Lootbag Reading Life

I’ve been rotten about telling you about short stories I’ve been enjoying. Just too much to do. So here are some definite “shots of the good stuff”, long and short, as well as some dead ends.

Project Itoh, HARMONY. Absolutely terrific SF novel, in the mode of BRAVE NEW WORLD and WE. This time, it’s post disaster Japan, and the joy and tyranny of a medically oriented healthy society that may have cracked the code on the nature of human will. Wonderfully written, though the tragic of Itoh’s death (he was suffering from cancer when he wrote it) gave the work a punch that was harsh as it was was precious. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

Enjoying lots of short stuff. Nick Mamatas’ tale from SUPERNATURAL NOIR , “Dreamer of the Day” was great (he quoted TE Lawrence!), as was Bruce McAllister’s meafiction tale in THE GIRL WHO LOVED ANIMALS. I tried to read some Ted Sturgeon . . . and I like Ted Sturgeon . . . but while the hip and groovy descriptions were better than a lot of SF I’ve tried to read recently, taking six pages to describe people emerging from cryo sleep . . . well it put me in cryo sleep. I’m not being fair to the late grandmaster, so maybe the next story in the collection will be more rocking.

Currently enjoying THE RULES OF ’48, by the late Jack Cady. I loved Cady’s short fiction, but he was a pretty accomplished novelist and this, his last novel, is a veiled memoir of his  blue collar life in Louisville, Kentucky, centered around an auction house and the lives, ghosts, and stuff that gets shuffled together when people die. Few people can bring out the color in the world like Jack Cady. He’s got a mad eye for the way the world is colored, from dawn until dusk. I realize that a lot of my own fiction must seem black and white in comparison!

That’s it, for now. Hope everyone is reading well, too.

JSR

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About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jason.ridler.56
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