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Monsters & Mormons Paperback – October 31, 2011
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As a former Mormon this book was perfect for me. I don't have any faith to test, and I got all the in-jokes and culture and theology. I loved the mix of Mormon culture with folklore more ancient -- or in the far future. Ghosts and zombies and aliens meet pioneers and BYU students and missionaries.
My favorite stories tended to be sci-fi. What would happen if Mormons met aliens? What if God's other children are interplanetary beings who know more about God than we do? I would love to see an entire anthology of Mormons in spaceships and Mormons dealing with future (or past?) technologies. And indeed, I was tempted to write a few of my own.
A couple of the stories I did not like, notably "Brothers in Arms", which ran a bit long, and military-based settings tend to turn me off, as do zombies.
But most of the stories were enjoyable and even great. I took my time and read this anthology over a period of months, so I will try to list my favorite stories, but I'm afraid I may forget the best parts of some of the earlier ones.
"Charity Never Faileth" by Jaleta Clegg tells of a green jello salad incident in Relief Society. I laughed my face off.
"The Living Wife" by Emily Milner is an interesting scenario and I loved the tension.
I loved the fry sauce bit in "Pirate Gold for Brother Brigham" by Lee Allred.
"Bokev Momen" by D. Michael Martindale is one of the sci-fi stories, including awesome aliens with biological-based ships who encounter their first human.Read more ›
But back to Monsters...A better title might have been: Joe Mormons, Monster-slayers. Have fun.
1) the characters speak, act, and feel in ways that are characteristically Mormon, even though they find themselves in situations that no Latter-day Saint has ever experienced (as in "The Living Wife," "Bichos," or "The World."
2) it is fascinating to see the Mormon "cultural map" overlaid on the new territory of terror, outer space, and alternate histories. This creates thematic spaces ripe for exploration of ethics, internal conflict, and the soul (especially in "Let the Mountains Tremble..." and "Out of the the Deep.")
Highly recommended if you are/were LDS or have lived close to Mormon culture.
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Yes, this is designed for a specific audience (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), but there are plenty of tales that do not require full understanding of... Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by Craig A. Smith
Although there are some uncomfortably sacrilegious stories in this book, the rest were entertaining and sometimes hilarious. Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Scott hoskins
I really enjoyed this book. I was able to try out multiple genres and It was fun.
I have hopes for more of these short story books.
Really enjoyed the myriad of surprisingly different stories. We can write gripping fiction ;)
Loved the variety and thought provoking moments.