I received this book for a fair and honest review.
Overview: Well, two anthologies since Christmas. Let’s see how Mr. Clausen’s stories measure up to my tastes.
Imitation For Beginners
Overview: We get to meet a special type of android. He is an android dedicated to imitating humans. He has been invited to join a group of humans and androids that meet for coffee every Sunday.
Likes: I appreciate how the protagonist wanted to learn how the other side lives. Learning is always good.
Dislikes: The relationships that the protagonist had with Susan and the other android were pretty sad. I don’t care much for fetishes. And everyone from Nietzsche to God has warned us against looking too closely to the other side.
Conclusion: I don’t like this story, but I don’t dislike it either. It was quite different. It gives me something to think on, which is also good.
Lexical Funk: How the White Boy Learned to Settle Down and Love the Afro
Overview: Um…I don’t know what to make of this one. A white kid seems to want to be a jazz singer.
Likes: The teen did strive for his dreams.
Dislikes: I didn’t like how our protagonist seemed to want to be black. What’s wrong with being who you are?
Conclusion: I didn’t like this one.
Rich Jacobs Searches For the Meaning of Life
Overview: Who doesn’t wonder about the meaning of life after a loved one has gone on to the next stage of existence? Well, Rich Jacobs has a very interesting conversation at work concerning it.
Likes: My favorite part of this story was the old lady buying the cantaloupes.
Dislikes: Both the cashier and the supervisor had attitude problems.
Conclusion: If you get philosophical advise from produce, you’re doing it wrong. I didn’t get the humor.
Starlight Terror and the Cappuccino Machine & Angela Killed Herself
Overview: I’m just going to sum up the last two stories together. “Starlight Terror” was where a college student whose dream girl is a B-movie alien from the fifties.
“Angela Killed Herself” is about a guy’s reaction to a girl friend’s suicide.
Dislikes: The problem with the first story, is that I don’t like it when anyone is told to give up on their dreams. It’s his dream. Did it necessarily have to end in world destruction?
Concerning the second story, I don’t know anyone who likes to listen to self-pity.
Overall Conclusion: This collection was not a very good one. There is a lot of vulgarity throughout it. Plus the stories didn’t seem to make much sense to me. Mr. Clausen did live up to his reputation.