- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Tor.com (October 17, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765394898
- ISBN-13: 978-0765394897
- Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.8 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After reading the first chapter of Anders' All the Birds in the Sky, I knew that I'd look forward to devouring anything else she wrote. Her is writing is lively without feeling over-worked, funny without being the written version of a Keystone caper. Each of the stories in this collection is set against a different back drop - space, post-apocalyptic world, etc. - and each brings something fresh to those tired old chestnuts. Perhaps not in dénouement, but certainly in execution and presentation; my funny bone is difficult to tickle, and I found myself laughing out loud at several points while reading "The Fermi Paradox Is Our Business Model." But don't worry - if you're not looking for humor, you'll find other emotions here as well.
The long and the short of it is that I'm not well spoken enough to describe my reaction to this book. It was a breath of fresh air after 20 years in a port-a-potty. It was waking up one day, 20 years old again, but with all your 40-year-old memories and a perfect plan for how to do everything just right. It was opening and discarding a hundred books full of trite, overwrought writing, pandering plots, and boring/loathsome characters, and having a Ray of Enlightenment shine out of the 101st.
And no, I'm not overreacting.
I read on average 4-5 books per week. For one to stay with me so long is really unusual.
I'm happy to report that each story in this collection maintains that same impact. All are wildly different in content, but hold an otherworldly charm that pulls you in close and leaves you hungering for more.
Charlie Jane Anders is an exciting voice in fiction and I, for one, can't wait to devour her next offering.
*one of the stories is a previously published work, six months, three days.
The title short story concerns the ultimate "opposites attract" couple: a man who can see the future with certainty and a woman who can see various possible futures that stem from choices she makes. With their different abilities, they each agree they are doomed as a couple, yet neither breaks away (or maybe can break away) from the relationship early. It's not absurdist, but it's heartbreaking and heartwarming in all the right places, and your brain will have fun trying to figure out how they can both exist. Because paradoxes are the most fun thing about books on time.
I didn't love every story. The Cartography of Certain Death really left me cold, for instance (though I loved the "Tomb of the Unknown Emperor"), but the good stories are just so very good.