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Going for Gold Paperback – August 30, 2012
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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The anthology IMO was very strong. I love sport stories, and of course I love the stories about gay athletes, I think some of them in the subconscious way can make it easier for real life athletes to come out in a sense. But this anthology is focused on olympics and maybe because I still remember how very excited the London Olympics made me, I really enjoyed allmost every story in it. I loved the competitive spirits these characters showed, I loved reading about how much they sacrificed in order to do what they love the most - to compete at the highest level and how wonderful it is when love is in the picture too.
As I said, I ended up loving all the stories in the anthology, just some little less than others and I did not hate a single one. I enjoyed that most stories did not bite more than they could chew for the short stories page space and did not try to squeeze the whole life story of the characters in there, just some special moments in the turning points of their lives. I really loved that most of the stories, while showing the talented athletes who have the winning potential did not make them all to win Gold medals (some did of course), I just think that too often than not it may be seen as very cheesy - additional cookie for the character so to speak :)
My very favourite story was the one by Sarah Madison - just so much believable detail about horses' training mixed with love story, I really enjoyed it.
I think that Olympics is a perfect setting to show off the emotions, tension, the kind of event which can make you do something extraordinary in your professional or personal life. Of course I am saying it from the spectator's point of view.
Whitley Gray's story about the Olympic shooter was my main reason for reading the book and it was beyond excellent. But I would not have missed any of these stories. What a great anthology. Although, now that I have devoured and loved every story a table of contents really would be nice.