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UPDATE: My New Year’s Resolution

This is the July 2004 update of my New Year’s Resolution.


QUICK STATS:

   STARTING SF-POINTS©: 220

   SF-POINTS©EARNED THIS MONTH: 14 (QUOTA: 31)

   YEAR-TO-DATE SF-POINTS©: 234 (YTD QUOTA: 213)


It was a slow reading month for me, mostly beacuse of a two week “vacation” and having some work done on the house. Good thing I was ahead in the short story department!




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DATE READ STORY AUTHOR YEAR WRITTEN SOURCE RATING TYPE POINTS YTD POINTS
07/01/04 Think Like a Dinosaur James Patrick Kelly 1995 Year’s Best SF #1 edited by David G. Hartwell 5/5 NV 2 222
07/11/04 Wonders of the Invisible World Patricia A. McKillip 1995 3/5 SS 1 223
07/19/04 Hot Times in Magma City Robert Silverberg 1995 4/5 NA 4 227
07/21/04 The Empire of Ice Cream Jeffrey Ford 2003 SCI FICTION 5/5 NV 2 229
07/21/04 Gossamer Stephen Baxter 1995 Year’s Best SF #1 edited by David G. Hartwell 3.5/5 SS 1 230
07/22/04 A Worm in the Well Gregory Benford 1995 3/5 NV 2 232
07/23/04 Downloading Midnight William Browning Spencer 1995 5/5 NV 2 234

KEY:VI=Vignette (.25 points), SS=Short Story (1 point), NV=Novelette (2 points), NA=Novella (4 points)

NOTES:

  • Miscellaneous reviews follow

The Empire of Ice Cream by Jeffrey Ford
[Read: 07/21/04]
[Rating: 5/5]
[Source: SCI FICTION]

  • Synopsis: A man with synesthesia – a condition that causes some serious sensory association – has visions of a beautiful woman when he tastes coffee. His first experience occurs as a young boy when he sneaks out and tastes coffee ice cream.
  • Review: Really good story and a quick read. The condition of synesthesia is interesting in that there are lots of twisted sensory descriptions like “the horrible smell of purple” and “the ring of the telephone feeling like burlap.” An excellent description of William’s boyhood initiates the lifelong loneliness that prompts what he believes is a hallucination of the girl Anna. Or, is she real?
  • Note: 2004 Hugo Nominee and 2004 Nebula Winner
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    11 Comments on UPDATE: My New Year’s Resolution

    1. In a “straight forward” count, I’m around 200 or so. I’m in the middle of a couple of collections, so when they are done, I’ll give an update.

    2. Great!

    3. 226 when I finish Asimov’s “The Complete Robot”…straightforward count, not counting novellas as doubles, etc.

    4. If you’re not doing my patented SF-POINTS© system, then you are way ahead of me.\ in terms of story count.

    5. Well, I can’t afford the licensing fees, so I’m doing it the old-fashioned way.

    6. At about story #261, which puts me 20+ ahead by the end of August YTD. Again, straight-line method, one thing read = one story.

    7. Way to go, Fred. I’m about the same, but I’m using the weighted points system so my story count is a bit less. Are you documenting at all? I’d love to see the list. Maybe you could post it at The Eternal Golden Braid?

    8. Yep, gotta write up the list at some point. However, I’m still getting used to my work schedule, my daughter’s school schedule and how it is impacting computer time. Soon, soon!

    9. Wait, Fred, you’re working again? Congrats!!

    10. Part-time, barely above minimum. But it’s second-shift, so we don’t need daycare. And, it’s security, which means I can read a lot of short stories.

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