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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Last Plane To Heaven by Jay Lake

A Wonderful Voice For the Genre,
You will be missed!

Sadly this is purported to be Jay Lake's last book due to his demise.  I only use the purported since I still see books by V.C. Andrews and she has been deceased for years.   This is a collection of Jay Lake short stories.   I have made it known in the past, I am not a fan of short stories.   This book was not an exception.   I liked several of the stories very much and then they were over.   There were others I didn't like at all.   I would prefer to remember Jay Lake for his outstanding trilogy on Copper Downs.

I would suggest reading Green  and  Endurance  and Kalimpura.  All three books deal with empowering women and defying the status quo.  There is a body of literature that suggests that if women were in charge there would be fewer wars.   I don’t think this is just due to the heighten sensibilities of women, nor do their lack of interest in macho posturing.  I do think there would be less conflict because when they do throw down the gauntlet, they follow it with massive overkill.  Green exemplifies that role with her temper and actions.

This book is worth reading as it shows another side of Jay Lake.   It shows some whimsy and in some cases a depth of creativity that might be beyond bizarre.  

Jay Lake's untimely demise is a blow to literature.   His mind drifted to realms that are daunting in their characterizations and scenes.

RIP Jay Lake.

Web Site: http://www.jlake.com/2010/08/14/writing-endurance-is-a-wrap/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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