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A comment on Russell's first story
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After two stories you see the pattern: character with an extraordinary talent/background/to...
After two stories you see the pattern: character with an extraordinary talent/background/toy/story, meager plot, and then no resolution. The more stories I read, the less I liked the collection. And I really, really, wanted to like it.
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Posted May 16, 2007
Same Old Type of Stories
With all the hype around this book I was very excited to read it only to be highly, awfully disappointed. Each story is written as if from a formula being taught to young writers in creative writing programs around the country these days: set up a problem, create some overly eccentric characters, use the flashiest most poetic language you can muster, and then write a resolution that half resolves the problem and half leaves it open, making the reader say, 'Oh, wow, what next?' Another problem is that many of the stories are told in first-person by an adolescent narrator, and in the present tense, yet they use that flashy, poetic language -- how many teenagers are smart enough out there to write such stories? It's obviously the author doing the writing, not the character-narrator, and so the whole illusion of the story breaks down and fails. Also, none of the themes in this book are new: growing up is hard to do, my parents aren't there for me, the world stinks. It's the same old thing wrapped up in a new package. I'd recommend a pass on this one.
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Posted May 21, 2011
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