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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Freshee’s Fogurt by Daniel H. Wilson

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Freshee’s Fogurt by Daniel H. Wilson

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Freshee’s Fogurt by Daniel H. WilsonFreshee's Fogurt by Daniel H. Wilson
Series: Diverse Energies,
Also in this series: The Last Day, Pattern Recognition , Gods of the Dimming Light , Next Door, Good Girl, Pocket Full of Dharma, Blue Skies, What Arms to Hold Us, Solitude, Diverse Energies
Published by Tu Books on 01 November 2012
Genres: Anthology, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
Pages: 11
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-stars

 

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: Unknown, USA

First Line(s):  It looks me right in the eyes, man. And I can tell that it’s…thinking. Like it’s alive. And pissed off.

Freshee’s Frogurt by Daniel H. Wilson is the next story in the Diverse Energies anthology and this one is all about robots. Its a bit like the precursor days of Skynet before the robots rise up to control the world. And in fact that is exactly what is starting to happen in Freshee’s Frogurt where Officer Blanton is interviewing a man named Jeff Thompson about one of the first incidents of a domestic robot going haywire and trying to kill.

Even though this story was about half the length of the first in this anthology I liked it a lot better. It was just more developed and felt more real. Unlike most stories, Freshee’s Fogurt was told as a transcript which can be a bit 2 dimensional and yet there was more depth in this installment than in some full length novels. There is a fast quality to it and I really want to know more about this world and the robot uprising. I found Wilson to be a talented writer and I am going to have to look into what else he’s written as I think it will be worth my time.

irishdarkblue

three-stars
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – The Last Day by Ellen Oh

Posted by Irish in 2 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday1 Comment

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – The Last Day by Ellen Oh

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – The Last Day by Ellen OhThe Last Day by Ellen Oh
Series: Diverse Energies,
Also in this series: Freshee's Fogurt, Pattern Recognition , Gods of the Dimming Light , Next Door, Good Girl, Pocket Full of Dharma, Blue Skies, What Arms to Hold Us, Solitude, Diverse Energies
Published by Lee and Low, Tu Books on 01 November 2012
Genres: Anthology, Dystopian, Novella, Young Adult
Pages: 29
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
two-stars

 

Short Story Saturday is a new thing that I am going to be trying out here at Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. I’m going to kick off Short Story Saturday 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: Eastern Empire – Possibly Japan

First Line(s):  Kenji watched his mother’s care-worn hands tremble as  she ladled out the morning rice gruel.

I really liked the start of The Last Day by Ellen Oh which places you right into the middle of this intriguing war torn world. The Last Day was a quick read, which is to be expected from a short story but I had a lot of issues with the ending. Ellen Oh doesn’t have much time to tell her story and I’ve read some that have this great story packed into just a few pages but for Oh’s there needed to be more. For this story just ended just as it was starting to go somewhere. If this had gone on even just 10 more pages I think that the ending could have been more fleshed out as Oh did do a lot with the 20 or so pages that she had.

I like the main characters of Akira and Kenji. I wanted to know more of them and yet we do learn a lot in the short bit of time we had. And I think that I could have enjoyed this story more if there wasn’t that unresolved end scene.

irishdarkblue

two-stars
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