Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Trapping the Pleistocene, by James Sarafin

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2015; 15,178 words
Rating: 4, Recommended

Fur trapper from ~22nd-Century Ohio goes back in time to try to catch a giant beaver.

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

Pro: The descriptions of the Pleistocene landscape are breathtaking. The giant beaver dam feels very real. The giant short-faced bears provide a lot of tension. The dialogue between Jack and Hank is entertaining. And the ending wraps up all the loose ends.

Con: We're supposed to feel Jack's pain over the loss of his daughter, but somehow it never quite works. Perhaps we just have trouble believing Jack could be the type to obsess over loss.

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