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Greetings From Lake Wu Paperback – November 30, 2003
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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.Read more ›
The illustrations by Frank Wu are good and add an element to this book that similar books do not have.