Going Down to Lucky Town

Going Down to Lucky Town

by Douglas Smith
     
 

Charlie the Pearl—con man, gambler, and ever absent father—is about to catch the dream that he’s chased his entire life—the secret of good luck. But it’s a secret that could cost Charlie the only thing in the world that he loves more than a winning streak—his daughter.

Urban fantasy (novelette)

"There are echoes

Overview

Charlie the Pearl—con man, gambler, and ever absent father—is about to catch the dream that he’s chased his entire life—the secret of good luck. But it’s a secret that could cost Charlie the only thing in the world that he loves more than a winning streak—his daughter.

Urban fantasy (novelette)

"There are echoes of Ellison again, and of Ray Bradbury, in this understated and deeply moving tale of a con artist who stumbles across an opportunity to right some of the wrongs of his past. ...a deceptively simple narrative of luck, loss, betrayal, and redemption. [The father / daughter interaction] is handled with honesty and a real understanding of the complexity of a relationship between two individuals" —The Fix

"...a very moving story about a part time gambler, part time con-man who seems to have gotten down luck to a measurable skill. ... Another superb story that made this volume such an unforgettable one for me." —Fantasy Book Critic

"...packs a powerful emotional punch." —Dead Reckonings magazine

"Another great story, but I'm getting used to that. Deft handling of character and setting (gambling, cons, and the game of life)..." —SF Crowsnest Book Reviews

"...a bittersweet story about a con man with the talent to detect luck. [...] The plot is wound up and then discharged with nicely inevitable narrative logic." —Locus

"Smith takes a simple idea and finds potential that many other writers would have overlooked in favour of some easier option. At the story’s heart is the relationship between father and daughter, and the things they do to make this work, rendered with a singular care and tenderness, the appreciation that sometimes we muck up without meaning to and that sacrifices are required." —Black Static Magazine

"The coup-de-grace of this triumvirate of wondrousness [Impossibilia]." —Mass Movement Magazine

"...again showcases something different on the part of Smith. This is very much a con story and the author succeeds in accomplishing his goals at the same time injecting it with speculative elements. The set-up was handled judiciously and the ending delivered on the goods. This piece caters to a sub-genre (or a combination of two disassociated genres) that's neglected in my opinion but Smith does it justice and gives it the proper treatment it deserves." —Bibilophile Stalker - Speculative Fiction Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148144359
Publisher:
Douglas Smith
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Sold by:
Draft2Digital
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
325 KB

Meet the Author

"His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." --Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author"One of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." --Library Journal"A great storyteller with a gifted and individual voice." --Charles de LintDouglas Smith is an award-winning author of speculative fiction, with over a million words of fiction published in thirty countries and two dozen languages.He has won Canada's Aurora Award three times and has been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, the CBC Bookies award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane.Doug's book length works include:THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Lucky Bat Books, 2013) - Urban fantasy novelCHIMERASCOPE (ChiZine, 2010) - Finalist for the Sunburst Award, Aurora Award, and CBC Bookies AwardIMPOSSIBILIA (PS Publishing, 2008) - Finalist for the Aurora AwardLA DANSE DES ESPRITS (Dreampress, 2011) - Finalist for France's Prix Masterton and Prix Bob MoraneIn 2010, an independent film producer released a multi-award winning short film based on Doug's story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down." Films based on his stories "A State of Disorder" and "Memories of the Dead Man" are also in the works.Website: smithwriter.comTwitter: smithwrtrSELECTED REVIEWS"Smith's writing, evocative yet understated, gracefully brings to life his imagined realms." -- Quill and Quire *Starred Review*"Smith paints his worlds so well that you are transported within a paragraph or two and remain in transit until the story ends." --Broken Pencil, The Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts"Echoes of Stephen King, Richard Matheson, and Clive Barker haunt the halls of Smith's work, but the end result is completely original, and always enthralling." --Cory Redekop"Douglas Smith is an extraordinary author whom every lover of quality speculative fiction should read." --Fantasy Book Critic"Smith is definitely an author who deserves to be more widely read." --Strange Horizons"I've yet to read a work of his that wasn't beautifully written, but more than that, his stories resonate with a deep understanding of the human condition as well as a characteristic wry wonder... Stories you can't forget, even years later." --Julie Czerneda, award-winning author and editor"An ambitious and adventurous new writer." --Gardner Dozois, author and editor"Smith is a master of beginnings ... some of the most well-crafted hooks you'll find anywhere: deft introductions to the characters and their not-quite-familiar worlds packed into just a sentence or two that draw the reader in. As for the endings ... Smith's tendency is to forego the shocking twist for endings that feel satisfying and right, a trade-off that I'll take any day." --Canadian Science Fiction Reviews

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