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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 2:11 pm 
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Thanks Dennis, I assume you meant numbers 227, 8, 9 as we are a few years - a decade even - from 297 yet.
Anyone else seeing such a pattern?


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Judging from posts on the forum the issues do seem to be taking longer. Especially France, Austria, South Africa...?

I've pointed this out to the firm on a couple of occasions now -- that the items are sent on a PREMIUM service, which is supposed to be THREE DAYS to Europe, not three weeks -- but the responses are useless, as if they've been reading the Drop-it Hide-it Lose-it Book of Excuses. "There must be a problem with the address" kind of thing.


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One of the strongest recent issues of Interzone, with four impressive stories, for me the standouts were 'Alternate Girl's Expatriate Life’ by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and 'Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Matter' by Jim Hawkins.

There were also two good, but flawed, stories: 'Mannikin' by Paul Evanby was let down a bit by use of what I believe is called the ‘idiot plot’ – where the plot can only work through the protagonist behaving like an idiot, in this case it not occurring to the scientist that just possibly his (slave owning) employers may turn the mannequins he’s creating into slaves (of course, if this point was covered and I missed it, then what we have is the ‘idiot reviewer’!).

The ending to 'Candy Moments' by Antony Mann's was predictable fairly early on (women he loves says if you go to the Hub I’ll leave you … you just know he’s going to end up doing it): but the story as a whole, and the background, was very interesting.

There was nothing wrong with Toby Litt’s ‘The Melancholy’, though it didn’t quite work for me.


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Roy wrote:
Thanks Dennis, I assume you meant numbers 227, 8, 9


Doh, sorry that's exactly what I meant to type :oops: - need to get a proof reader.


Roy wrote:
as we are a few years - a decade even - from 297 yet.


..... but isn't that how it's supposed to work through the Interzone? :roll:


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Lois Tilton reviews IZ229 on Locus.

The review is prefaced by this:

"I sit down at the computer to review this issue and note that it’s full of stories impossible to wrap up into a facile summary. A very good sign. Now if only they could be talked into more readable type!"

More readable type? Does anybody think it could be more readable? In what way?


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IZ 229 arrived here in Uppsala Sweden sometime last week. I found mine in my university mailbox late last Tuesday evening, and Lennart had his sometime before that (as he announced on FB together with a Swedish "pleasurable as always").


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Andy wrote:
Lois Tilton reviews IZ229 on Locus.

The review is prefaced by this:

"I sit down at the computer to review this issue and note that it’s full of stories impossible to wrap up into a facile summary. A very good sign. Now if only they could be talked into more readable type!"

More readable type? Does anybody think it could be more readable? In what way?



More readable? I don't see how there's anything wrong with the font. The only bits I had trouble reading, were the section titles in Jim's story.

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Maybe she was reading on screen.
In the print ed several stories start with white print on black background and Manikin has orange(?) on dark. Some will not like that. Others think its fine.

Depends on your sight, as you age...


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Roy, don't forget the problem I had with the Gene Wolfe Interview. Dark and readable enough for Wolfe's replies. Unreadable light orange interviewer's questions. Admittedly, I do have poor eyes.


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Gareth D. Jones reviews IZ229 on SF Crowsnest.


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Sam Tomaino reviews IZ229 on SF Revu.


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David Soyka at Black Gate.


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Another four star review from John DeNardo at SF Signal.


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Rich Horton makes Rochita Loenen-Ruiz’s Alternate Girl’s Expatriate Life one of his recommended stories in the September Locus.

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J.Y. Saville recommends some recent stories, including Paul Evanby's Mannikin.

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