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Deco Punk: The Spirit of the Age Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B012UABJEI
- Publisher : Pink Narcissus Press (July 27, 2015)
- Publication date : July 27, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 530 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 205 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,145 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"The Wollart Nymphs" reminded me of a pleasant stay on the RMS Queen Mary. The story includes characters that are interesting and a clever solution to a crisis involving a ghost ship.
"Judy Garland Saves the World (And I Don't Mean Oz)" features a waitress / tour guide. Like several other stories in the collection, the main character is an ordinary American with a story both innocent and charming.
"Corn Fed Blues" is a story featuring a young woman who has a chance encounter that is both touching and one that sets her sights on learning quantum mechanics.
"Airboy and Vooda Visit the Jungles of the Moon" is a silly, over the top ode to pulp fiction. I had the sense the writer had great fun writing this story.
"Symmetry" is set in Weimar Germany and has Emmy Noether as its protagonist. It is the most serious story in the collection and the atmosphere is haunting. It was my personal favorite and I recommended it for the Hugo short list.
"And Every Pebble a Soldier" is another serious story. Short on pages but not on impact. I wish more writers understood that brevity adds more than it takes away.
These are just the highlights of a very nice collection of short stories. I would love to see more Decopunk
With the ironic exception of the subtitle story, The Spirit of the Age, I found this to be an engaging set of short stories either set in the early decades of the twentieth century, or written in homage to the stories of the era. Unlike many Steam Punk stories, this volume did not pretend that people of color didn't exist, nor does it shy away from exploring characters whose sexuality is not straight. While some of the stories are no more than wide eye'd homages to real life people elevated by the stories into over the top heroism (Mr. Tesla's Radio Rainmaker, Losing Amelia), others explore social issues of gender (Bernice Bobs your hair) and race (Quick Silver). The Spirit of the Age is a lovely read, but you're left with no idea what happened as the author of that particular short doesn't make explicit what is in the box which is the focus of the stories' events. The best thing about the collection is that the stories as a whole are ones that, while a joy to read, also cause the reader to pause and reflect. I know of no better praise.