Some Recent Reviews

Published on May 31, 2012 by

Poet at Large Reviews reviewed my collection Rejiggering the Thingamajig and Other Stories [Amazon | B&N]. A key quote:

It is a book that is hard to read all at once because unlike a novel you have to stop and think between stories where as with a novel the story runs chapter to chapter. Some of the stories are funny some of the stories are scary, but all of them make you think and I find that to be a good thing.

John Fairhurst favorably mentioned my short story “Lobstersaurus” in his review of the May 2012 issue of Analog:

Again, this was a story with an old fashioned theme though with a modern sensibility that made it a fun and straightforward read.

Tanget Online had a less favorable take on “Lobstersaurus”:

Stone’s piece falls into what I can only call the ‘girl-keeps-absurd-pet’ genre. You know where this story is going from the moment little Esperanza turns gooey-eyed at the adorable lobstersaurus, and I found it more than a little frustrating to watch as her parents failed to do the responsible thing. If you can get past that, this story will fill some time in an afternoon, but its plot twist comes as no surprise to anyone. The short-sightedness of the characters here is mind-boggling, and ultimately that proved too much for me to overcome. I suspect that this will be the case for many other readers, and it is a shame, because the story universe itself is quite well imagined. Snippets of a colonisation report punctuate the story, and I think Stone’s world held more promise than “Lobstersaurus” delivered.

Note: I’m the webmaster for Tangent Online, but I have no editorial control over the content of the reviews.

Over at A Motley Vision, a Mormon arts and culture blog, Mahonri Stewart has very nice things to say about “That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made,” which he read in the Monsters and Mormons anthology [Amazon | B&N]:

Stone’s writing in this story is exemplary. He wastes no time introducing us to the moral quandries that exist within the relatively new interaction between the two societies. Cultural hubris, religious exchange, scientific sterility, and spirituality all play interesting and even legitimately moving aspects of this unique and beautiful story.

 

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