Friday, October 2, 2015

The Pyramid of Krakow, by Michael Swanwick

Tor.com, September 30, 2015; 4,932 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

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.

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

Pro: The story flows smoothly from start to finish, with good narration, natural dialogue, and plenty of tension and suspense. Despite being part of a serial, it's well-contained.

Con: Given the size of the empire, it's not clear why it needs to import chemicals from anyone else. The witch hunter seems to appear from nowhere--with no forshadowing. And the gargoyles seem to be a little TOO dangerous for people to tolerate them just for rat control.

2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Do you think this can be read on its own? Or will I be lost?

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  2. I've been impressed at how well the various Mongolian Wizard stories stand by themselves. I try not to give a story more than two stars if it cannot stand alone.

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