Interfictions 2: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing (2009)
Edited by: Delia Sherman & Christopher Barzak
Genre: Short Stories
Pages: 302 (Trade Paperback)
Disclaimer: free from publisher
The premise: ganked from BN.com (and the shortest premise EVER): Twenty-one gems showing that the freshest, most startling stories come from the spaces between conventional genres.
Worth the Cash: but kind of close to "Glad It Was Free." Why? Because if I were to compare my overall experience between reading volume 1 with volume 2, I would have to say that volume 1 won me over more, as I found myself really engaged by more of the stories. Heck, that's evidenced by the fact that for volume one, I reviewed each story individually, whereas with this volume, I just mentioned with ones stood out. All in all, it probably all balances out, but this time around, I'd forget most stories as soon as I moved on to the next. Now, this is a ME-THING, and this will be true for every reader. That's because with every reading experience, the reader is bringing their own experiences, their own expectations, their baggage, etc. But this becomes an even bigger issue with interstitial fiction, because the one defining expectation is that you should have NO expectations whatsoever. That you should let the story take you where it may without labels defining where you THINK it should go. So while on the whole I preferred the first volume of Interfictions to this second one, this second one is still enjoyable with a variety of stories from a variety of authors (diversity of race, sex, nationality, and ethnicity!) and if you're looking for something that doesn't try to fit any standard mold, or if you're a literary reader looking for something that pushes the boundaries, this is a good place to start.
Review style: What I really want to do here is talk about interstitial fiction as a whole and what it means to storytelling (and not just in books either), and I want to talk about how this anthology on the whole compares to the first anthology and why that doesn't mean a gosh-darn thing in terms of reviews, and then I guess I'll highlight which stories really caught my eye. No story-by-story review here. This anthology just didn't speak to me that way, and I'll explain why (and why that's not a bad thing). No spoilers at all, so rest easy. What's in my LJ is half-review, half-discussion. Comments and discussion are most welcome. :)
REVIEW: Interfictions 2: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing
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