Saturday, October 24, 2015

Candy From Strangers, by Jay O'Connell

Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, January 2015; ~5,000 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

In a near-future Boston, Morgan looks for people about to commit suicide and makes them his "clients." His help is free, but is it worth what it costs?

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

Pro: The basic arc is that Morgan helps Ariel find a purpose in life, while Ariel gives Mogan what he never knew he was missing. It's a complete story, with no problems in narration or dialogue.

Con: Morgan is rather hard to believe. A failed suicide turned into super hacker? He's also rather hard to sympathize with, as is Ariel. 

1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. A bit of a dark theme here and not in the horror way. I agree that Morgan is a hard to believe character. He is a loner genius trope who just happen to easily fall for his one 'victim'