“Wait,” you might be asking yourself. “Didn’t I just see this post yesterday?”
Not quite, readers, not quite. Yesterday was a discussion thread for those who had already read Unusual Events: A “Short” Story Collection. Today? This one’s for those of you who haven’t read it yet, but have maybe been wondering if it’s really worth your time and money. Because Unusual Events‘ first big review is here, from none other than “Papa Pat” Patterson!
The summary? He loved it. Papa Pat gave Unusual Events a five star rating, and summarized his review with “Support Great (!!!) Short Fiction, and BUY THIS BOOK!!!” You can’t get much better than that.
Well, maybe you can. Take a look at some of the glowing words he offered over the course of his review:
“Flash Point” describes the transition that high school student Mark experiences when he discovers that he can set things on fire with his mind. Mark is already an outcast at his high school, because he is new, a member of a small religious denomination, and because he won’t give in. Read this, then read “Tuesdays with Molakesh the Destroyer”, and then you’ll have a pretty good idea of the perspectives that Stephen King missed when he wrote “Carrie”.
Holy smokes, did Flash Point just get put in a similar category as Tuesdays with Molakesh the Destroyer? Because I think it just did. Cloud nine, here I come!
“Vacation” and “Workday” took me immediately back to La Vaughn Vanderburg-Kemnow’s “Alaska Bush Mother,” which I reviewed about a month ago. “Workday” also reminded me of Dave Freer’s coming of age stories.
I’ve loved some of Dave Freer’s books (especially Dragon’s Ring), so this one gives me about as much glee as the comparison to Tuesdays did above!
I just flat loved “Supermodel,” because it seems to be the very best explanation of superhero stories and superhero fan stories. Did you ever wonder why Superman didn’t just go smash the enemies of America? This story explains all that.
” Ripper” is a nasty little story about a nasty little person guaranteed to give you the creeps.
Yeah, I’m grinning like mad over here. Being compared to Dave Freer or Megan Grey’s Tuesdays? That’s some awesome praise. And he loved Supermodel (which, since it was kind of an experimental story, is good to hear). This day just stays awesome.
You can read the rest of Papa Pat’s review, as well as check out Unusual Events” A “Short” Story Collection yourself right here.