January 27th, 2008

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The Fix reviews Sporty Spec: Games of the Fantastic

The Fix has just posted a positive review of Sporty Spec: Games of the Fantastic:

"As its title suggests, Sporty Spec: Games of the Fantastic, edited by Karen A. Romanko, endeavors to bring something of the fantastic to stories centered on sports and games. It largely succeeds in this, with 26 very short stories--none over five pages long--and several similarly themed poems."

Reviewer Kimberly Lundstrom comments on each of the 26 stories, but, alas, on none of the 16 poems.

A couple of my favorite story comments:

On "Perpetual Check" by E. C. Myers:

"Myers has made every word count in this piece, saying as much through words omitted as through those committed to paper, and producing a piece that is worth reading more than once."

On "Night Vaulting" by Camille Alexa:

"Through beautiful turns of phrase and well-placed metaphors, Alexa relates this introspective and meaningful tale."

On "Organic Geometry" by Andrew C. Ferguson:

"Ferguson adroitly brings together sports, geopolitics, and an intriguing character in this fascinating story."

Okay, I've already quoted too much, so get thee to read the entire review.