Bookgasm reviews Paper Cities

Bookgasm recently reviewed Paper Cities.  While the review was a mixed bag overall, they did have some nice things to say about a few stories.  Regarding Vylar Kaftan’s “Godivy,” they said:

“One of the better pieces — and completely demented subject matter — is Vylar Kaftan’s surreal “Godivy.” It’s about three stories, involving romantic overtures to a photocopier, a stripper, a mermaid and office-worker malaise so cleverly documented in The Office [TV series]. And it’s only three pages long! Brillant, and I could probably ramble about the meaning for several days, but it stands apart from the rest of the stories in its originality and ending. Kaftan’s a voice I want to hear more from.”

Of Greg van Eekhout’s “Ghost Market,” they said:

““Ghost Market” by Greg van Eekhout takes a nice parting shot at cheap celebrity. At least I think that’s what the meaning was. As with so many other stories in these anthology, the meaning seems deeper than the surface, functioning as metaphors for urban plight. Again, another short read, but compelling and to the point and fun to reread. “

And of Anna Tambour’s “The Age of Fish, Post-Flowers,” they said:

“Lastly, “The Age of Fish, Post-Flowers” by Anna Tambour is a wonderfully confusing look at a post-apocalyptic world, where the city has been invaded by giant worms. Yeah, pretty cool, right? The kinda monster story you’d stay up reading all night. Unfortunately — and this is by design — Tambour cleverly steers away from the usual horror to focus on the day-to-day boredom of leaving in the shadow of a nightmare. It’s interesting and witty, but stumbles. I’d buy Anna’s book if she would expand it 200 or 300 pages.”

Read the full review here.

Bibliophile Stalker Reviews Paper Cities

Bibliophile Stalker (Charles Tan) reviews Paper Cities.  He gives it a 4 out of 5 stars and says:

“The subtitle ‘an anthology of urban fantasy’ might lull readers into thinking this is a collection featuring supernatural horrors set in modern times (ala Buffy the Vampire Slayer) but it is precisely this book’s goal to wrestle back the meaning of the term into a wider, more general usage (and the title Paper Cities aptly fits the bill).”

Read the full review here.

Comic Con

Yesterday morning started as beautifully as it ended. Playing hooky from work. I took the ferry across the Hudson River to the Jacob Javits Center for Comic Con 2008. The sun was rising, low and warm behind the Manhattan skyline, and the air was fresh and salty. I met up with Mercurio Rivera and we spent the day browsing the immense dealer room filled with colorful comic eye-candy. Mercurio remarked, “Isn’t it great being around all this creativity?” And it was.

I tried to contain my wallet but ended up splurging on t-shirts. I’m also headed home for Passover this weekend, so I bought my cousins and nieces and nephews things I thought they would like. Mercurio says to me, again with his keen perspicacity, “Those are really for you, aren’t they?” All I know is that if I were a kid, I’d be totally psyched to get a pack of Batman and Joker playing cards.

After purchasing my last gift, he asked to see what I bought. I pulled out a cute, fluffy, pink doll. He holds it up to me and says, “Um, it has claws.” And gosh, darn it, it did. Big white, sharpsters. Not really appropriate for a two year old. That’s the trend these days: cute, fluffy, plush…and evil.

Thankfully, the seller let me exchange it for a giant blue thing with swirly eyes, this one without sharp ends of any kind.

We saw many friendlies there: Alaya Dawn Johnson, Paul Berger, Kris Dikeman, Liz Gorinsky, and Carol Pinchefsky. We also saw a Weird Tales panel celebrating their 85th year and their influence on (some might say genesis of) fantasy, horror, and science fiction hosted by Stephen Segal. Later, Stephen and his crew joined us for dinner.

We raced back to the Con to catch the Battlestar Galactica screening, abandoning Alaya (she had left her jacket at the restaurant) so we could get good seats. When she looked at us and said, “No you don’t need to come with me,” and really meant “Well, it would be nice if one of you came with me,” we looked at her like she was crazy. “But…Battlestar!” Mercurio was a real mensch and walked with her back to the restaurant.

And, man, what an episode. I won’t spoil it, but what a trip.  Seeing Battlestar at the con on a big screen with surround sound was, as the Doctor might say, Brilliant! This year’s episode, like last year’s, kicked some fraking ass.

The night was capped (or, uncapped, I should say) with several bottles of soju in Korea Town. I took several Blade Runner-esque photos out the window. If I ever do film the sequel, Korea Town will be the place to do it. I’ll be posting these and other pictures I took soon, but for now, I hope you enjoy this photo Rajan Khanna snapped in Portland, OR of Paper Cities on the rack at Powell’s. It really made my morning.

Paper Cities on the rack at Powells in Portland, OR

KGB Wrap Up

“Officially” co-hosted KGB last night to a good turnout.  I was especially happy to begin on a night with two fantastic readers.  P.D. Cacek and Jack Ketchum were just fab.  Always great seeing the usual suspects there, and it was also fun seeing some new faces in the crowd.  I even kissed someone hello whom I thought I knew.  When it turned out we had never met, I said, “Well, as the new co-host we’re making some changes around here.”  😉

Ellen took some photos and as usual I look like a deer stuck in headlights.   Next month (May 21) will be Jack O’Connell, author of The Resurrectionist, and Ekaterina Sedia, author of The Secret History of Moscow and editor of Paper Cities, An Anthology of Urban Fantasy.