The Navigators is a wonderful short story about a single father and his son, as they bond over a strange video game, the likes of which they’ve neverThe Navigators is a wonderful short story about a single father and his son, as they bond over a strange video game, the likes of which they’ve never seen before. Mike Meginnis is another author I would likely never have stumbled upon without the Levar Burton Reads Podcast. I loved this story. I loved the relationship between the two characters. I loved the concept of a video game that hobbles you as you progress. I loved the philosophical questions that the characters confront through the game and their differing reactions. It’ll tug at your heartstrings....more
Another short that I listened to via the Levar Burton Reads podcast. I really enjoyed the premise of this story. It's about three women who know how tAnother short that I listened to via the Levar Burton Reads podcast. I really enjoyed the premise of this story. It's about three women who know how to pickle their memories in jars for safekeeping, allowing them to forget bad memories, without completely losing them. I felt that the story itself felt a little rushed and ended up feeling a little flat for me. I wish there had been more character exploration, as the characters felt a little wooden. Still, it was a cute story with a theme that I usually enjoy, it just didn't feel like the author explored the concept very much and some of the transitions as time passed seemed a little clumsy....more
Graham Greene is the story of a man that is asked to find the son of an ailing elderly woman. There is no particular reason to ask our main character,Graham Greene is the story of a man that is asked to find the son of an ailing elderly woman. There is no particular reason to ask our main character, he is not close with the woman and he's not a detective. He's just a kind man. The woman hasn't heard from her son in more than 30 years. She's around one hundred years old and her son would be in his eighties, if he's alive at all. Added to that, her memory is spotty, providing little useful information to start with.
This short is another I've enjoyed through the Levar Burton Reads Podcast. This isn't the kind of short I'd usually look up, but I'm glad I listened to it. As some other reviewers have stated, the ending isn't necessarily surprising, but I found it to be emotionally impactful and wouldn't necessarily change it. I hesitate to say more, for fear of spoiling the story, but I do think this is the kind of work that has more impact when read aloud. I might have rated it three stars instead of four, if it weren't for Levar Burton's narration....more
Chivalry is a wonderful short story by Neil Gaiman about an elderly woman who has fallen into the mundane routine of life. I recently listened to it oChivalry is a wonderful short story by Neil Gaiman about an elderly woman who has fallen into the mundane routine of life. I recently listened to it on the LeVar Burton Reads podcast and can say little about it that LeVar Burton doesn’t already cover. I really enjoyed this one. The shifts between her normal routine and the fantastical visits that follow a simple thrift store purchase were perfect. The pace of the story may irritate some readers, but in this case, being eased into the story is a part of the beauty. I’ll say no more, for fear of ruining the short. Recommended to those who enjoy fantasy books, especially if you enjoy a British writing style. ...more
The Second Bakery attack is another short story I've listened to courtesy of Levar Burton Reads. Though I've enjoyed quotes from Murakami works and atThe Second Bakery attack is another short story I've listened to courtesy of Levar Burton Reads. Though I've enjoyed quotes from Murakami works and attempted to introduce myself to his work through IQ84, I have never made it through a complete Murakami story before now. Though I can't blame Murakami for that - I just opted for audio at the time and the CDs from my local library were unplayable.
So this is my first real introduction to his work and I've got to say - I'm already hooked. This intimate look at the dynamics of a new marriage and the bizarre events that follow a late night discussion between the newlyweds, make this short a delight to experience. There is little I can say without giving too much away, but I highly recommend this contemporary short. ...more
I always hesitate to give details on short stories so as a result, this review will be short. This collection of Bradbury shorts mainly focuses aroundI always hesitate to give details on short stories so as a result, this review will be short. This collection of Bradbury shorts mainly focuses around nostalgia for one’s youth. I didn’t find any of them to be groundbreaking, but there is a certain bittersweet charm to some of these stories. In a few stories, the theme focuses more on disillusionment with the past. A couple stories feature sexual themes, such as the protagonist’s memory of his first oral experience, which doesn’t bother me, but may offend some readers. I enjoyed Remember Me, Mr. Pale, Madame et Monsieur Shill and The Highest Branch on the Tree the most. A Woman is a Fast Moving Picture was highly amusing, but nothing mind blowing. If MGM is Killed Who Gets the Lion, was a most promising title, but probably one of the dullest shorts I’ve ever read. Most everything else was just okay in my opinion. ...more
Most of the shorts in S is for Space, seem to be an exercise in reworking the same theme. Bradbury seems to be asking what the world might be like, ifMost of the shorts in S is for Space, seem to be an exercise in reworking the same theme. Bradbury seems to be asking what the world might be like, if we give up our imaginations entirely, in the name of science, logic and progress. Nostalgia for the magic of childhood and the impossible, seems to have been at the forefront of Bradbury’s mind. What disastrous consequences might humanity bring upon itself, if we stop worrying about things that go bump in the night?
I think I would have enjoyed this set of stories a lot more, if I had read it earlier in my life, before I became more familiar with 60’s sci-fi. Some of the endings seemed a bit unsatisfying, a couple of stories seemed to barely skim the surface of the ideas introduced, but overall I found the collection enjoyable, if not phenomenal. I was fond of A Pillar of Fire, Time in Thy Flight, Come into My Cellar and The Pedestrian, though I hesitate to give any detail on short stories, for fear of spoilers. Interestingly, The Flying Machine diverges stylistically from most of the other stories, written in the style of a Chinese parable.
Definitely worth a read once, but I wouldn’t deem it necessary for my permanent collection. It was a relaxing read, light enough to burn through pretty quickly, but not one story felt particularly surprising. ...more