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The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere: A Tor.Com Original par [Chu, John]
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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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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 22 pages
  • Editeur : Tor Books (20 février 2013)
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J'ai souvent du mal avec les histoires courtes.
John Chu a prouvé que l'on peut développer des personnages et raconter une histoire en quelques pages seulement. L'écriture est superbe, l'idée est très originale et les sentiments des deux personnages prennent aux tripes.
L'histoire est toute simple: le héros d'origine chinoise rend visite à ses parents, vieille école, en compagnie de son petit ami dans un monde où ceux qui mentent se retrouvent arrosés par une pluie très localisée. Une histoire très touchante pleine de poésie.

Mon seul regret est d’ordre technique: les idéogrammes ressortent assez mal sur le kindle (ils sont trop petits), dommage.
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HASH(0x98654ac8) étoiles sur 5 Magic as a beautiful backdrop for involving drama. 10 juin 2014
Par Nathan Hall - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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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HASH(0x98654d14) 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).
HASH(0x98654f54) étoiles sur 5 ... problem with putting together a list of things you LOVE is that it’s hard to explain why 29 mai 2016
Par Jasmine - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The problem with putting together a list of things you LOVE is that it’s hard to explain why. This is a short story about water falling from the sky when you lie? And what impact that has on society. It’s also one of the best examples I’ve ever seen of how to pay out worldbuilding and character as the story demands. Back in the day, I saw an interview with a band talking about songwriting. They say that you have to know what the song needs and only give it that, no ten minute guitar solos (even if it’s a really AWESOME guitar solo). This story only does what it needs to do, with no wasted space. UGH fine I’ll just give you the first paragraph.

“The water that falls on you from nowhere when you lie is perfectly ordinary, but perfectly pure. True fact. I tested it myself when the water started falling a few weeks ago. Everyone on Earth did. Everyone with any sense of lab safety anyway. Never assume any liquid is just water. When you say “I always document my experiments as I go along,” enough water falls to test, but not so much that you have to mop up the lab.”
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Par William D. Wallace - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The prose isn't great. The story is slow and didactic. There's a good SF idea that's wasted here. can't believe it's a Hugo nominee.
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HASH(0x98b53084) 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.

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