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Book Title: A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers|
The author of the book: Alyssa Wong
Date of issue: March 2nd 2016
ISBN 13: 9780765386588
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 6.4
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The day my sister ended the world, the sky opened up in rain for the first time in years, flooding the desert wash behind our house. The snakes drowned in their holes and the javelinas stampeded downstream, but the water overtook them, and the air filled with their screaming as they were swept away.
this is good spiky stuff for your feeling-parts.
it's a family story, and there's magical stuff and a kind of time travel or time manipulation, but despite the bravado of a child: It was simple, Melanie had once told me. “Here, Hannah. Pay attention, and I’ll teach you how the future works,” it's a little more involved and problematic than that initial confidence would suggest: Her eyes slid away from me. “It’s not that easy to get it right,” she said.
i really appreciated the fact that wong didn't telegraph the specifics at the heart of this story, but that it wasn't so subtle that you'd miss it. that's a really tricky balance to pull off, and while a similarly-structured tor short - The Insects of Love - didn't work for me, this one really did because she was able to control the ambiguity and the multiple timelines and repetitions without sliding too far into either explanation or obscurity.
this is the second tor short i have read by her, and i've liked them both. this one is a more sophisticated and complex story, but they are both floating on a mix of pain and love and helplessness and lonely alienation that is perfectly done. this one goes a little deeper - Scarecrow may have been intended for a YA audience, but in both she's got a really strong voice, and i enjoyed the fresh spin she brought to a concept that's been done bunches of times in bunches of different ways.
but jesus, that title… thumbs down.
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Read information about the authorAlyssa Wong studies fiction in Raleigh, NC, and really, really likes crows. She was a finalist for the 2016 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her story, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” won the 2015 Nebula Award for Best Short Story and the 2016 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the Locus Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Tor.com, among others.
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