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Grants Pass Paperback – August 22, 2009
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I hovered between giving this anthology four or five stars. I leaned toward four because I wanted to avoid the appearance of being a suck-up kind of reviewer. But, I had to go with five stars, because, dang it, I loved this book. I'm not sucking up, but if the publisher would like to send me a paper copy of the book (I read it on Kindle), signed by the editors and authors, that would be cool. Har.
It's obvious that this book wasn't just another thrown together anthology. No, this collection of works was a project, and a well-written, well-edited project at that. The overlying theme--that Grants Pass, Oregon could serve as a gathering place and refuge for survivors of the end of the world--is threaded deftly through all of the stories.
I love good anthologies, and I tip my hat to the folks behind the creation of "Grants Pass."
Personally, I am a slow reader, so if a book doesn't hold my interest, I'm not about to invest any more of my time with it. With that said, you might be wondering how Grants Pass faired? Swimmingly! There was only one story that I didn't really care for in terms of style and storytelling, "Black Heart, White Mourning" by Jay Lake, but the story did make me think and that's a good thing. Three of the stories actually made me cry.
The first of those was "Animal Husbrandy" by Seanan McGuire, the author of Rosemary and Rue, which hit me really hard, both when Seannan read it aloud at Soul Food Books and when I read it again on my own. As a parent, I connected with one of the character and the choices he has to make for the betterment of his child.
"Newfound Gap", by Lee Clark Zumpe, had me with hope, that desperate kind which pushes people forward. Sometimes that drive pays off and sometimes it doesn't. My need for Kleenex was based out of one of those two ends. I'll let you read the story and find out which.
Lastly, "Remembrance", by James M. Sullivan, sets us up with hope again, like several of the other stories. Like "Newfound Gap", the hope pivots around reconnecting with a separated loved one and doing whatever one can to survive.
If you like apocalyptic fiction with good character development and well told stories, I can't recommend this book enough.
The nineteen(including prologue and epilogue) stories gathered in this collection are about the overall idea of Grants Pass - a supposedly safe place to head if disaster strikes the country or the world, and of finding your own safe place, no matter where you might live. So there are stories that take place all over the world - very well-written stories at that, linked by this idea of Grants Pass, Oregon.
This isn't a survival manual but more of a treatise on the idea of safety and our humanity.
If I had to pick my favorite stories, they would be "Animal Husbandry" by Seanan McGuire aka Mira Grant and "Black Heart, White Mourning" by Jay Lake but I actually liked all the stories - not something that normally happens for me.
The constraint of a vague shared universe manages to strip away any thrill of exploring the mechanisms of the apocalypse itself, reducing it to convention and not a plot point or focus. That's a shame for some of the readers (like me) who enjoy that aspect. Unfortunately it doesn't make up for that with any sense of unity. The stories feel very disjoint, which makes the odd bookend bits even more awkward.
Some of the writers clearly made an attempt to represent a different point of view of the post-apocalyptic situation. Again this feels more like workshop output, and none rise to the level of being worthy of inclusion in a collection. They are sketches, probably flawed ones, not finished worse.
Give it a pass. Most of the authored have done far better work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The stories in this anthology center around an exercise in "what if" with some of the best writers of UF and horror contributing pieces which all center with the guidelines based... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J L Kempner
When I first read the premise for this book I was super sceptical at the idea of various writers all writing their own version of TEOTWAWKI as well as maintaining the same central... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Krimini
I couldn't get through the first twenty pages it was so badly written. After reading the reviews I was expecting much more. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by PattiesZone
A stellar group of authors tasked with getting their characters to Grants Pass. With a myriad of motivations and character traits, each story paints humanity in a disaster... Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Liked the stories. None of them took place in GP, where I have spent some of the best times in my life,
But the stories themselves were just fine. It was the dream..... Read more
Waste of money
I was very disappointed in this book
And really had nothing to do with Grants Pass which is a shame since it is the perfect survival place
This is a great collection of post-apocalyptic short stories based on a common premise. Well crafted, diverse and imaginative. I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published on October 22, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Grants Pass was very interesting and not at all what I expected. I knew it was a post apocalyptic book and I love these kinds of books. Read morePublished on August 22, 2012 by M. Ford