Impossible Dreams

Impossible Dreams[Read] ➪ Impossible Dreams By Tim Pratt – In this Hugo Award winning story movie buff Pete discovers a video store stocked with DVDs of films that were never made a director's cut of The Magnificent Ambersons; Harlan Ellison's version of I Ro In this Hugo Award winning story movie buff Pete discovers a video store stocked with DVDs of films that were never made a director's cut of The Magnificent Ambersons; Harlan Ellison's version of I Robot; The Death of Superman directed by Tim Burton; and even impossible visions But there's something even interesting than the remarkable movies the woman working behind the counter. WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECTboilerplate mission statement introfor the past two years i’ve set december’s project aside to do my own version of a short story advent calendar it’s not a true advent calendar since i choose all the stories myself but what it lacks in the ‘element of surprise’ department it than makes up for in hassle as i try to cram even MORE reading into a life already overcrammed with impossible personal goals live up to your potential find meaningful work learn to knit merry merry wheeesince i am already well behind in my regular reviewing when it comes to these stories whatever i poop out as far as reflections or impressions are going to be superficial and perfunctory at best please do not weep for the great big hole my absented much vaunted critical insights are gonna leave in these daily review spaces and your hearts; i’ll try to drop shiny insights elsewhere in other reviews and here i will at least drop links to where you can read the stories yourselves for free which let’s be honest is gonna serve you better anyway HAPPY READING BOOKNERDS links to all stories read in previous years' calendars can be found at the end of these reviews in case you are a person who likes to read stories for free2016 down for links to this year’s stories which i will update as we go and if you have any suggestions send 'em my way the only rules are it must be available free online links greatly appreciated and it must be here on gr as its own thing so i can review it thank you in advanceDECEMBER 10The shelves yielded miracle after miracle Here was The Death of Superman directed by Tim Burton starring Nicolas Cage; in Pete’s universe Burton and Cage had both dropped the project early on Here was Total Recall but directed and written by David Cronenberg not Paul Verhoeven Here was The Terminator but starring OJ Simpson rather than Arnold Schwarzenegger—though Schwarzenegger was still in the film as Kyle Reese Here was Raiders of the Lost Ark but starring Tom Selleck instead of Harrison Ford—and there was no sign of any later Indiana Jones films which was sad Pete’s hands were already full of DVDs and he juggled them awkwardly while pulling movies from the shelves Here was Casablanca starring George Raft instead of Bogart and maybe it had one of the alternate endings too Here a John Wayne World War II movie he’d never heard of but the box copy said it was about the ground invasion of the Japanese islands and called it a “riveting historical drama” A uick scan of the shelves revealed no sign of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove and those two things together suggested that in this world the atomic bomb was never dropped on Japan The implications of that were potentially vast but Pete dismissed broader speculations from his mind as another film caught his eye In this world Kubrick had lived long enough to complete Artificial Intelligence on his own and Pete had to see that without Steven Spielberg’s sentimental touch turning the movie into Pinocchiothis is a sweet if predictable story about a maaaagical parallel world video store full of films that were never made and missing films that were in 'our' world anyway it's also a film geek romance it's cute it's light it's schmaltzy enough to give you cavities just a little fantasy puff piece whose unchallenging content is absolutely appreciated by me after a long tiring day but it's not going to stay with me long super film geeks may appreciate this than me for the references and the 'what if' daydreams it is likely to inspire me i'd rather have byron's burned up memoir over A Streetcar Named Desire starring jessica tandy replacing vivien leigh not marlon brando i'd totally watch it if it was jessica tandy AND vivien leigh no matter which of those ladies stepped into the stanley kowalski roleAND THAT WAS DAY TENread it for yourself here DECEMBER 1 DECEMBER 2 DECEMBER 3 DECEMBER 4 DECEMBER 5 DECEMBER 6 DECEMBER 7 DECEMBER 8 DECEMBER 9 DECEMBER 10 DECEMBER 11 DECEMBER 12 DECEMBER 13 DECEMBER 14 DECEMBER 15 DECEMBER 16 DECEMBER 17 DECEMBER 18 DECEMBER 19 DECEMBER 20 DECEMBER 21 DECEMBER 22 DECEMBER 23 DECEMBER 24 DECEMBER 25 DECEMBER 26 DECEMBER 27 DECEMBER 28 DECEMBER 29 DECEMBER 30 DECEMBER 31 come to my blog Sure movies can be a way to hide from life but shit sometimes you NEED to hide from life to see a better life on the screen to know life can be better than it is or to see a worse life and realize how good you have it Movies taught me not to settle for less” This Hugo winner is the story of a cinephile Pete who stumbles upon a dubious looking out of this world video rental place by chance and discovers that there is to it than meets the eyeThis was a FANTASTIC short read filled with wonder In fact it would practically be a dream come true for any movie buff or even a fantasy loverI don't want to give any of the plot away so go read it for yourselfI absolutely LOVED this story so much so that it was such a bummer to come back to real life after finishing it It was also reminiscent of one of my favourite movies Midnight in Paris Pete felt a fist of panic clench in his chest “This isn’t a movie” he said“No” Ally said “It’s better than that It’s my life” Now here's a story for all the movie lovers out thereImagine a parallel universe were to interact with ours in the form of a little video store filled with movies that were never made in our world A parallel universe where history developed differently and Clark Gable never played in Gone with the WindAnd now go read this short story Read this for our May Short Story Month Marathon a personal challenge during which Sandra and I will be going through our short story collection Impossible Dreams is a book that will appeal to any film fan out there as it follows the main character who discovers many bizarre surreal and unlikely mashups of various recent trendy and popular titlesdirectors But the films themselves aren't the only mystery that this book holds The worker at the video store is also a complete surprise Funny strange and original this is a short but rewarding story and I really liked it The 2007 Hugo Award winner for best short storyThis is such a wonderful story that appeals to me on so many levels45 starsYou can read it here I admit I am biased than usual when rate this story My pa is a movie lover and I watched some classics that mentioned in this story so I can imagine the protagonist's feeling at the beginning when visited the shop at the first time This story uickly grasps my sympathy Fine parallel worlds science fantasy story Two movie buffs meet cute in a mysterious DVD shop that appears one night in the male lead's home town It's well an Impossible Dream Recommended and online at Won a short story Hugo Award in 2007 Cute short story highly recommended for a movie buff being one myself i really enjoyed reading it This little gem gives all the good reasons to be a movie freak Great comparisons are made by author between movies and one's life You couldn't ask of a miracle than it was willing to giveA short story that greatly benefits from a tightly focused premise a film fanatic Pete stumbles upon a video store with a very strange inventory Pete's reaction to this and interaction with the clerk provide a deceptively simple framework for a well developed tale with two characters who feel genuine despite the absurdity of the situation More than once Pete's actions had me thinking that's what I would doThere are passages of extreme detail about the oddities Pete discovers which seem like they should be a bit overwhelming but aren't The details themselves are imaginative and interesting and it's all written so wonderfully the excitement Pete and obviously the author has for movies becomes contagious