As usual, there are no set discussion questions. I’ll talk a bit about each of this week’s four short stories. The cover art at left is from a Russian copy of “Fragile Things.” I think it’s cool to see all of the foreign covers.
From this point forward, there may be spoilers. Onward!
In the End
This story draws on the book of Genesis to create a different sort of parable in which everything is pretty much okay. Mankind is outside the garden, and Earth and Breath are the ones corrupted. I like it.
This story reminded me a bit of Billy Pilgrim’s experiences with the Tralfamadorians in Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five.” You’ve got this dude that encounters aliens, and throughout the story we can see both his own perspective and the perspective of people in the average world who think that he’s crazy when he mentions them. In the end, there’s no way of knowing whether the main character is crazy or not.
Pages From a Journal Found in a Shoebox Left in a Greyhound Bus Somewhere Between Tulsa, Oklahoma and Louisville, Kentucky
Hmm… this is the second short story based on a Tori Amos album. I still haven’t listened to Tori Amos, which might be why this story didn’t do much for me. It was alright, but not one of my favorites. Conceptually it’s interesting, but it felt unfinished, which is pretty much what I thought about “Strange Little Girls.”
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
I’m a fan of this one. It made me laugh. You’ve got these two teenage boys who go to a party to meet girls. Vic is very suave and always manages to pick some up, whereas Enn is socially awkward when he’s around actual females. They start hitting on some chicks at the party, only to realize that the girls were aliens and that going any further with them would be waaaaaaay to traumatizing. I love the part where Vic runs from the bedroom in a panic when he realizes that the girl he was with wasn’t entirely human.
I liked this week’s selections. They were both lighthearted and fun. Be sure to join in next week for the final installment!