Brian is a GR friend of mine who was caught by surprise when I quietly bought a copy of his short story collection Blue Ice. After sharing our love of books (and some cat stories), I was intrigued to read his fiction. Life intervened for a while, but in March, when I was still recovering from surgery, I decided to pick up the volume. I had been having problems focusing on reading since the surgery, and although that was improving somewhat, I was still having problems focusing or being engaged for long.
I don't want to suggest that [b:Blue Ice|12960389|Blue Ice|Brian Dice|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1319735496s/12960389.jpg|18117939] is a miracle cure, but I do think it's something even better -- a collection of stories, vividly imagined, covering an impressive range of themes, settings and characters. As I read further into it, I had more and more difficulty putting it down. The stories include "Meeting Burwell," about a touching encounter with the Cleveland Browns' biggest fan; "Concert Pianist," an exploration of the power and limits of music in wartime; "A Perfect 10," which reminded me of Daphne Du Maurier's "The Birds," only set in San Francisco after an earthquake; and the title story "Blue Ice," in which an unforgettable encounter with a Japanese question makes us question how and where we assign value. Some stories, like "The Smokescripter" and "Realworld," have a touch of fantasy and science fiction in them. This collection is recommended for anyone who loves engaging short fiction.