I’m a big fan of Di Filippo, largely on account of his slightly skew-whiff gonzo world-creation, typically just one step remove, sidewise and with eyes crossed, from ours. In this story we follow one Tug Gingerella how finds himself in reduced circumstances, in ‘A Very Queer Street’ in Ocarina City. He is saved from a life on the streets by a naked Nubian Princess (amazonian females being a recurrent them in PDFWorld). There’ science and technology, quite a bit like ours, but not. There’s the movie industry, quite a bit like ours, but not. And a cast of pleasantly grotesque supporting characters, that makes it an enjoyable read, the subtlety of the writing reaping dividends.
- Chris Beckett. The Peacock Cloak. (Asimovs June 2010).
- Jane Yolen and Adam Semple. Mesopotamian Fire. (Eclipse 3)