Review of Little Green Men—Attack! edited by Robin Wayne Bailey and Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Little Green Men—Attack! was a definite, as well as funny and sarcastic, success.
What is my definition of success, you may ask?
(You can skip this part if you have read any of my previous short story compilation reviews.)
To me, a short story compilation is akin to one of those giant bags of mixed candy you buy for Halloween. Some of what you get are your favorite kind, some are really good (just not your favorites), some are OK (but still candy, so pretty darn good), and some are awful because you can’t stand the flavor but you know other people love them anyway. And occasionally it includes one or two kinds of candy even the kids won’t touch.
With that in mind, I consider any short story collection to be a success if at least 3 or 4 stories fall into the first two categories of favorite or really good, and one (or better, none) fall into the even the kids won’t touch it category.
Little Green Men—Attack! was a definite success. 18 of the 19 stories were either favorites or really good. Eight were favorites. This is a new record for me.
None of the stories were in the “Even the kids won’t touch it” or the “I can’t stand the flavor” pile.
My favorite stories were “Rule the World” by Jody Lynn Nye, “Good Neighbor Policy” by Dantzel Cherry, “A Cuppa Cuppa Burnin’ Love” by Esther Friesner, “Stuck in Buenos Aires With Bob Dylan On My Mind” by Ken Scholes, “The Game-a-holic’s Guide to Life, Love, and Ruling the World” by Peter J. Wacks and Josh Vogt, “The March of the Little Green Men” by James Gunn, “First Million Contacts” by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Alex Shvartsman, and “The Fine Art of Politics” by Robin Wayne Bailey.
Highly recommended. If you need a reality break, a good laugh, or some fine sarcasm, go buy this book.
For many of these stories, too much of a review would ruin the story. So here are some spoiler-free short thoughts on each story:
“The Little Green Men Take Their Hideous Vengeance, Sort Of” by Mike Resnick 4 stars
“Little (Green) Women” by Kristine Kathryn Rush 4 stars
More stories narrated by J-May, please!
Good Neighbor Policy” by Dantzel Cherry 5 stars
“Stuck in Buenos Aires With Bob Dylan On My Mind” by Ken Scholes 5 stars
Wonderful. This could explain a lot.
“Rule the World” by Jody Lynn Nye 5 stars
My favorite story.
“School Colors” by Seanan McGuire 4 stars
The price of fame? Well done.
“Meet the Landlord” by Martin L. Shoemaker 4 stars
Always read the fine print.
“Big White Men—Attack!” by Steven H. Silver 4 stars
Perspective is everything.
“The Green, Green Men of Home” by Selina Rosen 4 stars
“A Fine Night for Tea and Bludgeoning” by Beth L. Cato 3 stars
Nice but one twist too many.
“The Game-a-holic’s Guide to Life, Love, and Ruling the World” by Peter J. Wacks and Josh Vogt 5 stars
Excellent gaming story.
“Day of the Bookworm” by Allen M. Steele 4 stars
Librarians for the win.
“A Greener Future” by Elizabeth Moon 4 stars
“A Cuppa Cuppa Burnin’ Love” by Esther Friesner 5 stars
Love and coffee. What more do you need?
“Little Green Guys” by K.C. Ball 4 stars
Love the character.
“The March of the Little Green Men” by James E. Gunn 5 stars
The perfect last line.
“First Million Contacts” by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Alex Shvartsman 5 stars
All those signals did go somewhere.
“Hannibal’s Elephants.” by Robert Silverberg 4 stars
We all know what happens when we make assumptions.
“The Fine Art of Politics” by Robin Wayne Bailey 5 stars
This was the almost perfect last line.
I give it 5 stars.