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David Bowie.

Playwright and occasional Dr Who writer Rob Shearman has written a review of 2012, edited by Ben Payne and Alisa Krasnostein. It's quite a comprehensive little review, actually:

2012 is as good an anthology as I have ever read - and despite my rollercoaster reaction I have read rather a lot! Collectively, I think it's a terrific book; you read these stories back to back, and you get these wonderful shards of paranoia and concern and honest-to-God passion for our planet. I love that. I told you I think short story collections should feel as if they're a single whole, not a mishmash - and this is exactly what 2012 does so brilliantly. Each contribution collides off another in a way that deepens the one you've just read. (And the recurring theme of dwindling water takes on an ever greater power.) It sounds, at best, a rather backhanded compliment when I say that no individual story is as impressive as the entire book. There are some very good stories in here, I think, and some which don't work for me, but are propped up by the cumulative effect of the themes they explore.


I think I'm going to love Ben Peek's work. I'm glad I bought his book. He's quirky and weird and approaches things from left field. "David Bowie" may well be the best written piece in the book. But I'd bet my bottom dollar that this isn't Ben Peek writing at full throttle. It's clever, of course, but there's something a bit lazy about it, I think. I do like it a lot, and I appreciate effortless writing - but for all its cleverness it doesn't have as much thought behind it as other stories. I enjoyed it very much, though.


Follow the link to buy the book.



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Mar. 30th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
I think your first sentence needs editing....

(But yeah - great review :-)
Mar. 31st, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
opps. fixed.
Mar. 31st, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
What's a "playwrite"?
Mar. 31st, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
a typo. it was early when i wrote that.
Mar. 31st, 2008 08:44 am (UTC)
Is "heh" a good reaction or a bad reaction. I can never tell in this interweb age.
Mar. 31st, 2008 10:21 am (UTC)
it's an amused reaction.
Mar. 31st, 2008 10:17 am (UTC)
Rob Shearman is a great chap. If I see him on Thursday should I get him a drink in on your behalf?
Mar. 31st, 2008 10:22 am (UTC)
sure, why not?

but only tequila. i wouldn't buy anyone but tequila.
Mar. 31st, 2008 10:32 am (UTC)
He was teetotalling a while back. I do hope it was temporary.
Mar. 31st, 2008 10:39 am (UTC)
i bet he had to drink to survive swancon...

but if so, yeah, any drink'll do.
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