Saturday 8 July 2017

The Life Cycle of Stars (Ignition) - Barry Lyga - A Short Story

The Life Cycle of Stars (Ignition): 
A Short Story
Barry Lyga
Barry Lyga LLC

This book, this short story is Barry Lyga's July offering in his year of short stories. After the November 2016 Presidential Election Barry Lyga wanted to do something, so he decided to dust off some short stories and publish one a month with the proceeds going to the ACLU. You can read about why he is doing this here. For fans of his writings, of fans of short stories; it is a chance to see some stories that have never seen the light of day. 

My introduction to Lyga's writing was the anthology Geektastic, since reading that book in late 2009 early 2010 I have read almost all of Lyga's published writings. And I have loved some of the short stories in this series. Some of them were amazing reads especially Four Minutes. Part of what makes this series so great is the introductions and back stories. Lyga gives us a peek into his process, how these stories came about and what he was working from. And so fat I have thoroughly enjoyed all the stories up until this one. In fact I read it twice because I was sure I was missing something. The impetus for the story comes from a scribbled not in a Lyga's sophomore or junior year at Yale course. After writing the line he saw a great pun and used it in this story.  

I will be honest the story is very well written, but the plot left me wanting. It is the story of a woman who is married and with a growing child, who goes back to university. She ends up meeting a younger man, and having an affair. 

Having seen so many broken marriages amongst my parents and their friends. And now among friends my age. The devastating impact on all involved especially children in these situations. This story seems to make it ok, because the woman is more fulfilled and excited about the younger man who shows some interest in her. The story just left me sad. 

I am glad the proceeds of this story are going to a good cause, and I eagerly anticipate next month's instalment. This one was just not to my taste. 

Books by Barry Lyga:
I Hunt Killers:
I Hunt Killers (2012)
Game - I Hunt Killers #2 (2013)

Blood of My Blood - I Hunt Killers # 3 (2014)

I Hunt Killers Short Stories:
Down Time (2018)
Lucky Day (2014)
Career Day (2012)
Neutral Mask (2013)
Blood Boy (2014)

Brookdale High:
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (2006)
Boy Toy (2007)
Hero Type (2008)
Goth Girl Rising (2009)

Bang (2017)

Archvillain #1 (2010)
The Mad Mask - Archvillian #2 (2011)
Yesterday Again - Archvillian #3 (2013)

The Flash Series:
Hocus Pocus (2017)
Johnny Quick (2018)
Tornado Twins (2018)

Other Books By Barry Lyga:
Graphic Novels in Your Media Center: A definitive Guide (with Alison A.W. Lyga - 2004)
Wolverine: Worst Day Ever (2009)
MangaMan (with Colleen Dorren 2011)

Unsoul'd (2013)
After The Red Rain (2015)
The Secret Sea (2016)
Thanos Titan Consumed (2018)
The Hive (2019)


Short Story Project 2017
The Ghosts at 95
Loving The University
The Ideas of March
Four Minutes
Pulse vs. the Killing Fiend
Her Decade
The Life Cycle of Stars (Ignition)
Trading Worlds
When I Die
The Autopsying of Michael Edward Morgan
Meet Me Tonight

Contributed to:

Geektastic (2009)
Who Done It? (2013)

Author Profile and Interview with Barry Lyga

Author Profile and Interview with Randall Banner

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