From the Hugo-winning, bestselling author of The Guns of thye South, a tale of love, parasitism, and loss....
|Title||:||Something Going Around|
|Number of Pages||:||32 Pages|
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Something Going Around Reviews
Turns out that a mosquito with baby malaria parasites (Indira told me the name for them, but I’ve forgotten it) in its gut bites less than one that’s clean. When they’re in its gut, they can’t spread, so the mosquito doesn’t risk getting squashed. When they’ve moved up to its salivary gland, though, they make it produce less anticoagulant. That means it gets less blood every time it bites, so it bites more—and spreads the parasites far and wide. And mosquitoes suck up more blood from people with malaria because, in people, the parasite interferes with clotting and the insects get more blood—and pick up more malaria organisms—with every bite.this is a three-and-a -half, but turtledove has done me wrong (as a reader) enough that i'm disinclined to round up to four, because much of what i did not like about the writing in his supervolcano books is also present in this short story. this paragraph is as riddled with examples of 'em as a mosquito's gut is with malaria babies:Later on, after I’d drunk a couple, I got to talking with an Indian woman—East Indian, I mean, not American Indian. Her name was Indira Patel. She wasn’t drop-dead gorgeous or anything, but she wasn’t bad. Hey, I’m not exactly drop-dead gorgeous myself. But I was unattached just then, so I entertained certain hopes, or at least a certain optimism. Mandelbaum’s isn’t a meat market, no, but you can make connections there. They may not be as young or as bouncy as they would be at the places a few blocks away. Chances are they’ll last better, though.the asides and distinctions and the overall rhythm of the prose that i think is trying to achieve some jokey-folksy tone really grates on me for some reason, and it grated on me throughout both of the supervolcano books. plus, "young and bouncy" is so very icky.Do those flatworms need the wading birds for the next phase of their life cycle? Does Sam Adams make pretty decent beer? Kind of tough on the sticklebacks, but no flatworms show up on Dr. Phil’s show to talk about how guilty they feel.is it just me, or does that make you want to grab a red pen and trim some fat? i mean, i'm no poster child for brevity myself, but i'm also not a professional writer with more than thirty years of book-writing under my beard. other than the voice, i liked the story a lot. not as much as The Eighth-Grade History Class Visits the Hebrew Home for the Aging, but much more than supervolcanoes. i love parasites and other invasive creepy crawlies, and even though the ending was unsurprising, it was an entertaining story overall. and that is all i am going to say because i have vowed to keep my free tor short reviews short.read it for yourself here:https://www.tor.com/2014/04/09/someth...
There’s an “epidemic” going around. People are throwing themselves in front of cars. Stan witnessed it, so did Victor, and that guy on the stool next to Stan at the bar. People have noticed it happening, but the "victims" are just poor unhappy fools trying to end it all, right?I’ve never read anything by Harry Turtledove before, but a friend of mine is a huge fan, and now I’m wondering what took me so long!There is just so much I liked about this story. The main character was telling the story to us, sometimes interrupting the flow of the story to correct himself on his descriptors. But it was done in such an easy, colloquial, engaging way, that you almost feel you are in fact having a conversation with Stan. This story came complete with a lesson in Toxoplasmosis. Namely how Toxoplasmosis in these guys: Increases their chances of being eaten by and passing on the parasites to these guys: Which can then be passed on to humans. (Don’t worry, it’s all very interesting and important to the story.)What I loved about this story was that it showed the character speculating on something without ever voicing it(to others or in his head), and the climactic scene came very subtly, with allusions to things earlier in the story letting us know what was going on, without having to spell it out for us. Yes, I knew what was going on before I reached the halfway point in the story, and I suspect Stan did, too, but it was written in such a way that I was happy to stay for the duration of the ride, and will definitely keep an eye out for other works by this author. You can read this story for free, here: http://www.tor.com/stories/2014/04/so...
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Well-written short story. Well told.
An interesting read. Basically the main character witnesses a pedestrian get killed by a car and in the course of trying to find a way to blot it out of his memory, discovers that quite a few other people have witnessed similar accidents. In all of the cases, the pedestrians don't seem to be aware that there was a vehicle coming.While trying to pick up a girl to help him forget, they find chemistry & I quite enjoyed their conversation/interaction.The ending has a foreseeable "twist" and there is a dire implication if you want to see it.
The climax of this story is less of a twist and more of an unavoidable horrific car crash. From at least halfway through the story, you know what's coming, which cloaks everything in an ever-building aura of dread. The characters are well-crafted for such a short story and the premise is simple, but frightening. Well worth a read.
Turtledove offers readers a delicate, well-crafted sf short about parasites and love. (Mira Grant fans will enjoy!) It builds to an expected, but still devastating climax. Would make for a fascinating book premise.
3.5 stars. Reminded me of Parasite but only better.
Quick short story.