Tuesday, September 15, 2015

When Your Child Strays From God, by Sam J. Miller

Clarkesworld Magazine, July 2015; 5,875 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story  Recommended By: io9

Fundamentalist mom takes networking drug so she can track down her missing teenage boy.

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

The mom's voice is priceless. She's an almost-perfect caricature. The tension when she's driving under the influence is very strong.

The ending is predictable. From the very first paragraph, when we learned about Carolina Bugtuttle's "degenerate son," it was fairly clear that the strayed boy would be with him, although there were plenty of red herrings (e.g. "his whore girlfriend.") The ending is too easy; she changes her mind with zero effort. Also, there's no flow from the mom back to the son--you'd expect him to be feeling her genuine love and genuine pain.

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