I have a copy of This is How You Die! I went to Chapters Rideau on Sunday, and there it was, sitting on the display! So, even though it doesn't officially release until tomorrow, I have been reading it! I'm sort of drunk and giddy on the high of it all.
So! That link above there (just in case you missed it, here it is again) links to the official website for said book, and has a freaking awesome little movie from Funny or Die, and did I mention it's freaking awesome? Also, the editors - that'd be David Malki !, Ryan North, and Matthew Bennardo - want to try and make this book a New York Times Bestseller. Given that the first volume brought down Glen Beck (no, seriously!), there's a chance here. If you were to pick up a copy within the week (or preorder it now, because, whatevs) if you're in the States that would help. If you're in Canada or elsewhere, still pick it up, and I'm sure that karma will also enact itself upon the New York Times Bestseller List somehow. It's like butterfly wings flapping or killing your own grandfather, but with retail results and less time travel.
It may not be a surprise that today's pick for my short story a day romp through this year is...
"Natural Causes," by Rhiannon Kelly
This was a great tale for the collection, and once again a completely different vibe than the other stories - I can't express that often enough with this anthology, so I'll say it again: the writers all seemed to find different directions to explore with the Death Machine. In this case, the social strata of High School gets a quick shake up when a Death Machine finally comes to a small town, and there's soon a division between those who've gotten a slip, and those who haven't. And then, when one has a slip, it's what's written on it that has even more important: a cool death, after all, is, y'know, cool.
So when the heroine of the tale gets her slip and her result is definitely not cool? Well, that's where the story takes shape. Even better, the ending is a wonderful twist that made me laugh out loud.
Did I mention this story was written by high school student (at the time, I mean, she got older since then and graduated and stuff)? I mean this as a sincere compliment: I would not have known until I read the bio.