Installing Linux on a Dead Badger (and other Oddities) is a collection of Lucy Snyder's humorous essays, fiction, and articles, some culled from places like Strange Horizons and Spacesuits and Six-Guns and some brand new. This collection of 13 short stories, articles, and essays from Lucy A. Snyder will appeal to any fan of zombies, aliens, or installation manuals. Here's what Wikipedia said about Lucy, last time we checked: "Lucy A. Snyder is an American science fiction, fantasy, humor, and nonfiction writer. She grew up in San Angelo, Texas but moved to Bloomington, Indiana for graduate studies at Indiana University and currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Gary A. Braunbeck. Snyder served as an editor for HMS Beagle, an online bioscience publication produced by Elsevier. She has also contributed technical articles to publications such as Electronic Products."
Byte magazine meets Harry Potter. Imaginative series of strange, eerie and fun short stories. I need a sequel !
Writing clever and imaginative, reading not flawless but well done and entertaining.
The short stories connect in a reasonable fashion, including the titled one, to close nicely in the end. The epilogue is grand as well. Even when using zombies, it didn't fall into tired tropes, and was surprisingly fresh with their use as subject matter.
I was very pleased with the narrator, she has a solid grasp on varied accents to keep things interesting, and her tones fluctuate as well. My only criticism - and I WISH I knew how to put this better into words - is there are a handful of times she gives her voice an inflection, to show sarcasm or for a partial phrase much like I'm writing between these two comas here, that feels a little forced or strong or something? It's just that tad bit SOMETHING that makes that portion of her reading show it's lacking, but I couldn't tell you what she needed to do differently. Maybe a few more takes with that particular line or something, I don't know. Those moments didn't detract from the overall reading, though, and it wouldn't give me pause to future works read by her.
A great listen to get through afternoon paperwork, or a drive back up North to visit the parents. Well worth the fiver for an entertaining couple of hours.
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This is the essential companion to "Who Moved My Spleen?"
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Generally well-voiced. A little slipping from the Texas accent in the penultimate selection; not major.
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