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Impossible Things by Connie Willis
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Feb 15, 10

bookshelves: collection, fantasy, science-fiction
Read from February 10 to 13, 2010

A collection of short stories by Connie Willis. I thought I'd read more of her short stories than I had, but there was only one story in here that I'd already read. "Even the Queen", which I like. I'm envious of the characters in it.

The stories have themes you'll be familiar with if you've read other things by Connie Willis. Time travel, the Blitz, Christianity, hectic goings-on, Hollywood.

One type of story she writes that I find uncomfortable is ones in which characters can never seem to sit down and talk to each other. The main character can't achieve the simplest of goals because she's too busy being interrupted by other people and circumstances. It creates a tension in me that I don't like. I'm not reading on to find out what happens next; I'm reading on so the out-of-control situation will finally END. It's rather like being overwhelmed by too much, prolonged, multitasking. In the stories, it makes for comedy, but I can't fully appreciate the humor, because I'm too irritated.

Absolutely none of the stories bored me, though. And I couldn't even point at flaws in them. Which is why she's a master.
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