SO IT GOES is “a fun adventure”

Amazon reader Charlotte Vale has written a review of SO IT GOES: A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT, featuring my short story, “The Fountain of Relative Youth”:

SO IT GOES, now available at Amazon.

SO IT GOES, now available at Amazon.

My fear regarding tribute anthologies is summarized in this anthology’s last story “A Tribute to Ernest Glipp” by C. M. Chapman. I’m always concerned that the authors will try to imitate their beloved author rather than tell their own unique tales. However, my fears were put to rest when I read the first story “The Grand Tour” by Frank Roger. It was hilarious and immediately put me at ease. From this moment on, I knew that I was in for a fun adventure.

Jay Wilburn‘s “Saving God” has to be one of the strangest stories I’ve ever read. Since I’m a reader and fan of Kurt Vonnegut’s work, that’s really saying something. A week after reading it I still have no idea what to make of it. I think that’s a compliment. James W. Hritz‘s story “Critical Thinking Skills” was heartbreaking and moved me in an unexpected way. “The Fountain of Relative Youth” by Christian A. Larsen had me repeating, “Oh no!” out loud from start to finish. Appropriately, I repeat that phrase every time I read Kurt Vonnegut’s work as well.

One of my favorites was “The Truth” by Jonathan Balog. The straight-forward writing style fit the genre of the story. The story itself fit my idea of good writing. “You’re Toast” by E.E. King cracked me up. And the last story was the right ending for the anthology. C. M. Chapman‘s thoughts and feelings are probably shared by every author contributing to this book and beautifully wrap-up every reader’s thoughts on art and its power.

All in all a fun and fitting tribute to a great influence. Each author interpreted and illustrated a different aspect of Vonnegut but, more importantly, gave their readers a glimpse into themselves. I hope to read more by many of them over the years. Who knows? Maybe my children will be reading a tribute to one of these authors some day!

Editor Max Booth III put together the following 22 short stories for the anthology from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. Which ones are your favorites?

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

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