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Archive for April 22nd, 2009

‘Commencement’ by Joyce Carol Oates

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Sarrantonio boasts that this is her first science fiction story but unfortunately what Oates has produced here is a dull and obvious re-working of ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson (right down to the inappropriately old-fashioned narrative voice). It is also much too long and starts to drag before it is even half way through.

Quality: **
Shiftiness: *

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22 April 2009 at 22:30

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‘What We Did That Summer’ by Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg

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This is the first story in the anthology that looks like it might actually be trying to follow in the footsteps of Harlan Ellison. The story is pretty standard though: a middle-aged man recounts an inexplicable event in his youth which has haunted him since. Well written but nothing more.

Quality: ***
Shiftiness: ***

Written by Martin

22 April 2009 at 15:58

Dark Waters of Hagwood

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From time to time I get hits from people searching for information about Dark Waters of Hagwood by Robin Jarvis. This sequel to Thorn Ogres Of Hagwood was due to be published in 2005 but there has been no sign of it, despite Amazon announcing a new publication date of February 2009 at the beginning of the year. I finally decided to email Puffin about this and they have confirmed that the series has been abandoned.

A great shame as Jarvis is a wonderful writer and I had high hopes for the series. He is still writing though and if you only read one anthromorphic mouse series make it the Deptford Mice trilogy (not the Deptford trilogy).

ETA: Apparently the book is written and Puffin have announced a new publication date of 2015 (see comment below) but since this is so far off I will continue to consider the book dead for the time being.

ETA 2: It lives! The book was published in 2013 and you can read my review at Strange Horizons.

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22 April 2009 at 11:16

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‘A Slow Saturday Night at the Surrealist Sporting Club’ by Michael Moorcock

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Pretty much unreadable story in which a bunch of comical grotesques sit around chatting shit with God in a private members’ club.

Quality:*
Shiftiness: *

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22 April 2009 at 10:27

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