Maybe instead of marketing genres we should have genres like “Interesting,” “Funny,” “Touching,” “Sarcastic,” “Snarky,” “Romantic”, etc? So a story could be “Funny Snarky Romantic”. And lets focus on story, anyway. Story can be book, movie, joke, short, etc.
So sad that this is still happening.
This was fascinating: Great images and installations, plus short write ups on how each was made:
After the tight focus of the other stories, this one feels sprawling. And sloppy: SWAT, Swat, swat – three different renderings of the same acronym? Yes.
It starts with a man murdered using a tako spear, apparently because his wife brought home the wrong picture from her Wine and Canvas event. Apparently the picture she brought home was actually a clue to a conspiracy by a large militant Native Hawaiian group (led by the obligatory evil maniac) to take over the state. Even at the end, when the maniac is caught, we’re told that this group has its deadly secret tentacles everywhere throughout the islands.
Nothing new here, with a strong trace of racism to it. And hypocrisy, since it was white American business men conspiring with the captain of a US Navy vessel in Pearl Harbor who took over the sovereign Kingdom of Hawaii using force. I regard this story as the usual “because we (white colonialists) are violent thieves that take things that belong to others, EVERYONE ELSE IS OUT TO DO THE SAME THING TO US!”
Bah. I didn’t particularly enjoy it. Not just for the racism, but also for the weak plotting and so-so characters. I might award this the booby prize as the worst story in the book.
Perhaps you’ll like it, anyway, so go buy your copy of the anthology, read it, and let me know what you think in the comments.
According to my blog stats, Mondays are the most popular viewing day, and 6:00 PM is the most popular viewing hour.
Flattering to think people view my blog to reward or console themselves after their Monday work day!
- Intel has whittled down the i7’s 4 cores to only 2;
- All my graphic processing tools support multiple cores/hyperthreads;
- And I’m planning someday to move to a camera with 24 or 36 megapixels, which will make working with panoramas really processor intensive
Someone please buy me one when it comes out, OK?
Here’s Powell’s City of Books May page about their staff:
Portrait of a bookseller
No matter where your local bookstore is, appreciate the people who work there!