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It took me forever to get through this audiobook. First of all, it was more than 20 hours and as I have lamented here before, I just don’t do that much driving anymore. Secondly, although I loved most of the stories, I had to take a break now and again so that the tales did not run together. Several authors used the same Ian songs and I would lose track of what was going on. Third and last reason – I ran out of renewals and had to let the library have the audio back for a while before I checked
When this book first came out I checked it out of the library and read some of the stories, then I got it in e-book format from the StoryBundle, so now I at least OWN the book, too :D• Come Dance with Me by Terry Bisson• The Scent of Trumpets, the Voices of Smoke by Tad Williams• Finding My Shadow by Joe Haldeman• Ride Me Like a Wave by Jane Yolen• In Fading Suns and Dying Moons by John Varley• "On the Other Side" by Mercedes Lackey 12/8/2004• "Nightmare Mountain" by Kage Baker 12/1/2004• On the...
I read the ebook re-issue of this anthology, which is one of the best in recent years. My copy of the print version, which was signed by both Ian and Resnick, was damaged beyond repair in some otherwise minor flooding in my home a few years ago, so I was glad to get this new version. Janis Ian, best known for her songs "At Seventeen" and "Society's Child," turns out to be a major SF fan. She explains how a fan letter she wrote to Mike Resnick led to her attending a Worldcon with him, which in tu...
Stars is a very good collection of stories with an unusual twist; they're all based on (or at least strongly influenced by) songs by Janis Ian. I'm sure that people who are unfamiliar with her music would enjoy the stories, too, but I had fun playing them as a soundtrack while reading. Naturally, some of the stories are most successful than others, just as some of the songs are more enjoyable to individual listeners. Strangely, I didn't note any correlation between most and least favorite storie...
Must admit that I gave it a 4 partly based on the nostalgic nature of the songs.
An anthology of sci-fi stories inspired by a singer-songwriter who is a sci-fi fan and written by her fans. I've never heard of Janis Ian but I know many of the authors' names and that is invitation enough.A mix of nice, enjoyable stories with interesting ideas, okay ones and several that went completely over my head.
As the title indicates, this is a set of stories inspired by the songs of singer-songwriter Janis Ian.I'll be honest, I'm not really a big music guy, in that while I might enjoy individual songs when I hear them, I don't feel the need to seek it out or follow in detail the people who produce it. So, when I got this book (it was actually part of an ebook bundle), Janis Ian's name wasn't only not a draw, I had no idea who she was. I couldn't think of a single thing I'd heard her sing, but hey, I d...
This anthology is part of the Women in Science Fiction bundle. It contains stories (not all of them strictly science fiction but definitely speculative) from quite a distinquished selection of writers (not all of them women). Overall, I enjoyed reading this. It made me listen to and get acquainted with Janis Ian's music. I really only knew At Seventeen before this. It has also made me wonder about stories that could be told inspired by various songs as I listen to music. Some stories I enjoyed w...
There's a lot of overlap betweeen Janis Ian fans and science fiction fans, which makes sense if you think about it - intellectual openness meets emotional directness; imaginative writing that isn't overly literary - and once Ian started going to SF conventions she found she was a favorite of many of her favorites. Thus was born the idea for this anthology, in which heavyweight writers contribute stories inspired by one or another of her songs. In this company, it's striking that one of the most
This anthology blew me away. It was a bit of an odd premise - stories based on the songs of a singer - but it worked. The variety of the stories were astounding, and while there were the few that I did not enjoy as much, the majority of them were very quick reads, well written, and some were very impressive indeed. There was some repetition in themes (several stories were based on Janis Ian's song "Society's Child") but even that did not get tiring. Plus, there was a new Valdemar story, and the
Stories by famous successful SF authors based upon songs of Janis Ian.Janis Ian's songs have better lyrics than tunes, and these stories fit the feeling of the stories very well. They may be more "literary" than some readers like.I'm a big fan of hers.
I'm generally not that into short stories. It seems like they either aren't fleshed out enough or they aren't a big enough idea. Sometimes the really work though, and there were several in this book that worked very well.
Stories taken from songs by Janis Ian, most of these short stories are rather dark, and I never thought of her songs as that grim
some great stories, some not so great, but all in all a great read