Thursday, July 06, 2006

JP's Genre Drabbles

Link to Original Story: Genre Drabbles - JP

I have to admit, I’m pretty proud of these. Some more so than others, though. The horror one is pretty overtly ripped from Lovecraft (and even more so from the Call of Cthulhu video game), and it’s not all that swell. Likewise, the fantasy one may no so much as qualify as fantasy, and is really more SpecFic, or, possibly, Random Junk.

I’m much happier with the other two, however. The SF one has gotten a really great response from those who have read it (okay, JED and C), which is funny, as I dashed it down desperately in the last minute; sometimes things just come together. My favorite, though, is the SpecFic drabble. It may not be the best on its own merit, but it doesn’t have a single word repeated; not an “a,” not a “the,” not an “as.” That was actually a little difficult to do. Is the effect worthwhile? Probably not, but what the hell. I did it, which is cool.

Let me just say that I hate JP. I absolutely loathe him. I detest him. His talent makes me sick to my stomach. I have dry heaves of jealousy. There is no doubt to me that he absolutely hit a home run with these stories. Apparently, drabbles are his natural element. I struggle to find anything more substantive to say, I am so perfectly awe-struck. His fantasy, though not exactly fantasy so much as parable is eleganty worded, clever and moral. His SF is elegant and brilliant in it's voice and it's ability to convey both comedy and drama - perfectly captures the efferevescent weirdness that is SF. His horror, Lovecraftian by default, is such an encapsulation of that master that the Great Old Ones could be channeling through JP's puny form. It grabs you with it's inescapable creepiness, the pervasive fear that is transformation and corruption. And finally, his spec fic bonus feature. So freakin' great that I don't even know what to say. He had to point out to me how it never repeated a word. It IS the 100 words. So damn good I'm not even worthy to understand it. I will say that it's spec fic in the general realm of Phantom Tollbooth and The Little Prince, but being compared to Antoine St. Exupery is no diss in my book. He is, without a doubt, one of my favorite authors of all time.


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