Jobs Greater Than Fiction
by Ani Fox
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Pub Date 25 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2021
Crossroad Press, Mystique Press
The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime–unless it kills them first. Or throws them through time, converts them to a soul-sucking, dimension-hopping sorcerer, or simply obliterates them at a sub-atomic level. In the eighteen stories that follow, half-orc bounty hunters merge with NAFTA regulations and aliens take much-needed coffee breaks. Do elves file TPS reports? Can a robot have a work-spouse? Add love, regret, friendship, the inevitable sternly worded HR email, and an arsenal of guns, death rays, explosives, necromancy, and… Santa Claus. Work gets weird when taking it offline requires structural sabotage and best practices include outsmarting The Devil. Refreshments will be served with a side of eldritch chaos. No experience unnecessary. Proactive dynamic self-starters wanted.
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Average rating from 4 members
My two favorite stories were “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder” and “Judge, Jury”. There were six other good stories and another five that were OK. But there were five stories I found very difficult to understand and follow. This occurred especially when the story was written in the first-person narrative. I enjoyed the stories more when they were third-person narrative. I guess this is what happens with an anthology, but I would definitely seek out this author again as the stories are very inventive. Thank you to Netgalley and Crossroad Press for the advance reader copy.
Jobs Greater Than Fiction by Ani Fox was okay, a struggle to get through -- was not as interested. But it was not bad.
Not bad, not great. Short story collections can be tough since they're rarely all good. This is a mixed bag. I hope the author continues to write!
Thanks very much for the ARC for review!!
Ani Fox provides the reader with a very diverse set of short tales which all involve a job of one sort or another. There are tales of half-orc bounty hunters, a very strange NAFTA world where a Texas Ranger is in NYC knocking off politicians, a lawyer getting involved in legal wranglings between native tribes, the US government, and aliens claiming legal rights. There is clones who get involved in an alien conspiracy, a private hunt team that discovers what is going on with artificial intelligences and literature, a Coyote story (why would there not be one?), a Mission Impossible tale that retrieves bake goods, and romance tale. In other words, if you do not mind twisted, mashed-up tales that whet your appetite for more, grab hold of Jobs Stranger Than Fiction!
Thanks Netgalley for the opportunity to read this collection of tales!