Monday, October 12, 2015

The Last Surviving Gondola Widow, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Clarkesworld Magazine, February 2015; 5,917 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story  Recommended By:   SFRevu:4

In an alternate history ~1880s steampunk+magic Chicago, a woman detective for the Pinkerton's investigates someone who might have been involved in a terrorist attack on Chicago.

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

Pro: Although this alternate history is rather remote from ours, the author manages to make it come to life for us. The clues about how the gondolas used to work are enough that the ending isn't a total surprise.

Con: You'd think they might have exhumed a few gondola pieces from graves rather than staging this big public event. It also seems weird that any widow would attract pieces from any gondola--not just the one she had "married."

1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. I enjoyed the steampunk-ish world and I can easily imagine a longer story set in here, great characterization too... and I assumed it's all her 'married' gondola pieces that sprout up at the end as it tries to reassemble again. Strangest thing is that she should had known better and not bow down to pressure to speak lol