To knock down Surprised it ver got publishedTraps There s something horrible in the attic of the nice family who are just planning their happy trip to Disneyland ho humMuscles An Campfire ex stripper reappears in Times Suare after being attacked a couple of years ago Now she s a female bodybuilder But why does she need all those muscles I actually liked this one uite a bit didn t see thend coming uite the way it didMenage a Trois A creepy deformed old lady invites attractive young folk to work in her house a spooky gothic mansion of course But what is her real motivationCuts An author does vil voodoo on the movie producer that he feels ruined his novel Blah Of course Wilson hated the movie that was made from his book The Keep I m a super Repairman Jack fan but had never read any other books by F Paul Wilson This was a delightful group of stories to start with Even though these are some of his arliest published stories I can tell Mr Wilson is uite a story teller and I look forward to reading of his books outside of the Secret History of the World series I anticipated something very different when I first started this collection I thought of outright horror and visceral creatures of horrid creation Instead I got some very science fiction Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars esue horror stories some pretty neat tales of fallen musicians and some medical thriller chillers It wasn t perfect but it was pretty darn good all the same Generally when I read horror it is by people who I would consider liberal in their views so it was interesting to read horror by someone who I and many other people would consider conservative I didn t realize the author wrote this way so it came as a bit of a surprise Writing is fine but I dont share the authors views and some of what he considers horror just makes me sad Buckets was the tipping point Reading a pro life horror story definitely made me feel somemotions but not in the way the author probably intended Would have been a three star review if not for Buckets which sucks so much as a horror story it crosses the line from cheesy corny writing into slightly offensive and massively stupid A uick rewrite or a deserving main character might have saved this but otherwise it just feels uncomfortable and cheesy The other stories however are perfectly good If you re a fan of Wilson they re worth a try but just skip Buckets and Read 5 stories from this as I work my way through the W section of my stories to be read list I know Wilson s name from THE KEEP which I ve never read and his Repairman Jack character ditto A look at my records tells me that I ve not really liked many things by him I ve read not hated anything ither but only 2 stories out of 12 I ve read really did anything for me one recently in The Ultimate Frankenstein and one a long time ago in Razored SaddlesReading these 5 give me the
impression that Wilson is a competent dedicated genre writer solid in his writing chops in the sense that Wilson is a competent dedicated genre writer solid in his writing chops in the sense he understands concision and focus but with no distinctive style At best reliable at worst workmanlike His stories rarely surprise or impress in fact none here came ven close but they re not terrible just unambitious As it is with a lot of working genre writersOf the stories I readThe Last One Mo Once Golden Oldies Revival is as Wilson says in Such an Crazy Love excellent collection of science fictionhorrortwilight stories Easy to think of Wilson in regards to Repairman Jack or his medical thrillers but you forget this is also the guy who wrote The Keep Reborn and Reprisal Loved the stories in here On the whole this was a pleasant bag of literary trail mix withnough tasty morsels to make the overall xperience a satisfying one Being a real fan of a number of F Paul Wilson s novels specially the LaNague Federation and Repairman Jack series I was xcited to finally read this collection of his short fiction I m glad I did because there are a few must read gems lurking within these pages While the uality of the stories was a tad uneven I have come TO EXPECT THIS FROM SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS AND WAS expect this from short story collections and was happy to sift through the chaff to locate the wheat In my opinion the uality fforts in this collection definitely make this worth sampling That said the collection starts off tragically with a couple of piss poor pieces called The Cleaning Machine and Ratman both of which I thought were several rungs below okay and read very much like rough drafts After finishing these two I thought I may have stepped in a pile and was barely containing my disappointment when the third story Lipid. Ipidleggin'To Fill the Sea and AirGreen WinterBe Fruitful and MultiplySoftThe Last One Mo' Once Golden Oldies RevivalThe Years the Mus. This is a fine collection of SHORT STORIES FROM ONE OF THE stories from one of the genre writers around today These stories were from arlier in his career before Repairman Jack and still at the beginning of the Adversary Cycle They re all well written and fun to read with a few surprises such as a pro life Halloween horror story never thought I d see that combination but IMHO it works well If you like dark short fiction with the occassional science fiction tale then this is for you Meh Not a keeper Even in
his novel length work I prefer Wilson s science fiction rather than novel length work I prefer Wilson s science fiction rather than horror ven though it s his horror that s much popular I didn t care for The Keep and preferred his much obscure The LaNague Chronicles Half of these 16 stories are old fashioned horror of the supernatural kind Half are science fiction Although uite a few of those have a horror flavor Wilson doesn t give Stephen King or Isaac Asimov a run for their money I can t say I find any of the stories particularly memorable Black Heart, Red Ruby except Buckets which I did remember right from the opening lines from my first read of this years ago problem is it s the story in the anthology I disliked the most True I don t care for the anti abortion message but I also thought itye rollingly heavy handed The same could be said of Lipidleggin ven if the 1978 story does seem rather prophetic in its food police and I agree with its libertarian message And I found other such message stories such as Be Fruitful and Multiply ven clunkily trailing anvils and too far fetched to allow me to suspend my disbelief My favorite story in the book was the one with no whiff of horror the most upbeat of the bunch and I thought the one with the most clever twist To Fill the Sea and Air But I don t like it New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood enough to let this book continue to claim shelf space A collection of short stories by Wilson a new author for me Most of the stories were horror many with a sci fi bentThe book was a uick read but I didn t like itnough to go out and look for anything Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey else by the author The writing is competent in a mainstream fiction sort of way and there are a few good ideas but nothing really out of the ordinary And a few things that I disagreed with philosophicallyThe stories areThe Cleaning Machine A schizophrenic womanxplains to the police what
Exactly Happened To All Of Her Missing happened to all of her missing An interplanetary xterminator specializes in dealing with pesky space ratsLipidleggin In the future after unhealthy foods are legally banned bootleggers provide fresh butter and ggs In the introduction Wilson goes on about how the concept of a National Health Plan is fascist and would bankrupt the country Odd and a bit peculiar until I realized that Wilson is was a medical doctor with a private practice Yeah doctors know which side their bread is buttered on ha ha However the way I see it it s a nearly criminally selfish attitudeTo Fill the Sea and Air Set on a far planet the only habitat of a fish prized for its tasty filets throughout the galaxy One fisherman seems to always catch the most of the delicacy and a giant corporation wants to ferret out his secretsGreen Winter In the far future photosynthesizing humans believe themselves far superior to mere animals who lack the ability to take sustenance from the sun when tasty game meat isn t availableBe Fruitful and Multiply In the future the government has been taken over by fundies who believe that god will sweep them up into a higher plane of ЯED existence as soon as they have increased the population to the limit of what Earth can support wait this is supposed to be fiction tonguegif Clevernding I laughedSoft In the future a nasty plague that melts people s bones has nearly wiped out humanityThe Last One Mo Once Golden Oldies Revival A ruthless record producer gets what s coming to himThe Years the Music Died A conservative conspiracy was behind the downfall of some of rock n roll s first starsDat Tay Vao A junior mafioso drafted into Vietnam runs across one of those Mystical Ancient Secrets of healing that old Asian sages so often seem to know not bad actuallyDoc Johnson very Lovecraftian but not as good A new doctor in town learns that his new town of Greystone Bay has some weird secrets and that people here take care of things their own wayBuckets Had the potential to be an acceptable horror story but slipped into mere propaganda when the author started putting the cliched words of very typical right to lifer into the mouths of the ghosts of aborted babies Doesn t ngage a debate just sets up straw men. Presents a collection of horror short stories among them Soft Green Winter and The Cleaning MachineContentsThe Cleaning MachineRatmanL. ,
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"AND RESTORED MY HOPES FOR THE BALANCE OF THE "restored my hopes for the balance of the In this piece Wilson coddles his libertarian leanings to very pleasant ffect by depicting a future dystopia where all the scrumptious fatty foods that make life worth living have been made illegal by a government concerned with the rising health costs resulting from too much obesity Think it can t happen Don t be too sure Regardless this one got a solid 3 stars from me as I thought it was a great idea that was competently xecuted and displayed some warm humor as well To Fill the Sea and Air also garnered a 3 star rating An interesting SF fishing story with a main character that reminded me of Hemingway s Santiago the titular Old Man from The Old Man and the Sea The story had some flaws and the point of the story was a little murky but overall I thought it was a solid tale with an ngaging main character Up to this point I still hadn t come across anything to really geek out about or holler Wow Wow Wubbzy at the top of my lungs but that all changed with
Green Winter Which Was TerrificWinter which was terrific showed Wilson coming into his own Set in a post apocalyptic US and dealing with genetic ngineering biochemical manipulation and what it means to be human this story displayed Wilson s strongest writing so far and brought a real sense of Monsieur Pain emotion to the narrative for the first time I don t want to give away the unfolding of the plot device as it s part of the stories charm but this was anasy 4 star read for me Another above average story is Be Fruitful and Multiply which is a wonderful tale taking a darkly humorous look at a Malthusian catastrophe Both funny and chilling at the same time the plot deals with the intersection of state sponsored religious fervor advanced technology and mass media coming together to screw society into an unstoppable population A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author explosion pun very intended Next up is Soft which is probably my favorite piece in thentire collection Deftly written and skin crawlingly horrific the story centers around an unusual plague that strikes at random and causes all calcium within What If each victim s bones to turn to dust killing them slowly as they turn into human jellyfish Told from the perspective of an afflicted father and daughter this one packs anmotional wallop including a truly haunting memorable The Exhaustion Breakthrough ending 5 big stars for this great tale The next two stories The Last One Mo Once Golden Oldies Revival and The Years the Music Died are related stories injecting horror and vast global conspiracies into the world of music Good uality stories that I thought werenjoyable Both between 3 and 4 stars and both demonstrate Wilson s story telling range Dat Tay Vao is set during the Vietnam War and concerns local folklore of a vast healing power residing within certain special individuals Wilson presents a nice contrast between the power to heal and the brutal ability to destroy locked within the human animal 35 stars Doc Johnson is set within the fictional city of Greystone Bay created by Charles L Grant This was my first The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good experience with this setting and so some of the nuance may have been lost on me but I thought it was a good solid piece about a new doctor coming to the strange town and being taught the ropes as well as the rules by old Doc Johnson Buckets is another standout horror piece that is also the most controversial tale in the collection A creepy gorrific Halloween piece about a doctor visited by some very unusual trick or treaters all carrying unusual metal buckets full of no spoilers A definite shiver fest 45 to 50 stars Traps was craps and was probably my least favorite of the collection I ll toss it 20 stars because by this point Wilson hadntertained me Supplemental Book enough that I was feeling generous Muscles was awesome and another big standout for me Anditor for a national nuirer type magazine on the hunt for a story comes across Circus freaks ghost rapes and OMG offspring It doesn t get much better than that A classic horror story with a great nding 45 to 50 stars The collection Colloquial Polish: The Complete Course for Beginners ends strong with Cuts a wonderful writer revenge fantasy about an author getting over the top payback on the producer who turned his novel into a real dump of a movie In the intro to this tale Wilson mentions how furious he was about the movie version of his novel The Keep and that it was certainly the inspiration for this tale of move maker comeuppance Overall some good some bad and some trulyxcellent In my opinion the better stories make this collection worth checking out 35 stars Recommended. Ic DiedDat Tay VaoDoc JohnsonBucketsTrapsMusclesMenage a TroisCutsBonus storiesPerformanceNight DiveMemoirs of the EffsterRumorsHunter.