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Publish and Perish by James Hynes
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Jan 03, 2012

it was ok

Hynes does a fine job of making characters come to life and just as fine a job of plotting his creepy stories. At the word and sentence level he satisfies as well. He's a craftsman.

The trouble I had with all those deftly drawn characters is that many/most of them are asses (yah, poetic justice kind of requires that characters deserve what happens to them, so being an ass is a definite plus for a character who's going to get his life demolished).

But I just plain got tired of hanging out with them.

The stories in this collection are novellas and maybe that was my problem. If Hynes had simply drawn the characters, set them in motion, let them cause their fates and then drawn those in, say 4000 words each, I think I would have enjoyed the stories hugely. But at the novella length, the characters come to fully inhabit their lives...and the reader's head. I didn't much enjoy that.

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