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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:26 am 
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For all these Aztec fiends there is a Rick Cook story called 'Obsidian Harvest', have you read that one?



It is along the lines of ADB's TLXB. :?:

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Ha, no, I didn't know about this one. From the few things I've been able to glean on the net, it definitely looks like right up my alley.
I'll go look for a copy of that Year's Best. Thanks!

Thanks for the vote (I notice I managed to make both positives and negatives :D ) I do know where to find Marsupilami stuff in Europe( http://en.avenueofthestars.fr/index.php?ID=1017023 , http://www.xfueru.com/Comic-Merchandising/Marsupilami/ ), but elsewhere I'm not sure...

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Aliette de Bodard wrote:
Ha, no, I didn't know about this one. From the few things I've been able to glean on the net, it definitely looks like right up my alley.
I'll go look for a copy of that Year's Best. Thanks!

Thanks for the vote (I notice I managed to make both positives and negatives :D ) I do know where to find Marsupilami stuff in Europe( http://en.avenueofthestars.fr/index.php?ID=1017023 , http://www.xfueru.com/Comic-Merchandising/Marsupilami/ ), but elsewhere I'm not sure...


Cheers!

Any source will do. :)

(I doubt you can get it anywhere else).

Thanks very much.

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Blue Tyson: Oh great. Thanks for the negative votes on "Molly and the Red Hat" by Benjamin Rosenbaum (issue 213) and "A Handful of Pearls" by Beth Bernobich (issue 212). That means we've negated each other's votes. Ah well, such is life.

This reminds me of a Dilbert cartoon where Dilbert and Dogbert agree not to vote in an election because their opposite views would merely cancel out each other's vote. Only after the election does Dilbert realize that dogs can't vote. "Not directly," Dogbert says.


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My dog is more into crime fiction, Inspector Rex being one of her favorite shows of course. :)

(I have no idea what they do with votes, I just did what it said. Is that how it works, +/- ?)

Anyone ever seen a magazine publish a list of worst stories for the year? :twisted:

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Rather than go back through every copy to refresh my memory, I'll vote for the stories that made an impact on me, and which I still think about regularly.

Positive votes for Big Cat by Gwyneth Jones, which I'd vote for twice if I could, and for Molly and the Red Hat by Benjamin Rosenbaum.

Negative vote for Islington Crocodiles by Ben Maloy, which was too stretched out and took up space that two or three other, shorter stories could have been given a chance in.

None of the art work has made a particular impression, but then I'm illiterate when it comes to drawings, I'd rather have a few extra stories and no art at all.


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Liked:

Beth Bernobich - A Handful of Pearls (212)
Will McIntosh - Dada Jihad (212)
Carlos Hernandez - Exvisible (211)
Grace Dugan - Knowledge (211)
M. John Harrison - The Good Detective (209)
John Philip Olsen - The Men in the Attic (213)

The Bernobich and the McIntosh were the two standout pieces for me. These stories had this certain edginess (I wish there would be more of this kind of stories in Interzone). The Harrison was a very nice vignette and the other three "just" damn good reads.

Honorable mention, but no vote, sorry, to Aliette de Bodard for her stories.

Disliked:

Douglas Cohen - Feelings of the Flesh (212)
Jason Stoddard - Softly Shining in the Forbidden Dark (208)
Steven Francis Murphy - Tearing Down Tuesday (210)

I didn't finish a lot of stories, some didn't make any kind of impression.

All in all, the fiction is not quite on Pringle era level.


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All in all, the fiction is not quite on Pringle era level


I disagree strongly. IMHO the fiction is as good as it as it's ever been- if not better.

Particular favourites in 2007 were:
M. John Harrison -- The Good Detective
Rachel Swirsky -- Heartstrung
Carlos Hernandez -- Exvisible
Grace Dugan -- Knowledge
Will McIntosh -- Dada Jihad
Tim Akers -- The Algorithm
Benjamin Rosenblum -- Molly & The Red Hat

The only story I took against was the Beth Bernobich, and I must admit to mellowing since first reading it (though not enough to actually like it).

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 3:26 am 
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Well, this year's ballot is already - by a distance - the biggest turn-out since I started counting the votes - and the closest!

There's only one positive vote separating the top three stories and a further three stories just three votes behind those who could still pounce.

So if you haven't already voted, yes your vote could still count!

You have two weeks to have your say - it could make the difference to a story you loved (or hated!).

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"Heartstrung" was awesome. It was one of those stories I thought I was going to take against, but I couldn't stop thinking about it after finishing it.

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Alas, I haven't had the chance to read everything yet. But of the stuff I've read, I'd certainly cast votes for "Knowledge" by Grace Dugan & "Molly and the Red Hat" by Benjamin Rosenbaum. These seem to be the two that I catch myself thinking about the most.


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Would I be able to vote on the artwork only because I didn't have time to read all the fiction( been through some bad time recently )


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Do it and don't worry.
I hope matters are improving now.


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Aliette de Bodard wrote:
Ha, no, I didn't know about this one. From the few things I've been able to glean on the net, it definitely looks like right up my alley.
I'll go look for a copy of that Year's Best. Thanks!



Also for you Aztec lovers, found Robert Silverberg's 'The Gate of Worlds' the other day, if you don't have that one already.

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