Why, thank you. I take it you have been looking for some time?]]>
My tweeted review:
More a celebration of language than science fiction, a metaphor that asks more questions than offers answers.
It’s one of the few stories I’m still undecided about. But since I’m still thinking about it, I think we must call it a success.]]>
On the main point: I absolutely agree. The very best short fiction anthologies I’ve ever encountered had maybe 2 knock-me-dead super stories, 3-4 good stories, and the rest were okay (or less good). The same, by the way, with music albums (except Simon and Garfunkel, who someone managed a higher average). In my highly fallible view. But then, the point of an anthology like this is, indeed, to provide a snapshot, a range of the best stuff. It sounds like it’s done that.]]>
I forgot to mention in the review that I received a free review copy of this book. Please keep that in mind.
Lee! I didn’t know you told jokes!
(actually, now that I think longer, that’s not true: I’ve seen your eight-cow wife)
And next time I will just email you and ask. (As you can see, I’ve learned to type again.)
I have yet to run into a story in DISPENSATION, though, I that could not make the arguement that â€œyes, this story belongs in the bookâ€ (even the ones of which Iâ€™m not all that fond)
I feel the same way. Even the ones I thought were lousy were not poorly written. And since she is the one who read short fiction for six months solid, and since I trust her, I choose to trust her here as well.]]>
Anyway, you wrote: “An anthology of this sortâ€“its job is not to provide you with loveydovey feelings all the way through. Its job is to represent the state of the artform …”
… and that’s spot on.
I am not 100% loveydovey about some trends in the state of the Mormon short story artform, so it stands to reason I would not be 100% loveydovey about the collection. In fact, _were_ I 100% lovedovey about the antho, that would be an indication the anthology failed to take an accurate snapshot.
I have yet to run into a story in DISPENSATION, though, I that could not make the arguement that “yes, this story belongs in the book” (even the ones of which I’m not all that fond) which further demonstrates Angela’s singular skill in selecting stories.
— Lee Allred
* Would a type of magic giving Theric instant access to a story to prevent crippled fingerly digits be “prestodigitation”?]]>