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Lections freuently going ut f print it s not necessarily a problem if they had been From the brilliant look at the true last f the dodo s in The Ugly Chickens to his short seuel to War Our Planet: Our Home of the Worlds in Nightf the Cooters and the brilliant alt history Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 of Heartsf Whitenesse and Us there s something for every taste IF YOU VE NEVER READ ANYTHING BY WALDROP YOU you ve never read anything by Waldrop you it too yourself to do so I picked this up because I was entranced by Waldrop s book Them Bones even though I thought that work incomplete in some waysWaldrop is an inventive clever and very good writer except when he isn tMost f the stories in this small volume are uite good but a couple f them left me cold I suppose that is not too unusual in a collection Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings of short stories writtenver a number f yearWaldrop writes in a number f genres and that alone makes him very interestingIf you are a fan r just curious about him this might be a book worth dipping into I came across ne f these stories in

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anthology and immediately wanted read Waldrop seems sort f like a combination f George Saunders Richard Brautigan and the Twilight Zone and judging from this collection he seems to write a lot f alt histories This book has afterwords by the author for each story and at first I found his liberal use A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) of italics kindf irritating but then I decided it was very charming possibly because in the afterword for Wild Wild Horses he says that he doesn t really like fantasy so when he got an idea for a fantasy story he was disappointed Then he decided it would be k to write a fantasy as long as it was a fantasy story as if it were happening to truck drivers I will. Classics like The Ugly Chickens and Flying Saucer Rock n Roll and Heart f Whitenesse and many but there are two r three times as many terrific Waldropstories eually good and sometimes eve. Hi My name is Steven J Vaughan Nichols I write for a living Here s what I can do I can Explain Deeply Technical Subjects To deeply technical subjects to layman I can a living Here s what I can do I can explain deeply technical subjects to a layman I can intelligently about technology business and legal issues I can even be amusing and every now and again I can write a memorable line What I can t do is write magic Howard Waldrop writes magicThis collection f short stories is filled with gems In the End of the writer s art His themes are basedn science fiction but they re rooted in the human heart and experience I like what I do but I wish I could write like he does I can t As many SF editors will tell you no ne else can write like he does Perhaps it s just as well It makes his magic even precious I picked this book ut because f the story about the dodos It s the best story f the whole book A funny thing happened when I bought this book The wner became so excited at my choice I thought he was going to propose marriage Had a great chat with him a Another collection f short stories by the always entertaining Howard Waldrop Waldrop is a writer f very intelligent short fiction The stories in this collection garnered a Nebula and a World Fantasy Award win along with nominations stories in this collection garnered a Nebula and a World Fantasy Award win along with nominations five Hugos four Nebulas a Sidewise award and a WFA Waldrop absolutely never writes down to his audience He does a ridiculous amount f research for his short stories and just expects you to keep up That s a lot easier keeping up now with the internet I suspect that reading some f his stories in the pre internet days could have been daunting There s not a bad story in the lot About half f these had not been seen in previous collections though with Waldrop s col. The The Age of Treachery only problem with THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME is that it's not nearly long enough Sure sure it's chock fullf great stories by the best short fiction writer f his generation modern. Definitely be tracking down f Waldrop S WORK THE FASCINATING THING ABOUT work The fascinating thing about Waldrop is how he is able to make each short story completely uniue THE AUTHOR TAKES AN IDEA AND author takes an idea and a story The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy outf it that is very different than everything else This collection somehow defies genre definitions and conventions to ascend to a higher level Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite of speculative fiction Let me just uote three lines page 44 Ray Zoot and Cornelius all looked like they had thirty two lane bowling alleys inside their heads and all the pin machines were down page 90 I Italian priests with crosses you coulda barred a livery stable door with page 110 The light was so bad in the bar that everyone looked like they had been painted by Thomas Hart Bentonr carved from dirty bars Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) of soap with rusty spoons The last is anpening line and it sure kept me reading In these stories Waldrop reveals himself to be a science fiction writer concerned with the past Two f his most famous stories are about an extinct species The Ugly Chickens and an extinct way f life Heirs to the Perisphere He devotes an entire story to a single defunct technology Mr s Show His alternate are set variously in the nineteenth century the Elizabethan era the first century and even in pre historic timesThe author s nar This is a lovely collection When a Man Loves a Woman of great SF stories Not for the spacepera crowd these tend to explore the fantastic as encountered by figures f the present and past with alternate histories and famous historical figures appearing regularly You ve probably read several f these in YBSF and Keep From Falling other collections but here s a chance to really get to know Waldrop s work. N better that have been leftut for want Catalogue the Insanity of space There'snly Blessed Homecoming one solution Read this book and then gout and track down all Shrek of Waldrop'sther collections and read them too George R Mart.

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