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Strange Horizons has reviewed Polyphony Six and the reviewer, Paul Kincaid, has called my piece the 'single best story' in it:

These are stories of disillusion. There are no positive stories here, there aren't even stories of battling to a glorious defeat. We are defeated before we begin. These are stories of people who have looked at the world and found it wanting, and now just want to surrender to the sadness. Ben Peek's "Theleeharveyoswaldband" is the single best story here, a barely science-fictional account of a musician's celebrity as a result of being lauded in blogs. But at the heart of the story is his despair at a literal emptiness inside him. Music seems to provide a ready metaphor for such emptiness.


I'm not sure he enjoyed the collection as a whole, though, and I do tend to disagree with some of his opinions, but that's how it is some times. The collection is cool and from last year, by the way, and 'theleeharveyoswaldband' was one of my favourite bits, so I'm quite pleased to see it working for someone.

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buymeaclue
Sep. 5th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
Yay for you!

(I am truly amazed by the consistency of the folks reviewing this collection in not acknowledging my existence.)
benpeek
Sep. 5th, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC)
yeah?

i think i've only seen a couple of reviews for it, really--the ones outside the online world pass me by entirely. still, it kinda sucks when you get no notice. least if they love it or hate it you know you left an impression.
buymeaclue
Sep. 5th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. It's gone past vaguely annoying into baffling and now I'm on to being amused. Maybe they all got copies with the pages torn out?
benpeek
Sep. 5th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
heh.

'this book did contain a story by hannah wolf bowen. we removed it before sending it to you, however.'
nihilistic_kid
Sep. 5th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
My story has been mentioned previously, though clearly had it been discussed in this review Kincaid would have had to change his thesis, as mine is all about the ultimate personal victory.
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