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KJ Kabza has written and sold over 70 short stories to anthologies and award-winning fantasy and science fiction magazines, such as F&SF, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, THE YEAR'S BEST DARK FANTASY AND HORROR 2014, THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR, VOLUME SIX, and more. His work has been called, "Intelligent and sublime—a powerful combination" (Tangent), "Fascinating, unique, imaginative" (SFRevu), and "Worthy of Edgar Allan Poe" (SFcrowsnest). His first print fiction collection, THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM AND OTHER STORIES, is now out from Pink Narcissus Press.
on Sep. 14, 2011 :
I bought this anthology after reading one of his newest short stories in the July/August 2011 issue of "Fantasy & Science Fiction" magazine (for Kindle). I've never read a short story that engaged me so completely, and it left me desperate for more Kabza. So I bought this, and I was absolutely not disappointed (I won't say "satisfied"; I'm nearly finished with the book, but it has _not_ quenched my need to find more Kabza to read!).
The book is organized into three sections. The first (by far the largest) is headed "For Everyone", which apparently was intended to mean "suitable for all ages" - though curse-words are present, so "for everyone" probably depends on your definition. The second is "For Adults", and consists of two stories for a mature audience. The final section is "For Kids", but I found them enjoyable anyway. :)
All of the stories range from very short (a few less than one page!), to just short (reasonable short story length). My enjoyment of them ranged from "That was a neat/interesting thought experiment" (how much could one really expect from the one-pagers?) to "OMFG - I can't BELIEVE how awesome that was" (there are several of these).
Some of my favorites include the first one, featuring an engineer who creates very life-like automata through a combination of nanoscopic clockwork mechanisms and alchemy; a first-person perspective piece about a boy who presumably has Asperger's Syndrome (or something like it), whose obsession with archery turns out to be useful after all; and a more-realistic-than-usual look at the daily life of your average superhero. (Just to name a few that popped into my head.)
The consistent creativity and unique perspectives make this collection a breath of fresh air, and I can only say that I hope he keeps pumping more out, and that I hope that he ventures to write something a little longer/more filling than short stories, sometime soon.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on July 18, 2011 :
Well, I loved this book. [Disclaimer: I am the Monica to whom the book is dedicated, but that doesn't mean my review is biased or anything.] KJ Kabza is a talented young writer, as this collection of reprints demonstrates to anyone who wants to read work that has been categorized as Whimsy Punk. Speculative, sexy, and surprising, Kabza's ability to reframe classic themes or to create entire new worlds from scratch will delight readers in search of the next big thing.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)