I'm Starved for You (Positron #1)
Husband and wife Stan and Charmaine are among thousands who have signed up for a new social order because the old one is all but broken. Outside...more
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Atwood's stories centers around a couple in a dystopian future where prisoners and non-prisioners exchange roles at the end of every month. It's not just our house; it's a house you share with an alternate.
Atwood's short work is good read that will make you think.
I would hate to divide Atwood’s output into “liter...more
Having recently read The Handmaid's Tale, I was very intrigued when I saw this on the Kindle Singles list. Though I've owned a Kindle for some time, I'd yet to try a Single, so what better than one by the author of the phenomenal Handmaid's Tale? Unfortunately, this story doesn't live up to its predecessor. Spoilers to follow.
I really loved the initial concept of this book. The way Atwood frames it, it seems like the p...more
Not to give anything away, suffice to say that...more
I was disappointed with the end at first, but then I reread the last few pages a couple of times and actually appreciated the way she decided to close things. Most authors would be tempted to drag out the concept to the point boredom. This story kept me interested throughout...more
Why the cussing? I dig this serial idea. The first I learned that Dumas, Dostoyevsky, Dickens, and other authors (who may even have had last names that start with a different letter) wrote their big books in serialized format, I experienced th...more
The basic idea behind this society experiment is that people will take turns being prisoners and then being citizens in an effort to create jobs for the people. I was fascinated with this idea. How does this work? Who put it in place? How do people live with it?
We get some answers from the people we follow, bu...more
This month (March 2012), bestselling author Margaret Atwood released her first Kindle Single titled “I’m Starved for You” through with the digital publishing company Byliner. E-singles, which are digital novellas, have grown in popularity since the launch of Amazon’s Kindle Singles in January 2011. Although less than 30,000 words, “I’m Starved for You,” efficiently tells a gripping story about a married man struggling with his obsessive desire for another man’s wife. From the start...more
The book is about a gated community that is built in response to mass violence and joblessness, a fsetting that is eerily similar to one I've often imagined given the current state of affairs in America and abroad. I don...more
Not that I was ever expecting the latter, but this short story was something I wish had been blown out into a full novel. It is the story of Stan and Charmaine, a seemingly happy couple living i...more
The story is through the perspectives of Stan and Charmaine, a married couple who's chosen to go to prison for economic viability. A company has set up a program, called Consilience...more
This Kindle Single is really a longish short story, and I expect that future installments will bring out deeper and more complex threads in the fabric of the larger story.
As with most contemporary utopian/dystopian fiction the setting is more than just an ima...more
In alternating months they trade places in prison and on the outside. The motto of Consilience, a completely self-reliant compound, is “Do time now, buy time for our future.” In theory it’s an ideal solution to a bevy of problems, from unemployment to crime. In reality it’s a voluntary hand-over of control to immoral lead...more
Well. If this is what the rest of her stuff is like, I'm not missing out. I guess the idea is that by the end of this " chapter" I'd have been sucked into the plot and form over another 99 cents for the next installment. Instead, by the end I was bored, annoyed, and trying to figure out what all the Atwood hype is about. I found the wr...more
Ah Ms. Atwood. We meet again. You and I haven't been getting along so well of late. The Blind Assassin? Oryx and Crake? I tried to love them but it was not meant to be. But here we are. At last you've given me a tantalizing premise that I just can't walk away from. A dark future? Yes please. A sinister dystopian landscape dressed in idealistic utopian clothing? Tell me more!
To sweeten the deal a little further, this is the first installment of a bona fide serial experiment on Atwood's part. The...more
Which is a shame, as the premise of the story is very well thought out. As populations increase and available work and housing decreases why not split the population in two and house one half of the population while employing them to guard the oth...more
I like to argue that Huxley's Brave New World is superior, both in its vision and style.
Levin's This Perfect Day belongs on that list, as does James' Children of Men.
Hell, Atwood's Handmaid's Tale could be place right along side those volumes, and one would find no quarrel with me.
However, Atwood's newest, I'm Starved for You, fails to reach the pinnacles set by these memorable and innovative works.
Ms. Atwood has created a dystopian vision of the near-...more
Having read a great deal of terrible "hopping on the The Hunger Games bandwagon" YA recently, I was incredibly relieved to see that I don't actually have dystopia fatigue. I have bad dystopia fatigue. When done pr...more
Picture a society where everything looks like Main Street at Disney World, but on the first day of every month the residents trade places with inmates from the local prison, who then become the residents of the community.
As he’s returning to the prison, Stan discovers explicit note, from Jasmine to Max, his home’s other residents. Soon thoughts of his wife, Cha...more
Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, childr...more