The New York Times Reviews “You Think That’s Bad”

And they love it!  Here’s the review:

If ventriloquism is a lost art, Mr. Shepard has found it. In these 13 short stories he shows he can move the lips of anyone: a special-effects designer on a Japanese film, a 15th-century French accomplice to dozens of murders, a retired American soldier reeling with post-traumatic stress disorder. Then there’s Mr. Shepard’s realistic staging, nailing entire worlds together with teeming, precise detail.

The verisimilitude of “The Netherlands Lives With Water,” about a Rotterdam couple managing flooding in the globally warmed future, is as compelling as the story’s emotional landscape. No wonder. In his acknowledgments the author cites 16 sources that appear related to the story’s subject, including the Municipality of Rotterdam’s “Waterplan 2 Rotterdam.

The original article can be found here.  Congratulations to Jim!

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