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Matthew Johnson (1)

Autor(a) de Irregular Verbs and Other Stories

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15+ Works 78 Membros 10 Críticas

Obras por Matthew Johnson

Irregular Verbs and Other Stories (2014) 40 exemplares
Fall From Earth (2008) 14 exemplares
Public Safety 4 exemplares
Irregular Verbs 3 exemplares
Heroic Measures 2 exemplares
Another Country 2 exemplares
Lagos 2 exemplares
The Afflicted 2 exemplares
Outside Chance 1 exemplar
The Coldest War 1 exemplar
Long Pig 1 exemplar
The Last Islander 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2011 Edition (2011) — Contribuidor — 93 exemplares
Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition (2007) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition (2008) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
Zombies: More Recent Dead (2014) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
The Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera (2015) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2013) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2015) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 073 (October 2012) (2012) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 38, No. 4 & 5 [April/May 2014] (2014) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Not Just Rockets and Robots: Daily Science Fiction Year One (2012) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction (2015) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Timelines: Stories Inspired by H.G. Wells' The Time Machine (2010) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 065 (February 2012) (2012) — Compositor — 5 exemplares
At Year's End [Anthology 19-in-1] (2012) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Daily Science Fiction: September 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


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Locais de residência
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada



This was a solid collection of stories. The ideas were great, and I like his prose. There were a couple stories in there that I found really boring, but I just skipped them and the rest were really compelling! Nice little tastes of great sci fi concepts.
katebrarian | 3 outras críticas | Jul 28, 2020 |
Clunky with a poor understanding of science, it slow improves a bit but the blocky characters never resolve themselves into anybody interesting. Not a bad concept but the execution needs a lot of work.There's a few basic grammatical/typing errors that really should have been caught, plus continutity world building faults, along with the afoorementioned poor characters and basic science fails.
reading_fox | 2 outras críticas | Mar 13, 2019 |
Stories of history and its telling, both "real" and imagined, presented in narrative forms reflective of diverse cultures. Fiction, fantasy and science fiction, all compelling.
NatalieSW | 3 outras críticas | Dec 11, 2014 |

The Publisher Says: keluarga: to move to a new village
lunak: to search for something without finding it
mencintai: to love for the last time

Meet a guilt-ridden nurse who atones for her sins by joining her zombified patients in exile; a lone soldier standing guard on a desolate Arctic island against an invasion that may be all in his mind; a folksinger who tries to unionize Hell; and a private eye who only takes your case after you die. Visit a resettlement centre for refugees from ancient Rome; a lost country recreated by its last citizen on the Internet; and a restaurant where the owner’s ghost lingers for one final party. Discover the inflationary effects of a dragon’s hoard, the secret connection between Mark Twain and Frankenstein, and the magic power of blackberry jam—all in this debut collection of strange, funny, and bittersweet tales by acclaimed writer Matthew Johnson.

My Review: The UK Book-A-Day meme, a book a day for August 2014, is the goad I'm using to get through my snit-based unwritten SF-book reviews. Today's prompt, the third in the meme, is an excellent collection of short stories.

Matthew Johnson's collection is assured and sublimely well-written. His ideas are very well matched to his genres, and his emotional barometer is calibrated beautifully to the story medium.

5 stars
"Irregular Verbs" tells the story of grief. When your closest companion dies, a language is lost. There are things you can never, ever say aloud again. I don't know how he knows this, but he does.

4.5 stars
"Another Country" presents the alienation of dislocation in a different way than we're accustomed to. Space and time require things of us, things we don't often think about. This is what happens when those things are lost.
"Public Safety" is a thing I've dreamt of for years, an alternative history story wherein the French Republic of 1792 never fell. I **loved** this tale of Reason gone mad. Half-star off for copy-editing infelicities. They worked my nerve hard. Pay special attention to the date of the story's action. Heh.

4 stars
"What You Couldn't Leave Behind" is set in Bardo City, features a skinny restaurateur named The Jackal, and concerns a recently dead man's murder. It's an Egypto-Buddhist Afterlife Noir, you see, complete with Sam Spade and a healthy admixture of Rick Blaine. There's The Femme Fatale, take your pick of Lauren Bacall or Ingrid Bergman, there's the Maltese Falcon/Canopic jars, there's the quest to reach Nirvana(ish) space with a heart as light as a feather. Like all stories here, it's best savored on multiple levels.

3.5 stars
"Beyond the Fields You Know" turns the Narnia/Peter Pan mythos into the same blender carafe as Alice and Beatrix Potter are lying in and sets the speed to frappé. From the screaming foam of your treasured childhood reads emerges a dark and dangerous war fought for unknown reasons by unknowable strangers, all served and supported by Lost Boys who're supervised by the White Rabbit and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle's evil twins. Fun, but slight.

3 stars
"When We Have Time" did nothing for me to speak of; it has the virtue of brevity and makes a sneaky point about the role of money in modern life. Still, I've read it before and in more depth.

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richardderus | 3 outras críticas | Aug 1, 2014 |


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