Another Triangulation review…

November 20, 2007 at 2:40 pm (Published, Reviews, Writing)

Found a new review of Triangulation: End of Time at Sci-Fi Online. Charles Packer gives the overall anthology a 6 overall:

At best some of the stories will stay with you. Though there is a number of old concepts rehashed and some stories are at best competent, overall it’s a nicely satisfying read.

“That Ain’t a Mosey” wasn’t one of his favorites. He echoed Jeremiah Sturgill’s thought that the zombie aspect pretty much stuck with the usual aspects of the genre. But at least he likes the way I write 🙂

That Ain’t a Mosey by Jeff Parish imagines a world reduced to zombies from a single Indian’s arrow. I’m sure that fans of Zombie stories will enjoy this, but personally it felt like a by the numbers affair, which neither added anything to the genre nor granted enough surprises not to finish it with an uninterested shrug. That’s not to say that the story is not well constructed, Parish writes well, but the story could have done with a punchier ending.

Not exactly glowing, but not really bad, either. So far, I haven’t had anyone absolutely pan the story, which is good.



  1. camille said,

    The review makes the antho sound interesting, I think.

    Reviews are so intensely subjective, I’m not sure how useful it is to try to parse out exactly what a reviewer means with each point (reviomancy?). The most important thing is to get the name, ideas, and concepts of a work out there in the world so people who might be interested can hear about it and pick it up.

    You got some excellent authorial company in there. Very cool.

  2. hamstersbane said,


  3. Ian said,

    I think this is actually a pretty good review. The one thing I learned from the personal rejection letters I’ve received is that the majority of editors enjoy my writing, but their opinions vary on the actual story itself. But that’s what it really comes down to.

    As long as you can write effectively — and I know for a fact that you can — then it doesn’t really matter what editors or reviewers think, because the opinion of one will almost certainly vary from the next. As Camille said, it’s all subjective. That’s what makes writing great; it’s also what makes it a pain in the ass sometimes.

  4. hamstersbane said,

    True enough, and at least I can say I’ve not had anyone tell me I can’t write — not even Nick Mamatas’ rather acerbic rejections.

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