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The Return of Johnny Cash

'Johnny Cash (a tale in questionnaire results)' has ended up on ASif 2005 recommended reading list.

I thought the list would be a lot... longer, I guess. I'm used to long recommended lists. It's not the case here, which is cool, because sometimes recommended reading lists can be so long it defeats the purpose of having one. As far as I'm concerned, a short list is a good list, even if I don't agree with it (and given some of the stories, I don't). It would have been nice to have a write up for the list, considering some of the stories aren't reviewed on the site, but maybe next time, or never. Who knows.

If you're curious,there are reviews of 'Johnny Cash' on ASif (just follow the link) and, while it isn't online, it now appears in The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2005, edited by Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt.

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speshal_k
Jul. 21st, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)
Have you got Thom Yorke's new album then? Doesn't it have the most fantastically amazing cover art? My brother turned up with it one day and I had to borrow it so I could scan and photocopy it. Ripped the album too, but have only listened to it once or twice and can't really remember it... But the cover's enough for me, really :-)


Re: List. Do you disagree with multiple listings or just one?
benpeek
Jul. 21st, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
yeah, i do think the cover art is fantastic. i bought it for that, i think. it tipped me over. the album i don't mind, but i think it'll make a good background, write to album, which is fine. i'm good with that. i need albums like that.

but the album art is just cool as. no idea who did it. yorke? he did everything else on the album, from what i hear.

what's the deal with the multiple listings?
speshal_k
Jul. 21st, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
It's not Thom Yorke - it's someone else and he is credited on the cover somewhere. (Mostly scanned it to do a post for my art blog, but have not got round to do it :-P)

The other cool thing is that the river is the Thames, and the skyline is London (which is probably self evident :-)

I was probably being too subtle re: multiple listing. I *meant* do you only disagree with "Memory of Breathing" being on the list, or were there others? You may refuse to answer if you think it will incriminate you :-)
benpeek
Jul. 21st, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
the album cover is by stanley donovan. it's a lino etching, of course.

as for the stories, a lot of them i review for the aurealis thing, so my opinion is pretty public. with the exception of the sussex and the warren and jamieson pieces for short fiction, i don't reckon any of those stories deserve to be there. i also thought SHADOW BOX was pretty awful, but it may be that my type of horror doesn't run to that kind of stuff (it reminds me of rob zombie films and texas chainsaw massacre remakes, all of which hold no interest for me) and i was put off by the number of cummings pieces in it.
catsparx
Jul. 21st, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
"with the exception of the sussex and the warren and jamieson pieces for short fiction, i don't reckon any of those stories deserve to be there"

Ben, don't you reckon this comment is a little harsh? Its a recommended reading list not an awards list, or even a best of list. Are you sure your story is so much more worth reading than everybody elses? Are you sure mine isn't worth reading?

Just asking
benpeek
Jul. 22nd, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
i was asked what my opinion of the things on the list was, so you should take it in that sort of casual back and forth kind of way. i didn't say (or even imply) that any of the stories were stronger than mine. are they? who knows. your mileage will vary. the comment though, it was just a casual comment, nothing deep or meaningful, but i don't reckon most were anything special, and that was what i was asked.
girliejones
Jul. 22nd, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
But see, that's *entirely* the point. The list is what a group of individuals, or rather at least three of the group of individuals thought was worthwhile to read from what they had. It's just as meaningful or meaningless as any other list.
benpeek
Jul. 22nd, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
i don't see what the big deal is with this. i was asked my opinion. i said it. it's a sentence. why the hassle? if we all agree that mileage varies, why is my opinion a problem?
girliejones
Jul. 22nd, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
i dunno, i guess i was reiterating that?
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