Futureland, Walter Mosley
I don’t really know what to make of this. I thought that Mosley’s writing was strong and engaging, but somehow the stories — all set in the same world, with stronger or weaker links between them depending on the story — didn’t quite work for me. There are so many fantastic ideas explored, but I found some of the endings of the stories a bit too predictable, and one or two of the stories left little impression on me because of that. Some of the stories worked beautifully, but others felt like they lacked something — paciness, mostly, or a real understanding for the reader of the tensions under the surface. One blurb says that “Futureland is an all-American nightmare just waiting to happen”, and I think that might be partly why it didn’t work for me, not being American and not having those exact worries and that history and context.
Nonetheless, it’s definitely an interesting collection, and I should totally check out more of Mosley’s work.