Mieville can sure write short fiction. I really enjoyed that a lot of this was set in very normal, contemporary settings with something magical or fanMieville can sure write short fiction. I really enjoyed that a lot of this was set in very normal, contemporary settings with something magical or fantastic thrown in - it was very Gaimanesque but very original at the same time. What I am trying to say is that you should read this....more
I actually enjoyed most of the stories in Everything here is the best thing ever. They were kind of average and not as zany as the description on theI actually enjoyed most of the stories in Everything here is the best thing ever. They were kind of average and not as zany as the description on the back led me to believe, but a couple were outstanding (well, mostly Tetris - I'm a sucker for apocalypse stories, I guess).
And then I got to the last two stories, "Jewels Flashing in the Night of Time" and "Whistle Through Your Teeth and Spit". I didn't like the former, but I actually kind of hated "Whistle...". I didn't really get why people were calling this a bunch of hipster stories until that one - it's like it went down a checklist. Character in a cover band? Yep. Specific mention of beards and fedoras? Yep. Grungy coffee shop being infested by "bourgeois"? Yep. Pointed music commentary? Yep. Tattoos? Yep. And the overwhelming feeling I'm left with is... who cares? I mean - these are all things I like. Hanging out in cafes? Talking about obscure music? Getting tattoos? That's essentially all I do, but that doesn't make it a good story. It comes across as self-involved and pretentious, and it reminds me why hipsters are everyone's favorite thing to hate*.
So I don't know. Really, most of this was an enjoyable, light read. I don't think it's going to have a huge lasting impression, but I liked it well enough - until the very end. I would recommend putting the book down before the last story, at least.
*"Hipster" is a troubling word, I know. Everyone has their own definition for it, which ultimately seems to come down to "someone who does things I don't like". I tried not to use it but this story was so saturated I could almost taste the PBR. Seriously.