Shooting the Moon and Other Stories by Demetrius Sherman

Shooting the Moon and Other Stories by Demetrius Sherman
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary, Historical
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Shooting the Moon: Schlemiel starts a war. Half a Beauty: A young woman’ with two wonderful lovers and her brainstorm to keep everybody happy. The Channel: A man is terrified of a program.
Also included: The Murder of Spring: A thought-provoking coming of age story.

One of the things I enjoy the most about the science fiction genre is how willing many of its authors are to explore the weirdest corners of the human mind. What could be better than throwing the rules out of the window and starting over every so often?

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“The Murder of Spring” was something I understood better the second time I read it. There was some foreshadowing in it regarding something ominous the main character experienced that I wish had been explained more thoroughly. It was mentioned briefly, but the narrator never went into detail about it even though it was extremely important to understanding the plot. I wish I could go into more detail than that, but this was so short that it’s hard to say anything else without giving away major spoilers.

As soon as I read the description of “Half a Beauty” in the blurb, I couldn’t wait to find out more. This tale had some fantastic, if also sometimes violent, plot twists in it. Figuring out whether they were supposed to be interpreted figuratively or literally kept my brain busy, and that’s something I always enjoy doing. I only wish the ending had provided a little more of a resolution for the audience. While I don’t mind holding multiple possible interpretations in my mind at once, it sure would have been helpful to know a bit more about what the author was actually trying to communicate here.

My favorite story in this collection was “The Channel.” Tuber, the main character, on it was mindlessly flipping through channels while trying to avoid one of them in particular. His reason for doing so made perfect sense to me. Honestly, I’d be just as cautious if I were him! I also enjoyed reading the ending. It tied up the major conflict while still leaving room for a sequel if the author ever decides to write one. I would sure be interested in finding out what happened to Tuber next.

I highly recommend reading the “How These Stories Came to be Written” section at the end. It was informative and well worth my time.

Anyone who enjoys surreal science fiction might like Shooting the Moon and Other Stories.

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