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Tears and Reviews.

Today at work I made a little kid cry. It happens.

On the other hand, here are two reviews.

The first is by David Soyka at Black Gate and is for 'Under the Red Sun' in Fantasy Magazine #4:

"Also of interest is Ben Peek's "Under the Red Sun," which posits a Frankenstein culture in which the dead provide useful resurrection components. Those who, for reasons of faith or lack of it, wish to ensure they or their loved ones don't become part of the inventory must arrange for cremation. When the narrator's mother insists on a Christian burial in the dirt for his sister, he and his brother comply, hoping to return shortly after the funeral to retrieve the corpse and protect it from grave robbers. They are too late, however, and in seeking to recover the body of his sister before the "surgeons" begin corporeal renovations, he discovers arrangements made that seem, well, unnatural."


While the second comes is by Paul Di Filippo at Asimov's and is about Johnny Cash from The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2, but i'll quote the whole thing because it's not that big:

"Editors Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt have assembled a stellar collection with The Year’s Best Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy, Volume Two. This volume nicely supplements the USA domestic ones, and offers a tantalizing glimpse into the flourishing SF scene Down Under. The editors take a liberal view of precisely which high-quality works merit inclusion, based more on relevant author profiles than on venues of publication. Thus we get two entries from Datlow’s SciFiction (Rjurik Davidson’s “The Passing of the Minotaurs” and Lucy Sussex’s “Matricide”) as well as Greg Egan’s “Riding the Crocodile” from Dozois’s recent SFBC anthology I reviewed last time around. But there are also rarities from the US perspective, running the gamut from the experimental (Ben Peek’s “Johnny Cash”) to pastiched melodrama (Dirk Flinthart’s “The Red Priest’s Homecoming”). Purchase this volume and you’ll not only get hours of excellent entertainment, but also a fine appreciation of how simpatico our cousins are."




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Feb. 17th, 2007 09:27 am (UTC)
Today at work I made a little kid cry. It happens.
You walked into the room?
Feb. 17th, 2007 11:11 am (UTC)
no. we had a battle of wills. i wanted him to obey me and he wanted to not do that. when i tossed him out of the room he was having a bit of a cry because he was in trouble. half an hour later he was my best friend.

i felt bad. the kid is starved for attention, but, y'know. obey me.
Feb. 17th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
You're a hard man, Peek. Mean and hard. The kid's prolly scared for life!
Feb. 17th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
i demand obedience!

heh. soon some student of mine is going to come by this and laugh and laugh. anyhow, i've seen he kid in question reduce tutors to tears and i ain't crying on my job--that's for him ;)
Feb. 17th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
"Down Under" is a phrase that should never be used. Unless it is by Australians with the riony turned all the way up. You know, like "G'day".

That said, I have just bought Year's Best and have now read Johnny Cash three times. It's fun making up different questions!

What was even more fun was the bookshop assistant's reaction when I mentioned your name. Screw being famous for that whole football movie. Infamy is far better.
Feb. 17th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
i'm glad you're having fun with the story :)

where'd you buy the book at? and how'd the assistant react? what kind of infamy am i living in now?
Feb. 17th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
I bought the book at Fantastic Planet in Perth.

I was having a mental blank on your name, trying to remember Twenty Six Lies, One Truth to see if they could order it in, but as its not realy science fiction or fantasy it wasn't likely. Then I flicked through Year's Best and said "Ben Peek, that's his name!"

Then she kind of went all quiet. "Oh, him. Yeah..."

We then discussed LJ etc.

She finished the conversation with a compliment - "He does breed discussion, which is an author's job I suppose..."

I thought it was hilarious. "The customer is always right" can be taken too far.
Feb. 18th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
so, basically, another person who doesn't know me is bent out of shape over me, huh? and in perth, of all places. you'd think she'd try and cure cancer first. it's a little more useful.


of more importance, could they get the book in? the genre shouldn't slow them down, but the fact that the publisher doesn't have a distributor might.

Feb. 18th, 2007 11:18 am (UTC)
Easier to go through Amazon now we're back in Carnarvon.
Feb. 17th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
Perhaps a new t-shirt....

ben peek breeds discussion.

discussion is:

1) a parrot

2) a dead racehorse

3) a very small town in Queensland

4) all of the above

Feb. 18th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
3) a very small town in Queensland

i think you want 'a very small town in perth' ;)
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Feb. 18th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
am i the only person who finds the fact that britney's baldness is a talking point?
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Feb. 18th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
at least she died for it.
Feb. 18th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
I thought a perth was part of a ship.

This could breed discussion....
Feb. 18th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
no, no, i'm pretty sure it's a little town in WA. i keep getting all these thank you cards from it.
Feb. 18th, 2007 11:23 am (UTC)
It is also a little town in Tasmania, but that is beyond the scope of this... discussion.
Feb. 18th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
There are n little towns in WA, only little people...
Feb. 18th, 2007 07:31 am (UTC)
that "n" was short for "no..."
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