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- Print Length: 212 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612423418
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- Publisher: Phoenix Pick (December 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LX6VRW3
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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.
Soulmates is a collaboration by Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn. I had been reading and enjoying novels by award-winning author Mike Resnick for some time now. Lezli Robyn was new to me. All but two of the stories were collaborations. "Anne-Droid" of Green Gables (my favorite by far) was by Ms. Robyn alone. "Hunting the Snark" (yes, Lewis Carroll in space) was by Mike Resnick alone. All of the stories in this collection are about "companionship" and are largely light-hearted. Sometimes I don't read enough humorous science fiction. Some of the stories, however, are heart-wrenching.
These stories are also universal. In fact, quite a few have been translated into other languages and either have been nominated for or won literary prizes in other countries.
In short, this Soulmates short story collection is a special treat not to be missed!!
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.
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