoddenTwo stories separated by centuries and continents explore the ramifications of becoming literate versus the conseuences of being deskilled by technology for individuals and societiesIn the near future thread most Idle Ideas in 1905 people have outsourced much of their memory to lifelogs audio and video ultimately becoming cognitive cyborgsFar away Jijingi aged 13 is taught to read by a missionary the onlyerson in his village who canBoth technologies chang Truthful Shocking Philosophical Did not expect it I was actually uite skeptical about it up to The Twist than a half the story in And then it just shocked meThis short story will make you think about your own life and try to remember your own mistakes Because it can all apply to you too Nobody s exempt from this And you never think about it You don t even know what you might be hiding from yourself Humans are very interesting the way their Haunted Marion, Ohio personalities function Is there ultimate truth Does ultimate truth matter in the long run Do we always know who we really are Or do we justick what s convenient or maybe just what enables us not to crumble and go onOther than the uestions themselves this Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers, piece is written well I especially loved it how the author weaved the two stories together and how they reinforced theoint Very nicely done Some great writingI can t remember who recommended this to me but I know it was one of my Goodreads friends Thank you whoever it was. Omen 2011 by Karen Joy Fowler White Lines on a Green Field 2011 by Catherynne M Valente The Least of the Deathly Arts 2012 by Kat Howard Water Can't Be Nervous 2012 by Jonathan Carroll Valley of the Girls 2011 by Kelly Link Sic Him Hellhound Kill Kill 2012 by Hal Duncan Troublesolving 2009 by Tim Pratt The Indelible Dark 2013 by William Browning Spencer The Prayer of Ninety Cats 2013 by Caitlín R Kiernan The Crane Method 2011 by Ian R MacLeod The Tomb of the Pontifex Dvorn 2011 by Robert Silverberg The Toys of Caliban script 2005 by George RR Martin The Secret History of the Lost Colony 2008 by John Scalzi The Screams of Dragons 2014 by Kelley Armstrong The Dry Spell 2009 by James P Blaylock He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes 2014 by Harlan Ellison A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong 2011 by KJ Parker The Truth of Fact the Truth of Feeling 2013 by Ted Chiang A Long Walk Home 2011 by Jay Lake.