Monday, October 19, 2015

Headwater LLC, by Sequoia Nagamatsu

Lightspeed Magazine, January 2015; 3,431 words
Rating: 2, Not recommended  Recommended By: io9

Headwater Bottled Refreshments sells bottled water with literally magical properties. Yoko works in the home office and knows that the mythical, aquatic, Kappa on the logo isn't so mythical.

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

Pro: Yoko does move from being helpless to at least trying to discuss an escape plot with Masa.

Con: Maiko and Haruka are cartoon villains.The whole concept of a company keeping this a secret is impossible to believe. Addictive water alone would draw intense scrutiny. People declining employment would talk.

1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. I liked the fantasy premise but yes the exploitation is a bit unrealistic especially coming from two high school girls. And the water can be used to drive other people to do what the girls want but somehow they themselves are immune to it?