Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sleeping Dogs, by Adam-Troy Castro

★★★★☆ Recommended

(SF Action/Adventure; Draiken) An old man, long in hiding on a remote, tropical world, struggles to cope with the arrival of a figure from the worst part of his past. (21,000 words; Time: 1h:10m)

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"Sleeping Dogs," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 07-08|15, published on by .

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Review: 2015.414 (A Word for Authors)

John comes to life for us, both as a fisherman and as a retired spy. His adaptability and his preparations are impressive, despite the way age has weakened him. There's drama and tension. It's a great tale.

He's a little slow to accept that Grade is harmless, and that no one is looking for him anymore. The ending is a little unsatisfactory, although I suppose after 30 years of watchful waiting, we're prepared to believe that he really can't ever settle down and be a normal person. It underlines the fact that, despite everything, we don't really feel sorry for John--he hasn't ever become a real person to us.

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