New Releases: "A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong" by KJ Parker
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I don't read a lot of short fiction - this isn't to say that I avoid it due to literary snobbery (I reserve that for certain subgenres), I just tend to find that the experience is a little jarring. I like the experience of sinking into an author's particular style - unfortunately, when that experience is only a few pages long, and then I'm vomited back to the surface, I feel a little cheated.
What's this all mean? I suppose, even more than usual, when I'm poking me crit-stick at shorts, buyer beware.
Fortunately, there's nothing to be wary of when it comes to KJ Parker's latest effort, "A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong". Here's the short version of the short story: it is brilliant.
Were I in some sort of cruel alternate universe where I was forced to rank Parker's work in order to save the lives of big-eyed puppies, I'd probably set "Birdsong" up near the top, peering up at the imperial majesty of the Engineer Trilogy and trying its best to stamp the Scavenger Trilogy down.
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