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I m pretty bummed I didn t like this There are some great ideas and zinger sentences From Teacher the troubled educator in the Vice Principal s office musesSometimes when I speak I can t hear the words All I hear is the sound of worms pushing up through wet earthBut I found the longer pieces to be uite a drag Sorry Alien Virus Love Disaster is a debut short story collection by Abbey Mei Otis which thrilled and confused me In the first couple stories I was reminded of a couple of my favorite short story collections of the year Friday Black and SABRINA CORINA I RELISHED OTIS CREATIVITY Corina I relished Otis creativity crafting otherworldly stories and was reminded of Adjei Brenyah in that satirical brilliance that makes you laugh so hard until you re on the verge of collapsing in anguish I was reminded of Fajardo Anstine in the searing humanness of the characters and their resilient depth I was riding high on this collection but it began to fray around the edges and I found myself unable to keep up as the narratives again and again dissolved into fragmented dream seuences both literally dream seuences and inexplicable descents into absurdity My favorite stories were the titular Alien Virus Love Disaster which explores the effects of government experiments with alien technology on the surrounding community after exposure begins to cause their bodies to swell with red lumps Moonkids about a group of young adults living on Earth after being separated from their Lunarian parents after failing to pass the exams reuired to continue living on the Moon and Blood Blood about a pair of friends who earn money fighting for the entertainment of aliens while struggling to adjust to the alien impact on their worldEven the stories I liked less had such intriguing imaginative premises that I m still contemplating I ust wish they were less baffling If you re intrigued by any of this I definitely would still recommend you check out this collection and then come unpack it with me This is different still recommend you check out this collection and then come unpack it with me This is different but different in a good way Not desperately trying to be original by being unintelligible Looking at you Mrs Kelly Link I ve got a friend a hydrologist for the US Geological Survey s West Virginia office whose slow thick Appalachian accent might ust lull you into thinking he is slow and thick too Unless you listen to what he s sayingThese are like that You don t realize unless s sayingThese are like that You don t realize unless re really paying attention UntilLet me tell you mouth lizard to sound cave Alien Virus Love Disaster by Abbey Mei Otis is uniue truly amazing work Every story in this short collection is a goddamn gut punch and yet these are all sf of one sort or another as well bursting over the levees and overflowing the boundaries of dry mimetic literature The climate change refugees living in Saint MART s Home for Flooded Children p125 are ust one example among manyYou ll Abbey Mei Otis’s short stories are contemporary fiction at its strongest taking apart the supposed euality that is clearly ust not there putting humans under an alien microscope putting humans under government control. Igure out other terms she uses like bamf view spoilerbad ass motherfucker natch hide spoiler This was hands down the most depressing book I ve ever readThe author masterfully creates an atmosphere of oppression desolation "Help And Hopelessness In Each Story That "and hopelessness in each story that literally stumbled from one gut punch to the next Read individually there are some excellent takes on the ineuality of societies POVs of people who have no real chance in life and are at the mercy of those with power As a collection the stories are downright devastating After Not an Alien Story I had to put the book down cause I cried so hardAnd that s what fascinated me most here Usually I can distance myself uite easily from the protagonists especially if the narration voices are on the vernacular side as was the case here Therefore I thought I can read a range of disturbing stories without getting affected Yet Abbey Mei Otis commands such a poetic yet honest style that she managed to get beyond my shields and attacked from the wrong side of themI would not recommend this collection to anybody unless your shields are fully charged but I m damn glad that I read it and I will definitely return to these stories As repulsive as they are they are even addictive cause in all their weirdness they ring true Another of the PKD nominees this one is a collection of short stories set in the nearish future Not really any sort of future I want to see though It s a grungy bleak tainted place filled

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beaten down people discarded societyWell written yes some of it is uite good A few of those images will stick with me for a while I do like to think that humans will always love always fight to survive I d ust rather not see them doing it with their heads down hunched over getting kicked Oh thank goodness a collection of actual short stories with plots and characters and all that good stuff I remember from way way back Not only that stories with plots and characters and all that good stuff I remember from way way back Not only that Otis does it with pizzazz wrenching the good old humanist SF short story out of the familiar nineteen sixties tropes settings and style straight into the new millennium the feeling is still there but it all feels fresh it feels today it feels relevant This is a hard book to read and even harder to rate I had to tally my individual rating for each and came up with 25 stars Gosh darn it if it s 24 or 26 it would be easier I give three for now ust because it is still better than most two star books I read Why the extra 05 star It brought no kicked me out of my comfort zone It has some powerful scenes intriguing conversations This is my first encounter with the author s work and she sure is memorable She knows how to knit all the traditional SF story elements from aliens genetic modification dystopia rising sea water and ground them to the level of individual families and communities Most stories also have st. Putting kids from the moon into a small beach town and then the putting the rest of the town under the microscope as they react in ways we hope they would and then of course in ways we’d hope they don’tOtis has long.
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Alien Virus Love Disaster