Tuesday, May 1, 2012

On "Nimrod!" by Cliff Young (3793 words) ***

Jersey Devil Press likes speculative fiction that is experimental or realist in some way. Young's work fits well within that camp. It's a story set at the edge of the end of the world. Things are dying, and Norman is out hunting to find what little is left. What makes the story interesting is that survival--at least not in the common idea of it--is not Norman's main objective. The story is really about Norman's attempt to keep his wife, to impress her, so that she won't leave him. Man, once so sophisticated, returns to his caveman roots, Young implies, and a story is born. Read it here at Jersey Devil Press.

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