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The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere: A Tor.Com Original [Format Kindle]

John Chu

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In the near future water falls from the sky whenever someone lies (either a mist or a torrential flood depending on the intensity of the lie). This makes life difficult for Matt as he maneuvers the marriage question with his lover and how best to "come out" to his traditional Chinese parents.


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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Magic as a beautiful backdrop for involving drama. 10 juin 2014
Par Nathan Hall - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I've always been a fan of fiction that focuses on character before anything else--while still executing plot and setting with skill and grace. Chu's work falls into this category perfectly. The magic in the story remains in the background, informing and shaping the story, while leaving room for the growth of the characters. The characters would have stolen the show had it not been given to them from the start.

This is a must-read short story. One of the best I've read this year. Maybe some of the best I've ever read.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Clever, but Hugo Worthy? I'm Not Sold. Here's Why: 30 décembre 2014
Par Daniel Burton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere by John Chu is not scifi. Clever, maybe, but Hugo worthy?
There’s something clever about this story. Water that falls on you from nowhere…when you are fibbing. The conceit is the narrator is an in the closet gay, at least to his parents, and without the ability to lie to them since the water started falling, is faced with the conflict of how he is going to keep up the facade in front of his aged parents over the Christmas holidays when any lie he tells will be given away by…water, falling out of nowhere.
Clever, right?
Right. But science fiction?
John Chu won the Hugo this year for Best Short story with The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere, and I don’t quite understand why. There is almost nothing that is even related to science in it. And, lest you argue that fantasy gets consideration for the Hugo, as well (just look at The Wheel of Time series, a Hugo nominee this year), let me just say that I’m not quite sure it falls well under that category, either. Maybe surrealism or, as I saw one person call it, “magical realism.” No, I’m not sure what that oxymoron means, but it sounds good, and feels about as good a label for this strange story as anything else.
So, anyway, it got the Hugo and I picked it up to read it, because that’s what people who like science fiction often do: they read the stories that the Hugo.
I finished it, put down my device (it was on my Kindle app), and scratched my head. Literally. “That’s all it takes to get the Hugo?”
There’s no accounting for taste, I suppose, but even in a year with a lot of controversy, I don’t see why this story won. It’s just not very good scifi. Clever, emotional even, but send it over to one of those literary houses for consideration and leave the science fiction to something that might be remotely recognizable as belonging to the genre.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 John Chu's Hugo Award (2014) winning Short Story is somewhat unusual... 22 août 2014
Par Rick O - Publié sur Amazon.com
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John Chu's Hugo Award (2014) winning Short Story is somewhat unusual. It seems that rain has decided to fall on anyone caught in a lie. Wow, would that straighten out politics, or what? Can you imagine the President fielding and answering questions at a press conference? Anyway, the rain could be a drizzle, or a downpour depending on the severity of the lie. How this phenomenon started, or what caused it to begin in the first place doesn't seem important to the populace in this Tor.com original story. It was tested and found to be safe distilled water. Enough said...what? There are a lot of unanswered questions about this occurrence, but apparently not important, since this story is about a Chinese/American man coming out of the closet.

Matt, the above mentioned gentleman, is in love with Gus, a large Adonis type man. One day Gus says to Matt, "You know." Gus's voice is surprisingly steady given how his teeth chatter. "Now that we know how we feel about each other, how about we solemnize the relationship? Make it official." Matt says, "Lets visit my family this Christmas. The two of us." Gus says, "Are you sure? I can wait years if that's what you want." I smell trouble, especially with all the downpours that that meeting can produce (I finally got to use Mieville's that that sequence). When they arrive at Matt's sister Michele's mansion for the holiday, Michele senses trouble and takes Matt into her office and says, "How dare you?" She slams the door behind her and I remind myself that I'm bigger than her now and it'd be harder for her to beat me up. "Are you trying to kill Mom and Dad?"

The story gets interesting from here on, because Matt's parents (not speaking English since they retired) want a grandson to carry on the family's name and bloodline. Michele's husband Kevin's parents only speak Cantonese and Mandarin. Will they understand? Will Matt chicken out and say nothing? And the big question is: will it drizzle or downpour in this home? I thought that this story was astute and well thought out. It reminded me of Karen Thompson Walker's 'The Age of Miracles' (see my review of 3/28/13). Both stories had amazing events happening to Earth, but the incidents took a backseat to the human interest part of the story. I do recommend this Short Story (and I mean short).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A beautiful re-imagining of the traditional "coming out" story 9 juin 2015
Par Dione Basseri - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When you lie, water falls from the sky. Even little fibs will bring on a mist. Humans have gotten pretty good at technical truths, but you can only dance around something so long. When a Chinese man agrees to go home for Christmas, he brings his lover along with him, despite having never told his family that he's gay. It's only a matter of time before the revelation, or the rain, come.

I really enjoyed this. The standard story of coming out was brilliantly altered by the inclusion of the truth-telling requirement. I would definitely read more short stories by Chu with this premise! As is, while we don't have a 100% happy ending, I was satisfied with the conclusion, and felt the entire narrative was very tightly constructed.

Available in audio form from Escape Pod.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Many Genres 8 juin 2014
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Although I bought this story sight unseen during a promotion for everything Tor published that was nominated for a Hugo, this story of a gay man bringing his lover home to meet his family is not just science fiction. It's gay romance and a multicultural family tale, too. (The narrator is Chinese-American while his boyfriend is white.) It's beautifully written and bittersweet; coming out is not all sweetness and light, but it's not a total loss, either.
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