Friday, October 2, 2015

The Pyramid of Krakow, by Michael Swanwick

★★★☆☆ Average

(Alternate-History Fantasy; The Mongolian Wizard) 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. (4,932 words; Time: 16m)

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Review: 2015.567 (A Word for Authors)

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.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

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

  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.