The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories
A long-awaited collection of fourteen stories that intersect imaginatively with Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, The Wizard of Oz, and Flannery O’Conn ...more
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This is the author of "Pride and Prometheus," which I read in 2008 (when it was published) and must absolutely have been the reason for me wanti ...more
Subversive literary mash-ups seem to be all the rage today, and Oz doubly so. The last few years have seen the release of a manga, Alan Moore's pornographic Lost Girls, the excelle ...more
Kessel's historical/literary mash-ups were brilliant, too: Orson Welles in a sci-fi story ("It's All True")--who'd have thought? The name and spirit of Tyler Durden carrying on in a lunar colony in ...more
Still, this book blends science fiction with "straight" fiction as well as anything I've read since Vonnegut. Like Vonnegut, the sci-fi elements of his work serve to satire contemporary society and culture. What was most intriguing about this book was the way many ...more
In "Every Angel Is Terrifying" we have an out-and-out weirdo borrowed or extended from another author's work. This one's good. In the end, things don't go well in this story either, and it's sad, but somehow not ...more
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The Baum Plan for Financial Independence: A modern North Carolinian Dorothy takes a friend on an adventure.
Every Angel is Terrifying: A psychologically disturbed killer named Railroad seeks a fresh start.
The Red Phone: Two telephone operators handle a phone sex conversation for their clients.
The Invisible Empire: Feminist vigilantes in a fundamentalist Christian world.
A Lunar Quartet (The Juniper Tree, Stories for Men, Under the Lunchbox Tree, & S ...more
Critics were all excited to see another anthology from Kessler, even if most of the stories here have already appeared in top science fiction magazines. While some admitted they were at first skeptical of the motif of entering other authors' worlds, most felt that not only did Kessler pull off these stories with gusto but he did so in such a way that readers can enjoy his tales even if they have not read the original authors. While the Strange Horizons reviewer was not quite as impressed by the...more
That being said, these stories are incredibly creative. I appreciated (even while hating what happened) the heck out of the Lunar Quartet ...more
The title story is the best one. Its main character, a petty criminal, discovers the truth underlying the world, becomes incredibly wealthy as a consequence, and may or may not be happy.
The other best story is "Stories for Men" about a lunar colony run along feminist principles. It raises a lot of questions about ou ...more
Pride and Prometheus sees Mary Bennet encountering an intense young man from Switzerland, one Victor Frankenstein. It isn't a goofy mash-up in the style of the Pride and Prejudice with zombies book, but rather an intelligent and entirely natural story examining the interplay of the themes of the two novels.