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Howard Waldrop (1946–2024)

Autor(a) de Them Bones

92+ Works 1,756 Membros 41 Críticas 15 Favorited

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Obras por Howard Waldrop

Them Bones (1984) 287 exemplares
Howard Who? (1986) 203 exemplares
The Texas-Israeli War: 1999 (1974) — Autor — 178 exemplares
Night of the Cooters (1990) 121 exemplares
Going Home Again (1998) 80 exemplares
Custer's Last Jump and Other Collaborations (2003) — Autor — 77 exemplares
A Dozen Tough Jobs (1989) 43 exemplares
Heart Of Whitenesse (2005) 38 exemplares
The Ugly Chickens [novelette] (1980) 24 exemplares
A Better World's In Birth (2003) 16 exemplares
Man-Mountain Gentian 7 exemplares
Haunt of Horror, Volume 1, No.2 (1973) 7 exemplares
H'Ard Starts: The Early Waldrop (2023) 5 exemplares
French Scenes [short fiction] (1988) 5 exemplares
Avast Abaft! 5 exemplares
Men Of Greywater Station (1976) 4 exemplares
Calling Your Name 4 exemplares
US (short story) 4 exemplares
Mr. Goober's Show 4 exemplares
God's Hooks! 4 exemplares
Frogskin Cap [short story] (2009) 3 exemplares
Our Mortal Span {short story} (2000) 3 exemplares
Lunchbox {short story} (1972) 3 exemplares
Sun Up 3 exemplares
One Horse Town 3 exemplares
Fin de Cyclé [novelette] (1991) 3 exemplares
Green Brother 2 exemplares
Horror, We Got 2 exemplares
Ces chers vieux monstres (1987) 2 exemplares
"Winter Quarters" 2 exemplares
He-We-Await 1 exemplar
Helpless, Helpless 1 exemplar
Radio Pictures 1 exemplar
Ninieslando 1 exemplar
Thin on the Ground 1 exemplar
Willow Beeman 1 exemplar
"D = R x T" 1 exemplar

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Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Malone, Edward
Malone, Sir Simon
Wyatt, F. D. (with Steve Utley)
Data de nascimento
1946-09-15
Data de falecimento
2024-01-14
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
USA
Local de nascimento
Houston, Mississippi, USA
Local de falecimento
Austin, Texas, USA
Causa da morte
stroke
Locais de residência
Austin, Texas, USA
Oso, Washington, USA
Ocupações
fiction writer
fly fisherman
Organizações
Turkey City Writer's Workshop
Prémios e menções honrosas
World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (2021)

Membros

Críticas

This is a collection of short stories and one novella by Howard Waldrop. Having read his alternative history novel Them Bones, it's obvious given the contents of this volume that alternative histories are a favourite theme of Waldrop's as some of the stories here are based around those too.

Others are whimsy based on a what-if idea such as what if time travellers arrived in a world based on the works of the great artists, or what if all the 1950s low budget films about alien invasions, featuring Martians, giant ants/crabs/gila monsters etc etc came true. They all invade at once and overwhelm the Earth, with the story told from the POV of an American army soldier who has decided to make a final stand. This variety of story was based on an interesting idea but left me with a so-what feeling ultimately. They were clever conceits, but had no real character identification.

The best story in the collection is probably the one about the old man hired to hunt a Wild Man. It's obvious early on that this is Ernest Hemingway and this is some allegory of his ultimate fate.

The stories are not badly written but I found quite a few of them baffling. I don't see the point of, for example, rewriting the Labours of Hercules from Greek mythology, but setting them in the southern states of America in the late 1920s with Hercules as a convict doing his final year as community service. And where I knew the subject, such as ancient Egypt, this only served to highlight the deficiencies: Waldrop tells us in his intro to He-We-Await (most of the stories have intros about their conception) that he spent six months researching Eyptian history, but unfortunately this didn't allow him to avoid a 'clanger' about the goddess Sekhmet which took me right out of the story. Two of the characters are named after Sekhmet and portrays her as a hippopotamus, but she was a lion goddess, (Tarowset was the hippopotamus deity). Quite a lot of historical research is on prominent display, such as a rather fanciful account of mumification - I've never read that the priest who cut into the body was chased by the others with rocks and I don't think the practice of mummification would have survived long - not the thousands of years it did - if it put someone's life at stake every time it was done! That sequence is straight infodump to display his research as he then tells us the Pharoah in question was not mummified and there are other sequences like that in the story which add absolutely nothing. The ending also comes over as a damp squib as well as being predicatable for most of the story.

I think these stories either appeal to a reader or not - they are "Marmite" fiction - and I'm obviously not the audience for them.
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kitsune_reader | 2 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
A rather episodic time travel novel switching between three different time zones/alternative histories. Quite a good idea but I didn't find any of the characters realised apart from the 'hero' in one and the man who befriends him in the pre Colombian type society where he ends up.
 
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kitsune_reader | 8 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
An interesting collection of Waldrop's collaborations, with a cover I would never have guessed was by Freas. It reminded me a bit of Pohl's The Wonder Effect collecting his short stories with Cyril Kornbluth. But where only Pohl was around to talk about the collaboration process, every story in Custer's Last Jump is preceded by a note from Waldrop on how the story came to be, and followed by a note from the co-author on their version of the events. The collection is also in part a celebration of a collective of Texas SF authors who arose at roughly the same time.

History is a recurring element. Custer's Last Jump involves Custer, dirigibles, airplanes, and the parachute jump of the title, told in a very dry matter of fact series of historical selections, with bibliography. A popular story but it was an idea dragged out much too long for my tastes. Most of the other stories are good, albeit mostly downbeat. One Horse Town retells the story of the Trojan Horse from three temporal viewpoints -- a soldier at the event, Homer, and Schliemann -- with some intersections in time. A Voice and Bitter Weeping is the seed for Waldrop and Saunder's novel The Texas-Israeli War:1999. My favorite is Black as the Pit, from Pole to Pole, which tells what happened next to Frankenstein's monster in the Arctic, cleverly mixing together multiple real versions of inner Earths. The other stories are already fading in memory.

Recomended as a solid interesting collection.
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ChrisRiesbeck | Apr 21, 2023 |
Bland collection that seems to be stuck in a parochial 1950s America mindset, even though they were written from the 1980's onward.
 
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SChant | 4 outras críticas | Apr 9, 2023 |

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Obras
92
Also by
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Membros
1,756
Popularidade
#14,650
Avaliação
½ 3.7
Críticas
41
ISBN
52
Línguas
4
Marcado como favorito
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