- File Size: 183 KB
- Print Length: 79 pages
- Publisher: Kindle Worlds (April 3, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 3, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JFHIMQI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,278 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The World of Kurt Vonnegut: Children's Crusade (Kindle Worlds Novella) Kindle Edition
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There's something really special about this story, a feeling of both transcendence and of being reminded of something very important.
I absolutely adore this take on the life, and the writing is seamless and interesting throughout. I especially love the conversations between Montana and Stained. I'm so glad I read this novella. It prompts so much reflection, making you - or me at least - think about so many aspects of being human, our values, our sense of happiness especially, of safety, and our need for understanding. In this setting happiness is a matter of perspective - is happiness dependent on freedom or safety? On accomplishment or participation?
If you like stories that calls for contemplation, I'm certain you'll enjoy the story too. I haven't finished reading Slaughterhouse Five yet, but after reading this, and Howey's Peace in Amber, I had to read the original, and so far I really, really like it, and I do see how both novellas echoes its style, while offering something new and compelling to the Vonnegut-Universe.
Fans of Vonnegut will embrace the characters and the setting, and will not be disappointed. This is no fan fiction. Standards are high in the Kindle Worlds - an exciting new venue and an idea I resisted until reading "Children's Crusade" (Peter Cawdron) and "Peace in Amber" (Hugh Howey). It's a risky undertaking: writing stories that remain true to the vision and style of the original architect.
You do need to be familiar with the master builder before reading any story in any of the Kindle worlds, so I advise you to read "Slaughterhouse Five" before reading this story (if you haven't already). But I promise, Cawdron (who is a brilliant author in his own right and has written several books in his own "galaxy") is practically invisible and I think Kurt would be proud.
. . . a new twist on an old story . . . brilliantly done!
Here we encounter Billy Pilgrim and Montana Wildhack in their alien zoo on Tralfamadore. Their zookeeper, a Tralfamadorian Montana nicknamed Stained, due to what looked like a birthmark on the face, has taken to visiting the humans when the zoo is closed, communicating with them telepathically as Tralfs do. Perceiving time as a true fourth dimension they can browse at will, Tralfs are fascinated with humans who, apart from Billy, live sequential lives and cannot jump around to explore events in their history.
Stained, like most Tralfs, believes that most momentous events in history are the work not of great leaders but of "little people" who accomplish great things when confronted with extraordinary circumstances. He (pronouns get complicated when there are five sexes, so I'll just pick one) sends Montana and Billy on telepathic journeys into human history, one at the dawn of human civilisation and another when a great civilisation veered into savagery, to show how a courageous individual with a sense of what is right can make all the difference. Finally they voyage together to a scene in human history which will bring tears to your eyes.
This narrative is artfully intercut with scenes of Vonnegut discovering the realities of life as a hard-boiled reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago. This story is written in the spirit of Vonnegut and with some of the same stylistic flourishes, but I didn't get the sense the author went overboard in adopting Vonnegut's voice. The result worked superbly for this reader.
But even then, I found this story enjoyable. I have no idea how this relates to Slaughter House Five, but that did not take away from story at all. I still felt connected to the characters, and the journey that they went through and the ones that Stained puts them through. And I love the message behind it.
Being a novella, it is short and is definitely worth the read.
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