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Beating the nice nice nice thing to death (with fluffy pillows)

‘Commencement’ by Joyce Carol Oates

with 2 comments

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: *

Written by Martin

22 April 2009 at 22:30

Posted in sf, short stories

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  1. “It is also much too long”

    This is a recurring problem with stories by Joyce Carol Oates.


    22 April 2009 at 23:18

  2. Right off the bat, I was thinking it was some kind of homage to Shirley Jackson and wondered why Sarrantonio didn’t mention it.


    5 December 2009 at 13:13

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