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Author:  gileadslostson [ Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:44 am ]
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Sorry to everyone else, but likewise is definitely my favourite. Wonderful little tale :)

Author:  Bob Lock [ Mon Dec 07, 2009 4:11 pm ]
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Just read Likewise, weird and scary, not sure I completely understand it but it is certainly disturbing (in a sort of good way) <- does that make sense?
Just wave if it does...

Author:  gileadslostson [ Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:15 am ]
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Hey pete, despite the humour (or perhaps due to?) I found your stories sad. Really glad we get to read all 5 they really do belong together

Author:  Pete [ Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:37 am ]
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Cheers gil. Clowns are sad, or at least I think they are. A little bit scary too. Only a little bit though.

"Likewise", surreal and definitely weird, as Bob said, and like Bob not sure I understood it completely. Seemed to be about the perils of progress/non-progress, and people ending up screwed either way, or likewise. It's the sort of story you can read several times and pick up on something new or find a different emphasis each go through. The short sentences, imagery and way it's laid out on the page gave it a prose poem feel. I enjoyed it a lot, and agree with gil that it's the best we've had so far.

Author:  Bob Lock [ Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:33 am ]
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I liked the clown flashes, my favourites were the take on The Emperor's New Clothes and the Cinderella one, nicely done :)

Um... btw, can you really say 'Day Seventh'? Shouldn't it be seventh day or day seven? Or have you been at the whiskey/whisky again... hehe

Author:  gileadslostson [ Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:37 am ]
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I think 'day, the seventh' makes grammatical sense

Author:  Pete [ Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:41 am ]
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You're both right, and I've corrected it to 'Day Seven' :oops:

Author:  Ali_L [ Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:41 am ]
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I love those stories Pete. I remember reading them when they were published and it was good to read them again. Particularly like the take on Cinderella... :D

Author:  friendlygun [ Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:37 pm ]
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I've finally gotten some time to open my advent calendar!

I particularly enjoyed the smoothy, creamy milk chocolate that was Roy's poem. I've not read very much SF poetry and none at that length, but thought it wonderfully written and metered.

Daniel Kayson's story 'Likewise' was also great - very sparse but vivid. 'St James Infirmary Blues' was another favourite - sinister and richly emotional - as were Peter's clown fairy story vignettes. In fact, I've thoroughly enjoyed all of them... more chocolate, please?

Author:  Ray [ Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:09 pm ]
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Am I the only one who saw Likewise as being about the holocaust?

Author:  Pete [ Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:53 pm ]
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It hadn't occurred to me Ray, but now you say it I can see there are suggestions of that. Not quite convinced, but maybe.

Schedule for next four days:-

9th - Stephen Bacon
10th - Marc-Anthony Taylor
11th - Shaun C. Green
12th - Jamie Langan

We're now covered up to the 20th, and I put a blurb in the White Noise section of BS#14, so that may generate a bit more interest.

I think we're going to make it, but if not I can either google some people for flash, or use the second and third alternatives some people have sent in. And if we go over, I'll post all the excess for a Christmas Day glut.

Occurs to me, as I'm not replying to emails, some people might wonder if I've not received theirs, so people waiting for me to fix on a date are:-

Jenn Reese, Stephanie Campisi, Jude-Marie Green, Beth Cato, L. R. Bonehill, Mike Stone, Catherine J. Gardner and Nathaniel Tapley.

That's not necessarily the order they'll appear in, and TTA contributors could jump the queue. If you don't see your name there, then better send me another email to whitenoise@ttapress.com toot sweet.

Author:  Journeymouse [ Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:53 pm ]
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Hi Ray,

Oddly enough, I identified it more with the railway lines across parts of the USA. Specifically the routes that replaced the Chisholm Trail and the like. Not that I know that much about the Mid-West's history. Or the rest of North America, for that matter.

Author:  Paul Woodward [ Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:12 pm ]
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I liked the story.
I was wondering if he was actually going to get home to tell his wife about the kids?

Author:  Ali_L [ Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:37 am ]
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Love Stephen Bacon's story. Wonderfully atmospheric, a proper fireside tale... :D

Author:  gileadslostson [ Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:45 am ]
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reminded me of playin Cthulu when i was younger :)

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