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Johnny Cash

Today at work, a kid in year three was teaching me Korean swear words, so it was a good day. Even if I'm completely fucked from the combination of going out last night, daylight savings starting (or ending, whichever), and having to go to work with the time shift and lack of sleep.

Anyhow, here are two reviews of 'Johnny Cash', which appears now in The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction, 2, edited by Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt. The first one says that I am clever:

“Johnny Cash” by Ben Peek uses a clever narrative device (borrowed from JG Ballard) to tell a personal narrative. The reader is forced to participate in the story. It feels like reading a meme on a blog and trying to fill in the gaps. A lot of work for the reader without the payoff of emotional reaction. Clever, but not to my taste.


And the second tells you that I am a writer to watch:

Ben Peek’s contribution is “Johnny Cash”, a story told in the form of answers to a questionnaire. Peek is an interesting writer, constantly challenging and pushing the boundaries of the short story form. I’m not sure his experiments always work. Here, the series of answers recount of demon attacks and the protagonist’s role in reacting to that within his workplace. It’s a succinct way to tell a story but perhaps a little too clinical for my liking. Peek, though, is a writer to watch.


The funny thing is that neither reviewer enjoyed the story, but that's how it is sometimes, really.

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