Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The New Death and others by James Hutchings
Death gets a roommate...
An electronic Pope faces a difficult theological question...
A wicked vizier makes a terrible bargain...
44 stories. 19 poems. No whiny vampires. There's a thin line between genius and insanity, and James Hutchings has just crossed it - but from which direction?
This was such an amusing book to read. It is a collection of stories, poems, and jokes that will keep you smiling, if not laughing.
It’s hard to categorize this book. To give you an idea of the type of stories you’ll encounter, my favorite in the collection was “The Auto-Pope, where a robot is elected as Pope. But there are also the poems, most of them dark and moody, with lovely lyrical lines that are worth savoring. The jokes are a nice break, like a respite, before plunging into another poem or story. There is a nice mix of each of these, giving the book a good pace.
For a lot of people, this collection would probably be best read in small bits. When read all at once, the stories might be a bit overwhelming. The same with the poems.
If your reading style tends to be in the “different” category, then this collection would be great for you.