Sunday, January 5, 2014
S.M. Stirling's "Pronouncing Doom"
Anyway, S.M. Stirling's "Pronouncing Doom", the fifth-last story in Dangerous Women, is the story that took me the longest to read. Most of the stories before this one I read in one sitting, this one I had to come back to many times. It wasn't bad. It wasn't uninteresting. But it didn't quite grab me like most of the other tales did. The post-apocalyptic (again) setting was well realized and different enough to stand out, and I particularly liked the author's take on pagan faith replacing the big monotheistic religions after doomsday. The characters were perhaps a touch to bland and there were many names so I was a little confused; only the POV character, Juniper, comes through properly. The story itself is simply an execution wrapped in exposition. It didn't so much end as just stop; like some of the other stories, it was more a snapshot of a story world in which we could imagine more stories to take place.
It's 2014, I am struggling against my decision to quit nicotine, so I am feeling light-headed and incredibly frustrated and angry at the same time, and I anticipate finishing my re-read of A Storm of Swords by posting a little bit more regularly once my regular schedule kicks back in after a couple of lazy Christmas weeks. I also anticipate the release of my book, Waiting for Winter: Re-reading A Clash of Kings: Part I, which was supposed to be available last month but got postponed due to stuff far beyond my control.
I won SFFworld's November-December short story competition which is a first for me (I've won a couple of flash fiction competitions before) which makes me joyful and interested in writing more, so this year I have decided to edit some of the stuff I've won with and try to get them sold to whoever accepts such stories. I'll put it up later. Right now, there's a baby crying for dad's attention.
Posted by R.J. at 4:16 AM