Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Another Glowing Review!

The Fate of Mice just got an overwhelmingly positive review from Carole Ann Moleti at Tangent Online. It turns out that Moleti's a nurse-midwife: how fitting is that?

The review contains some startling readings of a few stories, especially "The Old World," which I wrote as a realio-trulio utopian tale, albeit an ironic one. But that's always going to happen; writers can't control how readers interpret their work, and inevitably someone says something that leaves us scratching our heads.

There are also a few factual errors. For instance: "Going After Bobo" is set in Reno, not Vegas.

Ahem. Repeat after me, children: Reno is not Vegas. Reno is not Vegas. Reno is not Vegas. Write that out one hundred times until you've learned it. If your hand cramps and you need a break, go study the map.

I've e-mailed Moleti about this (although the main point of the note was to thank her for the review). Nevadans truly are touchy on this point.

However, since she has nothing negative to say about any of the stories, I'm extremely happy!


  1. Reno is not Vegas.
    Reno is not Vegas.
    Reno is not Vegas.

    Maybe if there was a mnemonic it would help.

    "Shot a man in Reno just to watch him die,
    ran away to Vegas to have a piece of pie."

    Something like that.

  2. Congratulations again on another glowing review!!

  3. Right, Reno has been immortalised, if at all, by REM ("All the Way to Reno"), Bruce Springsteen ("Reno"), and, of course, Reno 911 (the movie for which appears to have been set in Miami(?!)).

    Vegas, otoh, has Celine Dion performing "You Shook Me (All Night Long)." It probably balances.

  4. Classic Reno film: Donna Deitch's Desert Hearts, an uplifting lesbian romance with a stunning cameo by Pyramid Lake.

    Classic Vegas film: Mike Figgis' Leaving Las Vegas, at the top of anybody's list of Cinema to Slit Your Wrists By.

  5. When people ask where I went to undergrad and I answer "The University of Nevada," I am often asked if it is in Vegas. I don't even blink before I quickly respond with the following.

    Reno is a university town that thinks it is a casino town and Vegas is a casino town that thinks it has a university.

    Outsiders might be surprised to find out how much of the culture of Reno is centered around/benefited by the University.

    The University of Nevada had approximately 16,000 students in 2004. Compare that with the 180k that the City of Reno had in the 2000 census and you can see that about 9% of Reno's population are University students.

  6. Sincere apologies for my error on Reno/Vegas. I have corrected it, put a note on the forum, and a note on the geography lesson blog.

    That story was one of my favorites and even though it is no excuse, I was so engrossed, I read casinos and made an incorrect assumption.

    I can see "Beautiful Things" being a utopian story but I guess my jaded view of politics crept in there.

    Thanks for inviting me to your blog. I love discussing stories like yours since they are so layered I keep thinking about different possibilities.

    I'll check out the hospital blogs-my memoir to be is based upon my work experiences. And I think I've only written one or two pieces fiction that doesn't have a baby born during the story.

  7. Congratulations Susan! The review sounds great! Don't think I've read much of your dark, horror type stuff except maybe in the rewrite of Cinderella. Does that one match the tone she is talking about?


  8. Thanks, everybody!

    Carole, thanks for the correction! And the story I meant was "The Old World," not "Beautiful Stuff."

    Lee, the story you mean is "Ever After," which is included in the collection -- so yes, that's one of the ones she means!

  9. Awesome! That Cinderella story really threw me for a loop. I hope I get another few good surprises in the rest of them. (g)



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