Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bones of Air, Bones of Stone, by Stephen Leigh

Old Venus, 2015; ~11,600 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story  Recommended By:   SFRevu:5

Tomio returns to Venus to confront his ex-lover fifteen years after she left him following a diving accident that cost him his legs.

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Pro: This story tells how Tomio put his past behind him, and how he found a new purpose. Avariel's death has finally freed him.

Con: Tomio is so passive he makes an unsatisfying protagonist. Avariel is so self-centered it's hard to understand what he sees in her, even though we hear about her only through his eyes. The story holds few real surprises; from the very start, we're sure Avariel will die in this descent.

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