Impossible Things, by Connie Willis
I found myself on blog hiatus when life got super-busy and the kids got sick at pretty much the same time. The kids are still sick--they are on the couch watching Tintin cartoons right now--but I think I can tell you a bit about the many books I've got lined up for posts!
Last week I was struck down with a cold and spent most of the day on the couch. Kristen R. happened to post that morning about reading Impossible Things and mentioned a particular story, and I own Impossible Things, so I went to read the story, and the next thing I knew I'd read the whole collection. A dose of Connie Willis was just what I needed to help the day go by.
This is a collection of some of Willis' best SF stories; a couple of them have won prizes. They are a varied lot--there are some really funny ones, some tragic, and some just strange. "Ado" is a literary story a bit like "Harrison Bergeron." "Time Out" has time travel, romance, and chicken pox. "Spice Pogrom" is the kind of screwball SF that Willis specializes in. I don't even understand "Jack." And "Even the Queen" has a humorous take on the one thing that nobody ever writes stories about.
I always love Willis' oddball sense of humor. She's a lot of fun. This made me want to read To Say Nothing of the Dog yet again, but then I kind of want to read Doomsday Book before I do that, and it's so sad that I'm not sure I do want to read it.