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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Pocket Full of Dharma by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Pocket Full of Dharma by Paolo Bacigalupi

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Pocket Full of Dharma by Paolo BacigalupiPocket Full of Dharma by Paolo Bacigalupi
Series: Diverse Energies,
Also in this series: The Last Day, Freshee's Fogurt, Pattern Recognition , Gods of the Dimming Light , Next Door, Good Girl, Blue Skies, What Arms to Hold Us, Solitude, Diverse Energies
Published by Tu Books on 01 November 2012
Genres: People & Places, People of Color, Sci-Fi, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
Pages: 45
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Short Story Saturday is a feature here at Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. Starting with Diverse Energies which the book synopsis describes as  “In this stunning collection of original and rediscovered stories of tragedy and hope, the stars are a diverse group of students, street kids, good girls, kidnappers, and child laborers pitted against their environments, their governments, differing cultures, and sometimes one another as they seek answers in their dystopian worlds. Take a journey through time from a nuclear nightmare of the past to society’s far future beyond Earth with these eleven stories by masters of speculative fiction. Includes stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Daniel H. Wilson, and more.”

Place(s) Traveled To: Chengdu, China

First Line(s): Wang Jun stood on the rain-slicked streets of old Chhengdu and stared up into the drizzle at Huojianzhu.

Pocket Full of Dharma by Paolo Bacigalupi is a futuristic novella set in China and its one that I am not entirely sure how I feel about it. As with many short stories this one feels a little unfinished and I wonder what will happen to the main character Wang Jun next. But Pocket Full of Dharma wasn’t one that sucked me in as I read it. I found myself easily distracted and so this one took far longer than it should have in order to read it. The premise was interesting but the story was just a bit slow. There wasn’t really enough background given to fully understand why this story played out as it did. There were holes in the story and though it was well written it just all felt a bit stiff. But this story did make me curious on Bacigalupi’s other work so I will have to investigate that further. I just need more time in the day to be able to read all the things that I want to read.