What I know about Blues wouldn't fit a thimble. That said, I've seldom seen such love for music in a written piece. While I might have preferred less confusion about the nature of the main character --I though for a while that I was missing something--, his education, while predictable, was filling. It might have used some more development in the later stages, but, all in all, a great work for the length.
Nice story. I'd love to see it published wider. It has a certain Leibowitz feeling to it, and the explanations are tied in pretty well. I'd have personally preferred one of two other options at the very end, but that's a personal choice.
Well worth in entertainment value and some classic SF.
One of the marks of a true writer, at least when you like short stories, is the ability to write something as powerful as possible in as few words as possible, keeping a good structure. Mrs. Rusch manages that... and more.
Some magic, some noir... and a lot on being human, written in a way that surfaces while you're looking someplace else.
If Smashword allowed for it, this would be a 4- star rating.
The setting shines on its own, it hangs nicely on every cop and CSI show we've seen to date... and runs to the day to day.
It feels rushed, however, and could have use half a paragraph of flesh here and there. It adds on.
YES! Cue me on Chicago's "He had it coming (Cell block tango)". Oh, Gods, yes!
Rusch manages to capture the not-so-secret fantasy of more than a couple of viewers, and she expresses it superbly. The odds'n'ends about writing are worth a seminar on their own, too.
In some ways, an odd combination that works admirably. Part fulfilling fantasy, part instruction, part a reverse Columbo.
Now, I do have my share of anthologies. Single author, nebula prize winners, urban paranormal, you name it. I don't collect them, but I do have a few. They usually have one or two stories, three if I'm lucky, that I really enjoy, some that are readable and one or two I can't get myself to finish.
The lowest level in this anthology is two or three that are somewhere between "readable" and "enjoyable". I enjoyed the rest. My one disclaimer is that some of them seem pruned, cut down to size, and would have been better with three or four extra paragraphs.
That said, best anthology so far.