July 7th, 2008


Interzone 216

I recently finished reading Interzone 216.  It's rather late, I know, but I'm behind with lots of stuff. I tend to lug my reading matter around the house with me, and it's quite inevitable that something gets misplaced.  So, anyway, 216 got misplaced and I only found it again recently. 

216 is a really good issue. This is the mundane sf issue and I'm glad my subscription didn't expire before I got it.  Mostly, when I read through a mag, there are stories that hit the right chords with me, and there are those that make me go...mwah...it's okay, but mwah...and that little headshake.  Okay, I'm thinking of my neighbour's son who does that when something isn't quite what he's looking for.

Anyway, one of the reasons I enjoy reading short fiction is how I've found myself introduced to writers I've never heard of before. Jay Lake's American Dead was what made me want to go and look for books by this writer. Another writer whose work I've enjoyed is Gareth Lyn Powell.  So it was a joy to see that Ack-Ack Macaque won out in the popular vote as I think it's one of the best stories I've read from this mag. Paul Meloy (Islington Crocodiles)  is another favorite from a previous issue, and while I'm naming names and stories, I have to mention Aliette de Bodard's, The Last Xuyan Bride.  
Anyway, on to 216.  There are seven stories in this issue. And one of my personal favorites is Billie Aul's The Hour is Getting Late. I enjoyed the way this story pictures entertainment in a future time, not to mention the fast-paced style of writing. This story has a sense of urgency about it that really appealed to me. 

Lavie Tidhar's, How to Make Paper Airplanes, is the first fiction piece in this issue. Lavie Tidhar is a writer I'd like to keep a lookout for. I quite enjoyed his  writing style, and perhaps the best word for this story is evocative. This story touches a chord inside this reader and I couldn't help but love it. 

Endra-from Memory by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is another interesting tale. There are log entries and excerpts from memoirs, journals and reports which all provide the reader with a satisfying reading experience.  

Remote Control by R.R. Angell is quite chilling.  There's something horrific about the thought of how border patrol becomes a sort of virtual reality game where real lives are at risk.  It's not a story one can easily shake off. 

The next two stories seem to be rather sad in tone.  Which doesn't really help because these two stories somehow blended into each other inside my head. I suppose I'll just have to go back and read them again. So I can say something coherent about those two. 
Geoff Ryman's Talk is Cheap does pick up the pace and makes up for how those two tales somehow lost me.  I quite enjoyed it.  

Overall, a good batch of fiction in this issue of Interzone. I've been quite curious about Black Static, and I shall probably check out an electronic issue when I finally have the time to really sit down and surf the Net. Ha, ha.

The reviews have once again provided this incorrigible bookworm with more stuff to consider when I next visit the big bookstore.