Looking for Jake Stories [E–pub/Kindle]
Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, eI m only halfway through reading this one but hell it might the best single author short story collection I vever readNow I finished reading and it s official I m really not sure if I have read a FSF collection penned by a single author which would go on par with this one I liked it ven than the one by "Ted Chiang I read arlier this year and that s something Surely it had its weaker points for me "Chiang I read Taxi ins Glück earlier this year and that s something Surely it had its weaker points for me were particularly Familiar Tis The Season and An End to Hunger butven these were really interesting and pleasant to read For the rest specially Looking for Jake Foundation Reports of Certain Events in London among others bravo China I really njoyed half of the novels that I ve read by Mieville and rather disliked the other half Likewise in this collection of stories I Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas enjoyed about half of them The other half were boring That is why I ve rated this book with three out of five stars Here are some brief summaries of a few of the storiesThe first story titled Looking for Jake was one of the boring stories People in London start disappearing randomly and the protagonist looks for his friend Jake There didn t seem to be muc Matters shuffle along pressed and steamed by the incessant heat Each piece in this collection appears climate controlled as if penned upon a sofa while listening to The Fall and waiting for delivery Korean barbecue You can recognize my resentment I wanted to read Thomas Ligotti last night to no avail Thenarly this morning when it was already jungle muggy outside I read a story Reports of Certain Events in London and this I was pleased by found documents amateur societies and phantom streets That high bar
Was To Prove Elusive to prove The Magic Rolling Pin elusivelse left me as uneasy Though there was a wonky tale one which smelled of The Destructors it s a paen to aging felt contrived though idea of a haunted stained glass was worth pondering End to Hunger is an interesting gloss on the Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, early days of the Internet and yet the pose of the anarchist activist artist is ultimately sad not tragic The name China Mi ville isn t generally synonymous with short stories probably because he doesn t write them that often In the past decade he s published 10 novels and in the same span produced only 16 pieces of short fiction I mean whatever Dude is busy I think he also became anconomics genius ran for political office and did about 3 million arm curls during that decade too Oh and got a giant suid tattoo Anyway it s pretty annoying to discover that he also does short fiction astonishingly well I love Mi ville as a novelist but longform talent is no guarantee of an aptitude with short fiction Also I generally don t much like short stories which raises the bar higher still And the jerk pretty much clears it with ase this is right up there
WITH STORIES OF YOUR LIFE ANDStories of Your Life and on my list of short stories collections that I didn t just half heartedly flip through Which to be fair is pretty much very other book of short stories I ve read that Stephen King didn t writeThere are fourteen stories here most having appeared Garden Bouquets and Beyond elsewhere A fewarned some minor awards the Locus Is that a thing people care about but no Hugo or. What William Gibson did for science fiction China Miéville has done for fantasy shattering old paradigms with fiercely imaginative works of startling often shocking intensity Now from this brilliant young writer comes a groundbreaking collection of stories many of them previously. Ghbor who has locked herself away from the world because she s able to see the devil in the details You know literally An unusually intriguing idea The Unseen Wonder effectively told andnded AGo Between The xploration of a man s paranoia the narrator thinks he has been targeted to receive and send secret messages of world shattering import But he can t figure out if the message senders are on the side of the devil or the angels So he never sends their last message and drives himself crazy trying to figure out if
He Did The Rightdid the right or not We as readers can also posit a third option he is nuts GRADE BDifferent Skies My favorite Feels like vintage Stephen King old man buys a fancy antiue piece of glass in a consignment shop installs it in his study window and soon discovers that the view through that particular pane is now a little different It looks out onto a different sky and there are presences lurking out there taunting him Wanting in The last line gave me non hyperbolic goosebumps GRADE AAn End to Hunger You know that annoying website FreeRicecom that makes you play a word game and awards you points in the form of grains of rice donated to starving third world countries Does that website make you want to throw your internet out a window because what kind of put a bow on it feel good useless corporate bullshit fake charity is that China Mi ville agrees with you based on this story of a hacker who decides to take a similar site down It s a fun bit of corporate paranoia and if you uestion the politics behind it just remember that it was originally published in a socialist journal so you know what you re in for GRADE B Tis the Season Hey a funny one Christmas TM has been purchased copyrighted and licensed and don t let them catch you with a Christmas Tree TM Tinsel TM or Wrapped Gifts TM unless you have an official license buddy So what happens when a bunch of protestors decide to take back Christmas Trenchant social commentary I bet GRADE BJack If you read Perdido Street Station you no doubt remember Jack Half a Prayer oh he of the late book deus x mantis arm appearance Here s a little about where he came from and what happened to him later If you ve visited New Crobuzon before you know it isn t going to be pretty I still want to know about this guy this glimpse is about the city itself its corruption and politics and the horrible way it tortures its criminals by literally remaking their bodies into representations of their crimes But so mantis arm sometimes the representations are kind of abstract OK GRADE BOn the Way to the Front A brief graphic story about hmmm Well there s this guy on a bus and Some soldiers seem to be But you can t
UITE TELL IS THE GUY DEADtell Is the guy dead wait are the soldiers "Is The Art Supposed "the art supposed be so crappy I think maybe it is something about anti war Going with anti war GRADE The Tain The longest story originally published separately as a novella by a specialty press It s late and I can t finish this right now so TO BE CONTINUED in my review of that Zu schnell editionLook Pretty I also tried listening to this one as an audiobook to see if it would be any clearer with a narratorxplaining the images Nope. Wisted attachment and horrific revenge traces the rise and fall of the Remade Robin Hood known as Jack Half a Prayer “Familiar”–Spurned by its creator a sorceress’s familiar mbarks on a strange and unsettling odyssey of self discovery in a coming of age story like no othe. .
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Nebula nods Nevertheless ach of them has its strong points and there are only one or two outright clunkers in the bunch an astonishingly high batting average if you ask me There is very much of a Chinaness about them all though if you are a fan their style and content will be pretty comfortable If you aren t nothing here is going to suddenly turn you on to the fact that verything he writes is pretty great and oh how wrong you have been in the past But if that s the case you have been WrongLooking for Jake The title story is probably one of my least favorite in the collection if only because it feels so underdeveloped The hazy premise a man searches for his missing friend in a world that has undergone some unexplained remaking that has seen random people disappear in an instant and letters dropped into mailboxes delivered to verywhere or nowhere by someone or something or nothing and buildings that are vacant but not vacant is mostly an xcuse to play up a paranoid atmosphere which other stories in the collection will do a lot better Sets the mood though GRADE B Foundation This one is my least favorite no probably about it Also it is asily one of the least subtle things China has written A guy can speak to the foundations of buildings which is a nice perk for a contractor though mostly they just complain about how they are miserable and dead and filled with sand Because they are the bodies of all the people dude killed in the Gulf War Something something oil It s an ffectively chilling tale but too telegraphed and thusly rather unsatisfying GRADE C The Ball Room I really liked this slight but inventive ghost story co written with two others if only
because it and I are simpatico on two key points thoseit and I are simpatico on two key points those pits kids play in Are gross And stores like Ikea Are hell GRADE BReports of Certain Events in London An idea so China China had to make himself the narrator just so he can tell us how NEW WEIRD the whole thing is Meta China is mistakenly delivered some notes and photos intended for one Charles Melville from a secret society tracking these rogue streets that have been appearing and disappearing around London Cute idea but the fragmentary presentation left me feeling a bit baffled It won some award though so what do I know GRADE B Familiar Remember how large swaths of Perdido Street Station are just descriptions of how gross and pustule covered verything is This Yummy Supper entire story is one big pustule A witch accidentally makes a familiar out of his own discarded flesh Itvolves Grossly Later it fights with a big pile of living garbage Still can t say China doesn t make two blood muck garbage monsters fighting sound damn poetic GRADE CEntry Taken from a Medical Encyclopedia The shortest story in the book it is what the title
says it is the tymology and history ofit is the tymology and history of brain liuifying disease spread by the utterance of a single word Yes the word is included but not the pronunciation So get cracking Brief but amusing snarky academic footnotes are always worth a few bonus points GRADE BDetails A contender for the finest story in the collection this one Deep Listening explores a young boy s relationship with a weird nei. Unavailable in the United States and including four never before published tales–one set in Miéville’s signature fantasy world of New Crobuzon Among the fourteen superb fictions are“Jack”–Following thevents of his acclaimed novel Perdido Street Station this tale of ,