Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Hell of It, by Peter Orullian, February 25, 2015; 15,359 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

In a fantasy port town, Malen loses his job and struggles to find a way to earn some money to support himself and his child.

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Pro:  Malen's love for his wife and son shine through. We feel deep regret that he's not been able to educate his son. The story avoids the easy win of letting Malen win at gambling or even letting him collect loot from Gynedo's house. He gets the education for his son, but at a very steep price.

Con:  The fantasy element here is superficial. This could be a story in 19th-Century England. Malen doesn't really resolve his problem at all; it's the League representative who does it.

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