Trailer ✓ Stories Of An Awkward Size PDF by Ý Jonathan Swords-Holdsworth I was Privileged enough to get my hands on this in the final stages of editing and was simply amazed at the variety of content yet all fitting under the Slipstream genre The Black Prince was definitely my fave, but I enjoyed the author s style across all stories Very Australian, very readable, and very well written Can t wait to see what JSH does next Swords Holdsworth Has A Lot Of Talent The Stories Were Well Written, And I Couldn T Put Them Down San Francisco Book Review The Stories Were Varied, Captivating, Enthralling And Quiteimmersivein One Notable Case And It Was Not Uncommon For My Legs Tofallasleep Because I Sat Reading Too Long And Lost Circulation KIWIreviewsVolume One Of The Awkward Stories CollectionYou Can read Most Of The Story Black Prince For FREE Just Click Look Inside On The Kindle Edition Book Cover An Excerpt He Noticed A Movement Out Of The Corner Of His Eye He Looked Down And Beheld The Shadow Of A Cat, Moving On The White Of The Wall Heh, Kitty, He Said Aloud, Turning And Searching For The original He Scanned Along The Top Of His FenceThere Was No CatDamn Things Move Too Fast, He Thought, And Looked Back At The WallThe Shadow Was Still ThereHe Looked Back At The Fence, Then Again At The Wall In A DoubletakeStill There Was No Cat, Anywhere And Now He Realised There Was No Angle That Could Have Put A Cat S Shadow On The Wall Not In That WayFear A Pulse Of It Hit Him, Surprising Him And Leaving Him Breathless An Icy Chill Had Crept Down His Back And He Felt His Hair Standing Up, His Heart Pounding In The Back Room Of His Mind A Voice Had Whispered Black PrinceA Disillusioned Man S Life Is Turned Upside Down When He Walks Out His Back Gate One Night What He Finds Cannot Be There, Cannot Have Stayed Hidden For So Long, And Cannot Be So Smart The Ghost Of Ren MagritteA Team Has Nearly Achieved Full Realism Virtual Reality, Directly Interfaced To The Nervous System But One Of The Team Discovers That, When Push Comes To Shove, Reality Isn T What We Expect Come Silent Winged SleepTwo Homicide Detectives Are Drawn Into An Investigation, Following A Shocking Incident They Soon Find What Lies Behind It Is Far Frightening Than Random Violence, Or Terrorism And To Make Matters Worse, Now Their Supposed Allies Seem To Be Keeping SecretsHere Are Five Long Stories, By Australian Author Jonathan Swords HoldsworthThese Tales Embrace Both The New Genre Of Slipstream And Of Hard, Near Future Science Fiction They Speculate On Subjects From Electronics And Bio Tech To Deep Metaphysics, And Cover Locations From Australia, Europe And Asia To Beyond Our World As They Pull You Into The Unexpected This is a great read Quite surprising that this is the authors first that I know of full release, the concepts and narrative in this book are excellent, Swords Holdsworth is definitely onto something here with his gritty futuristic sci fi set in the backstreets of Melbourne Australia, Swords Holdsworth paints a wonderful just exactly over the horizon future with a healthy small dose of Aussie cynicism and takes you along for a great ride Highly recommended Come Silent Winged Sleep and The Ghost of Rene Magritte were definitely a hit for me Good science fiction is thought provoking It makes us reconsider our place in the world in ways that is often dramatic and unsettling Unlike mysteries or romances, genres built around the suspense and seduction of readers, good science fiction also provides its audience fresh insights about life, technology and society that no other forms of narration are tasked to accomplish.
Australian writer Jonathan Swords Holdsworth lends a talented hand to the genre he grew up loving and clearly illustrates through his first collection, Stories Of An Awkward Size The former software engineer, who now dedicates himself to writing full time, shares five tantalizing tales that take place in the near future and offer the kinds of subtle plot Excellent hard sf Well written and with well conceived science and technology and topics runming everywhere from virtual reality to the surveillance state Dark but optimistic.
A great set of lean, taut and compact near future SF stories with a cynical Australian worldview Including Some hard boiled cops in a Noir SF crime story with drones no, UAVs as the delivery method A story of unintended side affects of a new VR technology being developed by a scrappy new start up, that delves into the nature of perception Meditations of the effects of anti aging technologies on society wrapped in a corporate intrigue story A mysterious active graffiti concealed in an alley turns out to have even hidden depths A dreamy post death experience that looks at the nature of consciousness.
I m a great fan of Permutation City by Greg Egan, and other similar books of that ilk, and quite enjoyed this volume Let s hope the autho Five Stars for Stories Of An Awkward Size, by Jonathon Swords HoldsworthSo, how does one approach reviewing a book of five imaginative, unique, intrinsically different and exceptionally well written short stories This question germinated when I finished the second story and was in full bloom midway through the fourth.
Chucking my typical format, I believe I will, relying on my own instincts and imagination, just have to Wing it Stories Of An Awkward Size, by Mr Swords Holdsworth may not only be the best book I ve read by a contemporary fiction writer, it may also be the best compilation of shorts I ve read to date.
The author blends a superb writing style with his vivid imagination and tosses in the perfect serving of credible science and technology The writer obviously has a background in a tech field that makes each s