I've finished reading the Literary Lab's Notes from Underground Anthology! Have you read it yet?
The text is a little gritty throughout, as can be expected from a book that was entirely unedited. There are typos, goofs, and happily flagrant abuses of good taste. (I won't promise I was above it...) But that was the point. It was a very fun experiment in complete author freedom, and there are some gems rattling around in this delightful junk drawer of talent.
Some of the highlights of the book, in my humble opinion:
1. Of course, I think MY story is worth reading. "Notes from an Enchanted Castle" is a smutty set of letters passed among the disgruntled servants in the Beast's castle (as in, Beauty and the Beast). Click here for a sneak peek.
2. In case you die before you read the whole book, start with "Terminal Instar" by C. N. Nevets. It's just plain good storytelling with plenty of suspense and energy building over a few short pages in an everyday setting.
3. Then check out Lisa M. Shafer's "Voices from the Sidelines." It's a collection of inside jokes for the well-read--pretty much the most highbrow fanfic ever. The short pieces are well executed and clever.
4. The narrator of B. A. McMillan's "The Making of a Witch" has a cool, lyrical voice.
5. The last line of J. B. Chicoine's "Four Words" sticks the landing just right.
6. Loren Eaton's "Apocalypse Closet" has a very funny--well, maybe NOT so funny in light of recent current events that occurred after publication--premise.
7. A line from Yvonne Osborne's "Maybe" jumped out at me, for personal reasons: "Something else for them to carry." in reference to a homosexuality gene that women supposedly carry. 'Cause babies and the blame for original sin aren't enough, I guess.
8. There are not one, but TWO references to Edith Piaf's version of the song "Non, je ne regrette rien," in Anne R. Allen's "The Golden Age" and in Susannah E. Pabot's "Trees Without Trunks." How appropriate in a collection of deliberately unjudged and unedited pieces.
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Have you read the book yet? What did you think?