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People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy Paperback – December 14, 2010
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The strength of Michael Chabon's contribution to this uneven anthology, "Golems I Have Known, or, Why My Elder Son's Middle Name Is Napoleon: A Trickster's Memoir," only emphasizes, by contrast, the middling quality of many of the other 19 entries. Chabon blends reality and fiction in his fascinating account of how his life was affected by meeting golems. The most science-fictional tale, Matthew Kressel's "The History Within Us," explores Jewish and alien concepts of the afterlife 6,000 years in the future. The line between fantasy and scripture blurs in Rachel Pollack's "Burning Beard," which explores Joseph's gift—or curse—of dream interpretation. There are probably interesting reasons why there are no Jewish Narnias or Middle Earths, but the short introduction offers little guidance. (Mar.)
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Top Customer Reviews
My VERY favorites for narrative strength:
1. Peter S Beagle, "UNCLE CHAIM AND AUNT RIFKE AND THE ANGEL"
2. Glen Hirshberg, "THE MULDOON"
3. Jonathon Sullivan's "NIELS BOHR AND THE SLEEPING DANE"
4. Tamar Yellin's "REUBEN"
5. Michael Blumlein's "FIDILETY: A PRIMER"
My favorites for uniqueness of plot:
1. Neil Gaiman's "THE PROBLEM OF SUSAN"
2. Matthew Kressel's, "THE HISTORY WITHIN US"
3. Max Sparber's, "ELIYAHU HA-NAVI"
4. Elana Gomel's "GOING EAST"
Rose Lemberg's "GEDDARIEN"
Just plain fun, but with deeper layers:
Michael Chabon's "GOLEMS I HAVE KNOWN"
Rachel Pollack's "BURNING BEARD" (felt sacrilegious)
Don't give up after the first few stories, their quality gets better! The anthology could have been enhanced by including a few NON-fiction editorial essays on the subject matter.
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