Bookgasm recently reviewed Paper Cities.Â While the review was a mixed bag overall, they did have some nice things to say about a few stories.Â Regarding Vylar Kaftan’s “Godivy,” they said:
“One of the better pieces â€” and completely demented subject matter â€” is Vylar Kaftanâ€™s surreal â€œGodivy.â€ Itâ€™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 itâ€™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.Â Kaftanâ€™s a voice I want to hear more from.”
Of Greg van Eekhout’s “Ghost Market,” they said:
“â€œGhost Marketâ€ by Greg van Eekhout takes a nice parting shot at cheap celebrity.Â At least I think thatâ€™s what the meaning was.Â As with so many other stories in these anthology, the meaning seems deeper than the surface, functioning as metaphors for urban plight.Â 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, â€œThe Age of Fish, Post-Flowersâ€ by Anna Tambour is a wonderfully confusing look at a post-apocalyptic world, where the city has been invaded by giant worms.Â Yeah, pretty cool, right?Â The kinda monster story youâ€™d stay up reading all night.Â Unfortunately â€” and this is by design â€” Tambour cleverly steers away from the usual horror to focus on the day-to-day boredom of leaving in the shadow of a nightmare. Itâ€™s interesting and witty, but stumbles.Â Iâ€™d buy Annaâ€™s book if she would expand it 200 or 300 pages.”
Read the full review here.