The Barnes Noble ReviewWitpunk, an edgy collection of sardonic fiction, was inspired when someone asked on an Internet literary forum, When did reading SF fantasy stop being fun Claude Lalumi re, a popular Canadian author and columnist, took exception to this and, along with editor Marty Halpern, put together an anthology of some of the best works of satirical ficThe Barnes Noble ReviewWitpunk, an edgy collection of sardonic fiction, was inspired when someone asked on an Internet literary forum, When did reading SF fantasy stop being fun Claude Lalumi re, a popular Canadian author and columnist, took exception to this and, along with editor Marty Halpern, put together an anthology of some of the best works of satirical fiction in the last two decades pWhile some of the stories are speculative classics, like Robert Silverberg s Amanda and the Alien, Pat Cadigan s Mother s Milk, and Nina Kiriki Hoffman s Savage Breasts, half the collection is made up of never before published works by some of the brightest authors in contemporary science fiction and fantasy, including Paul Di Filippo, Allen M Steele, Bradley Denton, and Pat Murphy.Included are stories about a science fiction writer gone temporarily insane, a post 150 global warming society where infertile infants are killed by priests in the name of God, a boy s friendship with a turkey, demonic light bulbs, and a secretary with lethal weapons under her sweater to name but a few.p The back of Witpunk says it all When the world is just too stupid, brutal, or annoying to believe strike back by laughing at it This diverse collection of stories, which ranges from witty science fiction to black hud horror to just plain bizarre fantasy, is a typical Four Walls Eight Windows offering highly intelligent, brilliantly clever storie
Witpunk The Barnes Noble ReviewWitpunk an edgy collection of sardonic fiction was inspired when someone asked on an Internet literary forum When did reading SF fantasy stop being fun Claude Lalumi re a po
The copy is very excited about being sardonic I was drawn in by promises of stories by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Pat Murphy, Pat Cadigan The Murphy story was actually quite sweet, a strange contrast to the rest that had a nasty edge, some of them downright icky There was a game that Jeffrey Ford was playing with run on sentences that appeared several times Glad he was enjoying himself.
The thematic drive behind this anthology is, according to the introduction, to refute the claim that the genre of SF or short fiction in general stopped being fun Most of the stories do indeed meet this goal the few exceptions are so head scratchingly unqualified that one does wonder just what happened The Teb Hunter by Allen Steele A hunting trip to bag bioengineered former pets Ecologically they re an invasive pest, but Coyote Goes Hollywood by Ernest Hogan The story finds the Coyote of myth, [...]
See, Emma I can be generous.One word review wacky
This collection was supposed to range in style from dark comedy to laugh out loud farce , but in point of fact only one of the 26 was funny that being Hoffman s piece, of course According to the preface, these stories are supposed to be an injection of fun into the specfic genre Judged by that standard, this collection is a miserable failure Jeffrey Ford s ridiculous attempts at humor via run on sentences and pulp fiction cliches are particularly fail tastic That said, there were a few stories w [...]
Perf for a 90s chick Read through it fairly quickly Savage Breasts, breast of all Wild Girls makes me feel like Topanga doing free verse Fox and her father are enchanting on that same note.Pat Murphy is generally a good writer, so in spite of the run ons, I found myself totally buying Corso and Stiljack s psychosis I should only hope to make it out to the other side
So, despite this book s promises, I was greatly disappointed There were a few I enjoyed Cadigan s and Pat Murphy s but I ended up skipping most of them.
Such a mixed bag Really liked some, really detested others Feel like this should ve been two separate anthologies
It s OK Not great.