Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sleeping Dogs, by Adam-Troy Castro

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July/August 2015; ~21,000 words
Rating: 4, Recommended  Recommended By:  Locus SFRevu:5

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.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

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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