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Word on Wave Boys is Out

posted Aug 8, 2012, 12:35 PM by Vincent Kovar   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 12:36 PM ]
The anthology TOUCH OF THE SEA featuring my short story, "Wave Boys," is on sale. I am very flattered and grateful for the kind reviews:

"...I found the adventure. It is there in The Bloated Woman by Jonathan Harper and in Wave Boys,Vincent Kovar's excellent seafaring adventure full of boys with tribal rituals, pent-up desires, a kraken, youthful aggression, pride and loss. This is my favorite story of the anthology due to the strong narrative voice, the excellent world building, and characters that drew me in from the first page. I wanted more of this story . . . just more."

"...Best of the bunch is easily Vincent Kovar's "Wave Boys" - a post apocalyptic tale featuring rival punk gangs who live on rafts/ships. The use of language is fantastic and creates a world dominated by youth culture. Think Waterworld meets A Clockwork Orange. The actual story is a mere snippet and I could quite happily have read a whole novel set in this universe."

"To create a world in a short story is very difficult. This is one of the reasons I so rarely try to use any world other than the one we live in (though I've been known to usually toss in some magic, psychic, or otherworldly extras). It's a fine line to walk between expository prose to clue in your reader and verisimilitude that stands on its own. 

Vincent Kovar has that line down and begging mercy.

The next story in my trip through THE TOUCH OF THE SEA is Vincent Kovar's "Wave Boys." In no way to I mean this to be a knock against any of the other tales in this collection (as they're all wonderful), but this was one of my favourites of the bunch. Kovar crafts a sea and kraken world unlike any I've ever read, and encapsulates it in its own language, culture, custom and feel in the space of a short story. These boys are rough and tumble, and live on the waves. Gatherings are made of boats lashed together, and the kraken demons are to be mocked as much as they are feared. The ships are more like gangs, and the document telling us this tale is a translation from a source I won't ruin - but I loved wondering who was behind it, and for what purpose?

This story exemplifies speculative fiction. Gold. Sunken gold, even."

To Hilcia, Crystal and Nathan: thank you, thank you, thank you.