Saturday, October 17, 2015

Rattlesnakes and Men, by Michael Bishop

Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, February 2015; ~12,000 words
Rating: 2, Not recommended

Wylene Godfrey, her husband Reed, and daughter Celeste move to Wriggly, Georgia, where everyone owns at least one rattlesnake.

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

Pro: The prose is clean, and the story really does have a plot: the .

Con: The anti-gun political message goes on and on and on. For a shorter story, this might be sustainable, but at 12,000 words it just seems endless. It makes its point, after a fashion, but it lays it on so thick that suspension of disbelief is impossible to sustain.

1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Now that this is a Nebula Award finalist, here are some other reviews (from the "Other Reviews" link): LTilton SFRevu Tangent