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Spar

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  58 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
ebook, 5 pages
Published October 2009
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Unsung Stories
Jul 23, 2014 Unsung Stories rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Spar is an unrepentant and harrowing story. Anyone who reads the first sentence can tell you that. However, it's much more than that. This is art as a dark mirror. Essentially, Spar is the acid test as to whether you want to be entertained by literature, or edified. It doesn't have a grand arc, exciting plot development and characters you can really root for in a fist-pumping way. Instead it dwells on the traumatising and corrosive potential of relationships with death, or escaping with the ...more
Lionel
First things first: WTF !!!! I read a review (Unsung Stories') and then I understood what is was about.... But it is a short story that in the end has nothing to do with sci-fi and well, if I need an explanation, either it is really not for me or it is bad. I am going to go with the former but....
George
Jun 01, 2016 George rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Spar is an unrepentant and harrowing story. Anyone who reads the first sentence can tell you that. However, it's much more than that. This is art as a dark mirror. Essentially, Spar is the acid test as to whether you want to be entertained by literature, or edified. It doesn't have a grand arc, exciting plot development and characters you can really root for in a fist-pumping way. Instead it dwells on the traumatising and corrosive potential of relationships with death, or escaping with the ...more
Julia
Mar 16, 2015 Julia rated it did not like it
“In the tiny lifeboat, she and the alien fuck endlessly, relentlessly.” So begins this gross little short story, which, sadly, just gets worse from there. There’s almost no plot of which to speak: A mid-space collision between two starships results in two survivors—one human, one alien—climbing into a very tiny lifeboat together. And then . . . fucking. Endlessly. Relentlessly. Disgustingly. But not, it should be stated, pornographically. There is nothing titillating about their sex. In fact, ...more
Alfaniel Aldavan

I have no interest for alien sex, but I have enjoyed the rather rare occurrences I've read in the past.

Until now.
The experience of reading this short story is at the opposite pole of enjoyment. I didn't enjoy it. If I can still make sense of the concept of enjoyment.

I had no problem finishing it (it's a very short story), if there was more, I don't think I would have read it. Maybe. It's a mix of erotica and horror, where both erotica and horror refer to the same thing; in a science fiction sett
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Dione Basseri
Just about the same time I listened to this podcast, I also listened to Kij's story "Ponies." Both have some pretty disturbing content, but "Ponies" at least had some element of social commentary and theme. "Spar" is just a constant barrage of sex. And not sexy sex. Just...sex.

I suppose Kij is trying to write about the potential alien-ness of aliens, where sex may not be even an erotic act, and instead perhaps communication or like breathing. But there's so little outside the sex that I can't fe
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Carolina
Nov 12, 2015 Carolina rated it liked it
Okay... So this might not be the best Kij Johnson to read right after The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles. Totally different tone, setting, message. But so intringuing. A raw story about the impossibility of communication.
Booky Mary
Cette nouvelle est clairement pour un public averti, mais avec un certain humour et un cynisme qui empêche le texte d'être redondant et plat. Un O.V.N.I dans une ambiance aliénée : http://bookymary.blogspot.co.uk/2016/...
Jane Doe
Oct 23, 2013 Jane Doe rated it it was ok
This story had potential and was actually interesting...until the end it just stops. I intensely dislike stories like that. Similar to having to sneeze and then the feeling goes away. grrrrr
Greg
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Oct 26, 2016
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Carmella
May 24, 2016 Carmella rated it it was ok
Well-written sex horror story? Disgustingly filthy? Both. Nebula Award? That´s too much!
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Brielle
Aug 16, 2014 Brielle rated it really liked it
This kinda mindfucked me.
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Oct 26, 2014 Mariana rated it liked it
I won't forget about this for a while. And I'm glad I won't.
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Kij Johnson is an American writer of fantasy. She has worked extensively in publishing: managing editor for Tor Books and Wizards of the Coast/TSR, collections editor for Dark Horse Comics, project manager working on the Microsoft Reader, and managing editor of Real Networks. She is Associate Director for the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas, and serves as a ...more
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