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David Bowie Review

Look, lets just call it the day of reviews:

From Grant Watson (angriest):

2012, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Ben Payne, is a thin book. I love thin books. I love a well-written, lightweight book that you can read on the train without spraining your wrist. It's rush hour in the morning, you have to stand and hold onto a pole or something with one hand, and so you've only got the other hand to hold whatever book you're reading so you're not going to want the latest George R.R. Martin. 2012, on the other hand, is a new science fiction anthology with original stories by eleven Australian authors and is only a handy 118 pages long.

You might think I'm being facetious, but I'm not - I genuinely love short books. Those 800 page fantasy behemoths scare the absolute crap out of me.

2012 presents eleven different visions of what life might be like in four years time. It's a very short distance ahead, requiring some fairly clever speculation: after all, the future's going to be different to the present, but the future.

...

The remaining five stories aren't bad by any stretch imaginable, but they didn't grab my attention like the six above. Two of the contributions in this anthology, "David Bowie" by Ben Peek and "Apocalypse Now" by Lucy Sussex, both felt a bit throwaway to me. This is a shame, because they're both fantastic authors - I suppose I was hoping for something more substantial from them.


Buy it here.

So, any more?

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nballingrud
Apr. 3rd, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
A victim of your own success. Lower the bar, Peek! :)
benpeek
Apr. 3rd, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
i tell you, you write a short little piece, and everyone is like, 'what? what's this? it's not ten thousand words? i bet you didn't put as much effort into this as that novella i read!'

;)
angriest
Apr. 3rd, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
I suppose it was that I've read pieces like it on your LJ for ages, and the one in 2012 didn't feel any different to those.

Plus you raised your own bar naming it David Bowie, who's one of my favourite recording artists ever. : )
benpeek
Apr. 3rd, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
I suppose it was that I've read pieces like it on your LJ for ages, and the one in 2012 didn't feel any different to those.

like i always say, man, people got their opinions to everything and it's cool with me--i'm not fussed.

but, with that said, most of the dialogues here on the blog are actually written well in advance, edited, redone and such. the stuff in nowhere near savannah especially, cause anna has to do the illustrations (they often go thru rewrites when her panels come back, some big, some not). so the fact that they're not feeling different is a fair enough call, but it shouldn't suggest that i skimp on the quality in the blog just cause it's for free.
angriest
Apr. 3rd, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
Sorry, I wasn't trying to suggest the blog stuff was off the cuff, just that reading "David Bowie" made me immediately go "oh it's more of the same", which made it feel a bit underwhelming compared to the rest of the anthology.

I'm really digging the Nowhere Near Savannah stuff. Is that ongoing, or do you have a finite number in mind?
benpeek
Apr. 3rd, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
it's cool, man. i'm not hassled by that--reactions be reactions.

savannah will run 52 weeks. it might not seem like it right now, but everything should pull together at the end for multiple arcs and so forth. it's a bit hard to tell cause everyone's got to live their parts before i work it out, but i think it'll fit nicely.

after that, i think if anna and i do anything again, we're going to need cash. anna's got a full time job, a kid (another on the way), and a boyfriend, so it's a bit unfair to have her keep doing this for free. we're tossing round the idea of a graphic novel, but we're nowhere near getting it up and pitching it to a publisher.
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