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Selected Shorts and Other Methods of Time Travel Hardcover – February 8, 2011
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Dark stuff, indeed, but worth a chuckle and a second thought page after page. Indeed, accompanied by the clever illustrations of Antoneo Deleo, each segment of Selected Shorts is imbued with an initial lightness, as in a children s book. This device ideally positions the reader for a number of shocks, when tales conclude with a guffaw-inducing, vaguely Roald Dahl-esque endings. In short, Selected Shorts is a novel told through a series of loosely grouped episodes, some of them mere anecdotes, others fully realized short stories. The subject? A world in decline. That Goodberg s vision of such a fictional future closely resembles the here and now gives us something nasty to think about when we finish the book. And in that sense the author succeeds in getting under our skins. Selected Shorts is worth a read for the advanced reader not allergic to science fiction themes, and interested in delving into what it means to be human. Those who would like to time travel through a few hours of their lives being entertained should read this book. --Foreword Reviews
Goodberg offers up 37 episodes, ranging from one-page vignettes to full-fledged stories, exploring alternate time lines, grandfather paradoxes, human-alien relations, and get-rich-quick schemes, often with clever twists and unexpected results. --Publishers Weekly
The timeline as we know it meets the cruel tendencies of the tourists, and the tourists meet the cruel tendencies of time. Selected Shorts and Other Methods of Time Travel is an excellent pick of short fiction, highly recommended. --Midwest Book Review
About the Author
David Goodberg has a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master of Science in Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Through his work as a painter, photographer, filmmaker and writer, Goodberg uses the theories and possibilities of time travel to delve into our most basic daily routines. Born and raised in the Midwest, he resides in Los Angeles, California, where he continues to write and develop film and book projects.
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If you are not thinking about how you view things in your life when you are finished with one or more of these short stories, you are not reading the book correctly. The stories are entertaining, and make you evaluate many things going on around you.
I am happy to have been chosen to review this book, I highly recommend this to anyone with a sense of humor and a brain.
First off, I am a fan of short stories. I love being able to read something, put it down, and come back to it again without having to remember where I left off. And David Goodberg writes each story with such flow and humor, that you find you can't wait to see what story comes next.
Now, let me tell you right now: that you do NOT need to be a sci-fi fan, or a time -traveling fan to love this book. Does it help? Absolutely. But each story is so good all on it's own, that I guarantee everyone will find at least ten that they love.
I think that reason that I love this book the most, is because it reminded me of episodes of the Twilight Zone. You know how the Twilight Zone would take something normal and turn it on it's head (like a 6-yr-old Monster, or a killer doll)? That's exactly what Goodberg does in some of his stories. He takes these ideas of time-travel, peace on Earth, success - and he turns them on their heads, and really makes you think about the present even though his books are set in the future.
You also can't bypass the illustrations in this book. There are not too many of them, but they are fantastic and seem to fit the tone of the entire book perfectly. There are also little quotes in between each short story that are awesome! My favorite one was posted here on GoodChoiceReading, but I will post it again:
"Twenty-five years after the Worlds War of 2267 ended, large populations of Earth were left in mired in poverty. Nowadays, extra-terrestrial civilizations take vacations in the area to view the ancient landmarks and historical sites. They photograph the poverty-stricken conditions and don't lift a finger to do anything about it even though they come from a civilization that's far more advanced and has the means to help."
You have absolutely got to give this book a try - it's well-worth it!
This is David Goodberg's debut and a collection of shorts. I almost hesitate to put that in the beginning of the review because a lot of people avoid short story collections. However, if you like time-travel and a wry sense of humor, read it! It was a thoroughly enjoyable collection. Again, I was grateful to follow a bit of a drag-read (Rut - see my blog, [...], for review) with something so full of life, recharging my reading-stamina.
The short stories in Selected Shorts are amusing with often serious underlying morals or implications. Following each short story was a blurb, lesson, thought, etc. -- sort of a mini-story that filled up less than a page. These blurbs were at least as enjoyable as the stories themselves and often gave me pause. The stories are tied together by the world that has been established by Goodberg, even if the characters within the stories have nothing to do with one another. (e.g., the companies that developed time travel are frequently discussed, even if a character from the first story would never come into contact with a character from the 10th story, who lived a couple hundred years earlier/later in time).
Overall, the book kept my interest and each story only made me want to read the next more. Oh, and the illustrations warrant note: they were a perfect companion! I refrain from saying anything more beyond, Pick it up and read it. It is worth your time. (hehhehheh...)
Recommended for people who like time travel and have a sense of humor... not to mention Hope for our future!