As most of you know, two writers - Patrick Sullivan and Ben Mann - are the latest of a growing tradition of hatrack writers who have won the WotF contest. The two beat out not only many of their contemporaries here, but a list said to number over a thousand submissions to be named finalist. There, they had to impress professional writers to finish in the top 3 of eight to earn a well-deserved trophy (among many things). So their accomplishment should speak for itself, without a word from the gallery. Nevertheless, there always manages to be one heckler that seems to be bent on ruining it for everyone.
A very long review of the latest edition of the Writers of the Future anthology can be found at the link in blue. Now I recall reading somewhere, written by a famous author, that writers who can't write, review. Whoever wrote that must have had this guy in mind.
Granted, this guy says a lot of positive stuff, but can't seem to help himself by mentioning some kind of fault with every story, even with the ones he liked. That alone wouldn't be bad but Mr I can't leave well enough alone had to cheapen the entire collection with some long rambling pontification about how the editors made their choices. Blah, blah, blah. He even admits that he has submitted to the contest, which makes his comments sound like one big long whine.
Waaa! The editors didn't pick mine! Waaa!
Oh, boo-hoo. We should all get together as one big group and flood their comment section, tell the baby to grow up. The nerve of him acting like some kind of an authority.
I think this is a lousy advertisement, snapper. Too many Hatrackers wouldn't be able to tell you're joking. If you wanted people to read your review, why not be honest about it?
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Excellent review, as always. I found myself disgreeing with your rankings (which is unusual), but it's an excellent and informative review. Purely from a selfish point of view, I want more reviews of WOTF.
Given the purpose of WOTF, it would be unusual if you couldn't find some kind of fault with the stories.
The two standouts were the same (Maddy Dune and The Unreachable Voices of Ghosts), but there were at least two stories you really liked which I thought were among the weakest in the anthology. I would have also given one story a higher rating.
Okay finally got to reading some of snapper's critiques. I was going to wait 'till I finished the whole book but I still have two and a half stories to go and not sure when I will finish.
I agreed with a lot of what he said but not. However I just want to comment on a couple
Spoiler alert just in case there's any one who wants to read it but hasn't.
First Bonehouse: I also think Chris is a woman from a couple of tiny hints she wants to be a he.
"Sailing The Sky Sea"
One of my favorites except for the ending. I think it was rushed. and Geir forgets about the war that started the adventure. Plus it turned the story into more of a light hearted tale which none of proceeded it even hinted at.
The ending reads like there's a page missing. I think it had more believability than you did because I've read a few stories along the same basic lines. I think it made sense the way it was set up. But there's two or three things missing with that ending. I even went back to back sure I hadn't skipped a page but if there was one missing it would be between half the page down and three fourths of the page down.
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