Monday, October 5, 2015

The Marriage of the Sea, by Liz Williams

Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, April/May 2015; ~2,100 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

A fantasy story in which the narrator is scheduled to become the "Bride of the Sea."

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

Pro: There are several neat twists: the unexpected "rescue," her decision to jump anyway, the realization that without the heavy skirts, she floats, the flooding that deposits her in town, and, of course, her determination to offer herself again.

Con: It says she was wearing dresses of previous brides, "after the salt had been leeched out of them," but it also said that no one saw the bride again after the ceremony, so that doesn't quite add up. It's rather hard to sympathize with the character. Except for the fantasy setting, there is no speculative element.

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