- File Size: 3412 KB
- Print Length: 376 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: John Joseph Adams (June 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 30, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LFAGOLI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! and Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects Kindle Edition
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HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! and Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects contains over thirty fictional Kickstarters of the SFF persuasion (you'll find nothing as adorably mundane as a grandmother making canes here). As in any themed anthology, the challenge is for each story to be fresh, embracing the theme while not being constrained by it. The book contains a fairly good mix of tones, topics, and narratives.
The majority of stories follow the traditional Kickstarter page design, which provides a familiar and intriguing structure. (Maurice Broaddus, however, cleverly sets "I Used to Love H.E.R." in 2005, pre-Kickstarter, but still follows the basic format.) As anyone who's visited a Kickstarter page knows, the most prominent and visible feature (next to the video, if there is one--and some writers do manage to incorporate the Kickstarter video into the text) is the set of three magic numbers: backers, funding, and days left. Thus, at the beginning of the story, you know the outcome of the Kickstarter. Did it fund? Did it overfund *wildly*? Was it canceled? Perhaps it's still ongoing. This information is relevant and important and influences how you read the rest of the story. For instance, in Mary Robinette Kowal's hilarious "Zero-G R&J," we know that the project is successful, so when it appears to hit a giant speed bump, we want to know *how* it recovers. After the numbers comes the pitch, the heart of the project: who is running it, what are they trying to do, and why are they trying to do it?Read more ›
One of the weaker parts of the book, however, are that a lot of stories seem relatively cookie-cutter and have little to differentiate themselves one from the next. A few of the themes got relatively boring the 4th or 5th time you've read it, and the similarity in format for these stories that were only mildly differentiated from one another led to them being relatively boring.
There are enough 5 star stories in the book to balance out the 1-3 star stories to make this book worth picking up, but don't be shy about skipping ahead if a particular story isn't doing the trick for you. Had some trouble deciding between 3 and 4 stars for what to rate it as, and opted for rounding up.
My favorites are Liberty by Samuel Peralta, Zero G R&J by Mary Robinette Kowal and Jerome 3.0 by Jason Gurley. I love that anthologies give an opportunity to sample authors that I am not familiar with.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The stories were all good but some were more suited to the format than others.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book emulates the Kickstarter text style so well! Definitely use default fonts when reading this, or you'll miss out on a good bit of the experience. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Dione Basseri
Some of these stories are hilarious and others are profoundly disturbing and creepy. Most innovative collection I've read in years.Published 9 months ago by Lily Banks, Painter
This book was a lot of fun. The authors went all the way with the concept of writing stories in the format of a Kickstarter campaign, and a lot of them were really creative - and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cameron Leigh Riggs
Full of great fun stories of the strangest sorts of folks (real and unreal) using crowdfunding to rule the world!Published 14 months ago by A. Kovacs
Ever visited Kickstarter? You'll come across some really great projects that deserve the best humanity has, but then there are others... Read morePublished 18 months ago by W. Swardstrom
Loved the format, and liked most of the stories, even though I personally have never been to a crowd funding site, I got it.Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
The stories are hit-or-miss, but the hits are great and the misses are short enough that you can skip right on past. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
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