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Even the Queen & Other Short Stories Audio Cassette – Mar 27 1998


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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Penton Overseas (March 27 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964853906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964853904
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g

Product Description

From School Library Journal

Grade 10 Up-Wacky, near-future, science fiction novella about aliens, ice cream, love, and curiosity.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A well-done audio version of wonderfully surprising stories Jan. 30 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
This collection of stories by the ever-surprising Willis includes the Twilight-Zone-ish "Death on the Nile" (with references to Christie's novel of the same name, and Porter's Ship of Fools (movie version)); a witty explanation of quantum physics by way of a conference in a California hotel; the Awful Truth that aliens really are among us (but I cannot tell you where they are); and the one every woman should hear: "Even the Queen," a story of a post-menstrual society. The last was laugh-out-loud funny--and this is dangerous when listening to the tape in your car! The author's voice matches the tone of her written words--matter-of-fact, with a wry twist-- and the stories themselves translate well to cassette: you long to look at the endings, BUT YOU CAN'T. I heartily recommend the tape (and don't forget to read her books, too).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Diversity among five stories, not all aging well June 3 2010
By T. Burket - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
The stories range from superior ("Death on the Nile") to weak ("Close Encounters"), the latter not prompting even a single chuckle. That one and a clever rift on the end of the world had timely references from the 1990s (Bill Clinton and Tonya Harding, anyone?) that didn't help all these years later.

"Death on the Nile" suffers early from some annoying characters before it turns serious and more complex. I kept wondering whether the same idea could have been developed better with some other characterizations, but she's the pro. Given that the other four stories were meant to be funny, perhaps these characters were for levity.

"Even the Queen" has to be one of a kind, or very close to it, with the dominant theme being whether technology that eliminates the female monthly cycle represents progress. Connie Willis isn't exactly Margaret Atwood in her take on women suppressed by the patriarch! I felt Willis as narrator didn't fit so well here.

OK, prospective writers, your assignment is to combine the disparate themes of Hollywood and quantum physics in a short story, preferably humorous. Her result has its moments, perhaps overplaying a few ideas.


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