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Book Title: First Person Peculiar|
Edition: WordFire Press
Date of issue: March 17th 2014
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The author of the book: Mike Resnick
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 497 KB
Read full description of the books First Person Peculiar:No one of these stories on its own would be particularly remarkable. They're not good, but no single one them is bad enough to stand out. Taken all together though, they're incredibly obnoxious. And so is their author.
It's the author's notes before each one that really grate. Mike never lets a single one go by without mentioning how easy it was to write or how many awards he's won. The stories then carry on in a similar tone; every one of his protagonists is that guy who's convinced that everyone he works with is an idiot and the company would fall apart if he ever took a day off.
And they all have the same voice. Every one of his characters does, regardless of who they are our what the context is. And they all think they're the smartest guy in the room no matter what room they're in.
The stories themselves follow two basic patterns; either there's meant to be a twist, but it's incredibly trite and obvious, or it's meant to be funny, but isn't. I think he's trying to write like Terry Pratchett, but lacks Pratchett's wit, not to mention his ability to write more than one character or believable dialogue.
And on top of all that, it's painfully obvious that he does no research. Whether it's science, history, or anything else, he's more than happy to start with half-remembered misconceptions and just make the rest up.
I got more and more irritated as I read the book, till by the last couple of stories I was muttering "get fucked" every few minutes as I read. If I could give less than one star, I would. Most bad books just aren't good. Some advocate distasteful views. But this one manages to give the exact experience of being trapped in a conversation with someone you can't stand
Read information about the authorMichael "Mike" Diamond Resnick, better known by his published name Mike Resnick, is a popular and prolific American science fiction author. He is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He is the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Poland. and has been short-listed for major awards in England, Italy and Australia. He is the author of 68 novels, over 250 stories, and 2 screenplays, and is the editor of 41 anthologies. His work has been translated into 25 languages. He is the Guest of Honor at the 2012 Worldcon and can be found online as @ResnickMike on Twitter or at www.mikeresnick.com.
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