Thursday, October 15, 2015

October 2015 Ratings

5- & 4-Star Stories: 0; Estimated Time: 0h:0m (0K words)
Recommended By Stories: 6;  Estimated Time: 1h:45m (32K words)
Total Stories: 14; Estimated Time: 3h:53m (70K words)
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Rating: 5 -> Hugo-worthy

Rating: 4 -> Recommended

Rating: 3 -> Average

And If the Body Were Not the Soul by A. C. Wise  Time: 29m (9K words)  IssueClarkesworld 109
Ro can't tolerate touching other human beings, but an accidental contact with an alien changes Ro's world.
Hold-Time Violations by John Chu  Time: 17m (5K words) 10/07/15
Ellie is trying to catch a train from Boston to DC so she can visit her ailing mother when her sister calls to tell her she needs to "go to the skunkworks and repair the physics of this universe."
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: NClarke
Ice by Rich Larson  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 109
At 16, freshly moved to an alien planet, Sedgewick plans to meet some local boys for a midnight challenge/initiation, but his 14-year-old brother tags along.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois
Summer at Grandma's House by Hao Jingfang  Time: 16m (5K words)  IssueClarkesworld 109
In China, a failing student decides to spend the summer with his grandmother, an eccentric scientist.
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The Pyramid of Krakow by Michael Swanwick  Time: 16m (5K words) 09/30/15
Part six of the Mongolian Wizard, in which Ritter goes to Krakow in disguise to find evidence of atrocities so grave that London cannot believe them.

Rating: 2 -> Not Recommended

Children of Dagon by Adrian Tchaikovsky  Time: 09m (3K words)  IssueLightspeed 65
As London falls to the waves, a tribe of modified human beings takes over the waterlogged areas, fighting with the human refugees.
Kingmaker by Lindsay Smith  Time: 22m (7K words) 09/23/15
In a fantasy empire, Vera tries to bring down the criminal underworld in the capital.
Solder and Seam by Maria Dahvana Headley  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueLightspeed 65
On a future Earth, after most people have left, a failed revolutionary decides to build a life-size wooden whale.
The Father by Kola Heyward-Rotimi  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueClarkesworld 109
The church of the Goddess plans to sacrifice the engineers who recreated the "seeds of the goddess" for them, but Madhav plans to escape.
The Karen Joy Fowler Book Club by Nike Sulway  Time: 22m (7K words)  IssueLightspeed 65
What if rhinoceroses behaved like human beings and talked about their upcoming extinction during book club meetings?
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Tragic Business by Emil Ostrovski  Time: 08m (3K words)  IssueLightspeed 65
An often-reincarnated soul wants a fair chance at love, but something keeps going wrong.
Variations on an Apple by Yoon Ha Lee  Time: 16m (5K words) 10/14/15
Surreal science fantasy, in which three goddesses come to Paris, prince of a mathematical Troy, and ask him to decide to whom to award an apple.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: KTB LTilton

Rating: 1 -> Needs Improvement

Egg Island by Karen Heuler  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 109
In a fairly near future, Audra visits the mid Pacific to watch how the ecosystem is evolving to incorporate plastics.
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Rating: Not Rated

Please Undo This Hurt by Seth Dickinson  Time: 23m (7K words) 09/16/15
A woman paramedic and her best friend fear that despite their best efforts, they end up causing more pain than they relieve.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [0]  Recommended By: KTB RHorton

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