ellenkushner asked: Loved reading your post about Bordertown! So did you read WELCOME TO BORDERTOWN yet? Really curious to know what you think, when you do. Also, we've got a new bordertownseries tumblr. Hope you like it....

Okay, in order:

  1. Awesome, thanks!
  2. Yes, I totally did, and apparently I completely forgot to write a post about it. Classic me.
  3. Oh, sweet!

Okay, at some point I will do a longer post about Welcome to Bordertown. But a couple of quick thoughts:

It's really great.

As with any anthology, there are some bits that I liked more than others. Cory Doctorow's story really did not grab me, but I think I just have some kind of weird allergy to his prose style. Mango, coconut, most cats, and Cory Doctorow's prose style.

My favorites were "Crossings," by Janni Lee Simner, which really nails the cultural relevance of Bordertown to the present day, and "A Voice Like a Hole," by Catherynne M. Valente, which delivers that beautiful/horrible/haunting punch to the gut that I associate with the best of the more serious strain of Bordertown stories. (Such as "Mockery.")

Also, as big a fan as I am of this series, I can tell I need to go back and re-read everything, because I could practically feel some of the references go whizzing by my head, and that simply will not do. : )

PS: Oh, and I really dug the time-jump thing. It sounded slightly gimmicky at first, but it really does work, not just in terms of the fiction of the world, but in terms of the kinds of stories it lets the writers deliver. I think there's something weirdly useful about having this window looking out from the cultural landscape of my youth onto the cultural landscape I'm in now.