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Greetings From Lake Wu Paperback – November 30, 2003

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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Wheatland Press (November 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972054723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972054720
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,512,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Halpin on December 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
I like my fiction spiced pretty high. Entering the dangerous world of food analogies: "Greetings From Lake Wu" is a picnic buffet. A Lakeside picnic, even! See the nice cottonwoods, feel that breeze, laugh at the amusing clown. Ah! Now that we're all relaxed, let's dig into this spread.

The collection opens with "The Courtesy of Guests," a tasty little character-driven nugget set in a distant future. What's to be the fate of Earth, after mankind has long evolved off it? Hmm. Good to chew on, and two memorable buddies to compare notes with! No wonder this tale won the Best of Soft SF prize for 2001.

"The Scent of Rotting Roses" will likewise please sci-fi fans. Fresh enough to arouse interest, familiar enough to satisfy any appetite, this one smells like warm bread rolls to me.

"Glass: A Love Story"- chicken cordon bleu, baby! Intricate, beautiful, ostentatious... not your typical picnic fare. Stories like this (and there are several- damn thee, word limit!) make this collection absolutely hearty.

Like the dish contributed by some moustached aunt from the Old Country, I have no idea what "G.O.D" is. I tried some to be polite, but, huh? Same can be said for "The Trick of Disaster." Throwing a Frisbee for record-breaking distance is a great picnic game, but Lake's sailed this one way over many heads. Looked great when it was in the air, but I haven't a clue where it's landed.

The German potato salad of the collection is "The Murasaki Doctrine," bland filler which occupies about one-third of the volume. I dunno. Maybe some readers like rehashed space-opera. Some people like German potato salad. Gimme a surprisingly original dish with loads a chilli, any day.

Some more meat: "Jack's House.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
Jay Lake is a hot, new, and prolific writer of short fiction in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. You will hear more about him in the future (he's publishing like 30 short stories a year!). This is his first story collection and includes both new work and reprints spanning a range of genres and a range of styles. We have subtle horror in "Tall Spirits, Blocking the Night" to space opera in the "Murasaki Doctrine" to who-knows-what-it-is-but-it-is-good in "The Trick of Disaster." Other intriguing stories include "Jack's House" and "The Goat Cutter" and "The Angle of My Dreams." Two sophisticated far-future sf stories bookend the collection. There's also a foreward by World Fantasy award winner Andy Duncan.
The illustrations by Frank Wu are good and add an element to this book that similar books do not have.
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