Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Occidental Bride, by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

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A women in a future Hong Kong that has survived some sort of global disaster is forced to take one of the architects of the catastrophe as her bride--for the purpose of catching others who were involved. (6,680 words; Time: 22m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 108, published on .

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Pro: It has the feel of a story with a very rich backstory.  One guesses that the "shattered continent" was Europe, but it's hard to be sure. One wonders why all of the married couples in the story are gay. It does seem to earn its more-or-less-happy ending.

Con: Reflecting over the story, the spy angle is a little hard to believe. The story suffers from a few phrases that are so awkward one wonders if they resulted from an editing error. The very first paragraph is hard to make sense of even after reading the whole story.

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