seigezunt wrote:Wait, "The Border" is being filmed? Link?
Never mind, I found it. Interesting choice for a movie.
Continuing with my thoughts on the stories...
I have to preface with one note: I've been reading this collection as an e-book, and I have been "reading" it at times using software on my phone which reads e-books and other files aloud. You will see why I mention this in a second.
"Eternal/Love" - I had a hard time getting into this, but I liked the ending. I had to go back and re-read a little of it. I have a hard time with stories that try to animate forces of nature or concepts like time or death. This story reminded me a little of Stephen King's The Langoliers, at least in regard to making a thing out of a thing that you don't think of as a thing.
But I liked what JAL does with it in the end. Nasty. Though one question: would he really have been there forever? Couldn't the nearest shark eat him, as that would not count as drowning?
"To Put My Arms Around You, to Music: - I was determined to like this in spite of the almost universally accepted opinion that this is ... eh.
Here's the problem: my e-reading software sometimes glosses over story titles, so I was about a quarter of the way into "Majken" before I realized that a new story had started. So it read like a confused prologue to "Majken." So I went back and read it again ... and I'm afraid I couldn't make out what was going on. But by then I was halfway through a much more compelling story. I will have to give it another crack when I'm done. I couldn't make hide nor hair out of it.
"Majken" - Funny, this is the one I could see being made into a movie, out of all the ones I've read so far. I kept picturing Angelica Huston as Majken and the film being some sort of elderly Swedish "Thelma and Louise
." I really enjoyed this one, possibly the best so far. It kept me thinking. I started rooting for the "gang," and I got to thinking, would it be that way if they were teens? Is this maybe something JAL was driving at? That we can forgive nihilism in the elderly? I just liked this one because it had me guessing and thinking the most so far, and not distracted as much by the question "what kind of monster is this?" or "Do I know the rules of this monster?"
I've already read "Let the Old Dreams Die," and I'm going to skip "The Final Processing" until I have read "Handling the Undead," so that leaves two stories....