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Escape from the Man-Sized Cabinet, by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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Ecdysis, by Peter Nepstad
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Indigo, by Emily Short
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Blue Lacuna, by Aaron A. Reed
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Psychomanteum, by Hanon Ondricek
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Beyond, by Roberto Grassi, Paolo Lucchesi, and Alessandro Peretti
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Vespers, by Jason Devlin
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The Lesson of the Tortoise, by G. Kevin Wilson

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
Out of Touch, June 30, 2017
by IFforL2 (East Asia)
This well-received story pretends to have Asian influence but is remarkably western and male oriented. It should be no secret that cheating is culturally different in rural China, urban China, and western pop-culture. The scene where (Spoiler - click to show) the husband catches his wife in his own bed with his employee seems more like a scene from the old TV show Friends than a plausible event in in set China. In reality, in pre-Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary China, women, not men are undeniably the overwhelming victims, not the perpetrators, of cheating. When a woman does cheat, and is caught, her husband, the divorce courts of her government, and her neighbors will all ensure that her punishment is far greater than her 'crime.' Taiwan is little better, especially now recent court decisions have ensured that women do not have the right to safety. (People who attack rapists in the act are punished more severely than the rapists themselves!)

A story of a Chinese man who is the poor helpless victim of adultery is about as preposterous as a story of an American white man who is the poor helpless victim of racism by his African-American neighbours. Moreover, (Spoiler - click to show)three men team up to destroy one woman using absolute authority over another woman!

But I understand we all like a story of East Asian flavor that reads like a fortune cookie and ignores reality. I'm sure the author has read the take of several Western authors on Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist thought. HE probably did not intend any of the bitter irony that I'm reading into HIS story.

In a few days, I'll probably be embarrassed by something or everything I've written here and delete this review. I'm normally spineless. But I'll post it now while outrage fuels my, probably unjustified, courage.

Friendly Foe, by Mike Sousa
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The Island of Doctor Wooby, by Ryan Veeder
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