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An Election by [Scalzi, John]
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  • File Size: 159 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press (January 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006UKNF74
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By Tanstaafl VINE VOICE on May 6, 2012
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It is only right to have read this public service offering of Scalzi's in an election year. Though this story is about a local election, I'm sure the issues that our candidate, David Sawyer, must consider are as deep as those before our state and national candidates.

Surely, running against insects and other non-human species will be tough for a human candidate, especially since humans are in the minority in the district. What do you offer to voters whose wants are totally incapable of being understood? What do you offer voters who speak such a variety of languages that you can't communicate with more than a few?

Oh, yeah, this is politics. None of that matters if you can instead get enough publicity to overcome all rational reasons for people casting votes. So, there is no difference between David's candidacy and that of our regular candidates. Scalzi has captured that concept perfectly.

Throwing in David's husband, James and the interesting participation of Latasha Jenkins, the author presents the campaign and election in a nutshell, or nutsomething. Humorous throughout, "An Election" does also trigger a few reactions in other parts of the readers' brains. Though that can never be good for those seeking office.
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This is such a very short story, it really only warrants a short review. So here it is:
It's a cute short story. It's a sci-fi political satire. It's funny and well written. You should probably go read it now.
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There really needs to be a part two to this short story. We need to know if Canadians will be banned, if pets will be eaten, if massive corruption will be exonerated, thus ensuring the status quo. It ends like a guillotine. Hey, wait a minute, I'm not done with that!

While this is mostly a farce, and a review of current political climes extant today, it does have a measure of potential, that all is not as large and bad as it seems in the mirror. This is not a Heinleinian take on politics. This is closer to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, in the way it feels. One of the disenfranchised has decided to take on the establishment, even if the odds are stacked to a ridiculous degree against. There is hope and salvation in the made attempt.

I don't think you have to be a political junkie to enjoy this story. And maybe if you take your politics far too seriously for your own good, this may not be for you. But if you want a small taste of why so many do not want to have anything to do with politics, this will be an interesting read for you.

I didn't give it 5 stars because it needs as Paul Harvey would say, "The rest...of the story."
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John Scalzi is one of my favorite (relatively) new SF authors and I've devoured everything he's written.

The only thing that I can complain about this humorous quick-read short story is that it ends all too soon.

Ordinarily, I'd say that .99 for a short story is a bit excessive but this is worth the purchase.
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Short and sweet, a humorous stroll through the mechanics of politics without the distraction of current events and issues. My favorite type of protagonist, hapless, helpless, and without clue one. And a bad guy who wants to eat your cat! Who could ask for more (in a hundred pages or less)?
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John Scalzi writes, confidently, in a variety of styles, and this is an example of his more comedic style. I found the story charming, if a little goofy. The metaphor of the story is VERY thinly veiled, but the goofiness of the style makes you forgive that fact, because after all, it's not super serious. He makes his point though, and makes it quite well, all while telling an entertaining tale. I'm not sure if one (very) short story is worth 99 cents, but I don't have much buyer's remorse, so I guess it was.
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This is actually an interesting story but its so quick and straight forward that it's over before the reader has accepted the end is near. You expect some compaigning, so whacky alien busstops or something but that never happens.
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Funny, fast story, great for reading on a phone, more than delivers on the price for entertainment delivered. Nice to see a story with a gay lead character in which that is merely a character background detail.
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