- File Size: 703 KB
- Print Length: 212 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612423418
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Phoenix Pick (December 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LX6VRW3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046,858 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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These collections of short stories usually have some stories that are fantastic and a few stories that are frankly duds. Each story was imaginative, the characters where interesting, and the situations were rather though-provoking.
"Hunting of the Snark" took the whimsical Lewis Carol poem and turned it into a serious adventure. "Benchwarmer" tells the story from the point of view of a toy but much more impactful than the movie "Toy Story".
"Report from the Field" was an extremely imaginative story told from the point of view of an alien wondering if Earth is ready to join the rest of the community in the universe and how certain situations can be grossly misinterpreted.
"The Close Shave" and its sequel "Making the Cut" was simply silly, imaginative and fun. What happens when you have the local "safe place" where all sorts of gothic horror characters can socialize?
"Soulmates" of course being the title story was my favorite. What happens when a "broken" man meets a robot who is programmed to fix things. The dialog in this was very deep and in some cases philosophical.
I have read many Mike Resnick stories over the years. Some I love, some I intentionally forgotten. If this is what happens when Lezli Robyn joins forces with him, he should keep doing these collaborations. This is the best collection of short stories I have encountered in a long time.
That said, every other tale provides interesting and enjoyable reading. Two stories are individual efforts.
Lezli Robyn gives us “Anne-Droid of Green Gables”--a delightful take on the Avonlea books by Lucy Montgomery. I look forward to a planned expansion of the story. Resnick’s fine “Hunting the Snark” is a very unusual piece that interpolates sections from the poem into key moments of the strange plot.
The remainder of the stories are collaborations and (with the exception mentioned above) they all work well. ‘Benchwarmer” is an unusual and sensitive study of a child’s fantasy-friend. I found the gentle “Idle Rooner” a bit reminiscent in tone to Simak”s “A Death In The House” though the plots are entirely different. “The Close Shave” and “Making the Cut” are quite entertaining comic pieces. They are followed by “Shame” which is quite serious in tone and theme. The excellent title story rounds off the collection and while it certainly is a stand-alone, I felt that it could possibly initiate a series.
Each story is accompanied by interesting remarks by the authors.
All-in-all the collection is well-organised, varied, imaginative and gives considerable pleasure.
I grew up reading SF (including wonderful short stories) by the likes of Arthur C. Clarke, Heinlein, Asimov, et al, so I'm not easily impressed. This collection managed to impress me, and I was delighted to read it. A good short story is a work of art; in the same way a miniature has all the elements of a larger painting, so a short story encapsulates everything that a novel would - but on a much smaller canvas. These stories delivered: they had deft touches of humour and whimsy, but also struck a deeper chord. They were delightful, charming and imaginative, each one a gem.
As someone else said, if this is what happens when these two authors collaborate, they should do it more often. Congratulations to them, and I would recommend the book without hesitation.
Note to Amazon: you need to correct your listing for this item. The book has two authors: Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn. To omit one half of any writing team is unacceptable, but when it's the younger, female half, that's just downright embarrassing. For you. Shame on you (and I hope by the time my review is approved the book's web page will have been corrected).
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