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Leviathan Four: Cities.

surfing past the agony column and i caught sight of the anthology leviathan four: cities, edited by forrest aguirre and containing a story of mine. it's not a detailed review of the book, but it's pretty nice words, and shit, i even get a mention:

"The problem with talking about the Leviathan anthologies is that they elude categories more easily than they fall into them. There are a couple of obvious criteria for the Leviathan anthologies; the stories must be great and they should at least, allude to the theme. Beyond that, anything goes, and looking at the list of authors, you can see this is true. The writers here are the most daring that literature has to offer. In 'The Dreaming City', Ben Peek dreams of Mark Twain and Samuel Clemens, from Sydney to the Spirit World. Michael Cisco describes 'The City of God', following on the suggestions of Saint Augustine. And what more could anyone ask for than 'The Revenge of the Calico Cat', Stepan Chapman's guide to the garment district of Plush City."

check out the cover of the book here. the previous volume of the series was pretty cool, too.

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ironed_orchid
Aug. 28th, 2004 10:05 pm (UTC)
Nice review there. And the mention is good, especially when your name comes directly after the words "The writers here are the most daring that literature has to offer."
benpeek
Aug. 28th, 2004 10:10 pm (UTC)
yeah, i liked that too. i'm not even going to analyse it too deeply. it's good to just be mentioned in the same place as stepan chapman.
bodhichitta0
Aug. 31st, 2004 06:13 am (UTC)
The anthology got a Publisher's Weekly mention? How cool is that?

And Mark Twain indeed, not bad that, don't you think? :-) So VERY happy for you!
benpeek
Sep. 3rd, 2004 06:38 am (UTC)
i don't think this antho got one, but the last did. this might too, who knows.

mark twain is one of the main characters in the story. a sort of allegory for america. or american fame and influence, i guess. but yes, i am happy, and thank you :)
bodhichitta0
Sep. 3rd, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
I ordered it so I wouldn't forget to when it came out. Hopefully they'll remember to ship it to me... :-) Very excited to read your work--and anything with Twain as a character should be interesting. What do you know about the rest of the stories?
benpeek
Sep. 4th, 2004 12:33 am (UTC)
hey, coolness. thanks for the support.

as for the rest of the stories, i don't know anything. i know the majority of the other writers through their work, however, and the majority of them produce good work. the couple i don't care is down to taste. but still, it should be an anthology that is worth the money--good writers and nightshade books do real nice books.
bodhichitta0
Sep. 5th, 2004 06:09 am (UTC)
Well, I am sure I will enjoy some of the other ones even if they may not be what I normally read. I can usually find something to enjoy about almost any book... well, except for Nicolas Sparks and that guy who wrote that horrible Horse Whisperer book. And the Bridges of Madison County. Okay, okay, so maybe not ANY book, but I am truly not THAT critical of a reader. :-)
benpeek
Sep. 5th, 2004 08:43 pm (UTC)
you should be critical. it's good to be critical.

that said, i didn't read either of those books. i knew just by looking at them that they weren't for me. just knew.
bodhichitta0
Sep. 6th, 2004 05:30 am (UTC)
And I didn't finish them. :-) Thank God I only picked them up at the library. But that is what Hollywood makes it movies from--you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a Nicolas Sparks movie at the box office. Message in a Bottle might be the worst book I've ever attempted to read in my life. And I have read thousands of books. Thousands.

As for being critical--I know it's good. Since I am a writer myself I try to be respectful of the fact that the person is trying to say something, and hopefully put a LOT of hours into trying to say it. If it's shit I call it but if the story has potential--well, I try to see the potential. I'm a glass half full kind of reader.
benpeek
Sep. 6th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC)
potential is nice, but so many books have a little bit of potential, you know? it's rare for me to read a book that has absolutely nothing but utter trash in it. granted, i never read message in a bottle (the film with kevin costner was more than enough), but it's still pretty hard to find a book so awful that it has nothing going for it. and i think, you know, that might be one of the things as to why books kinda blow a lot these days--because they only succeed in little ways, and not big ones.

or maybe i'm just real picky.

it's probably more of the second than the first.
bodhichitta0
Sep. 7th, 2004 10:30 am (UTC)
See, I like you Ben, because you make me think. I think you have a very good point and it relates to what you talked about before--the rise of categorization/genre/marketing in the publishing world. I would also agree that most books nowadays--maybe 80 percent? succeed in little ways. You probably are really picky and that's Okay.

For that other 20 percent--the books nowadays that make a difference in a big way--is deeply subjective. Take two authors--one writes beautiful, original prose. The other one has a great premise, maybe a family situation or something that speaks to the reader personally (maybe they are articulating something the reader has experienced)and that author is more cliched but can definitely put his/her sentences together. If BOTH authors cause a change, a shift, a thought, an aha in the reader that wasn't there before, haven't they both made a difference in a big way?
benpeek
Sep. 9th, 2004 04:52 am (UTC)
(i replied to this last night, but livejournal hated me then)

anyhow, when it comes to authors that can influence you, it's really more of a personal thing, i reckon. no two people gte influenced in the exact same way, and you know, any good influence is something you cannot argue with, despite the quality.

however, that said, i've had really good thoughts while reading something bad. thoughts that make me realise what doesn't work structurally, or what would be a really good idea (because it was barely touched in this book). despite this, however, i know it's still a bad book and as a piece of literature, kinda useless. good thoughts because of bad writing don't necessarily give the bad writing an excuse to live :)
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