Monday, November 23, 2015

For Sale: Fantasy Coffin (Ababuo Need Not Apply), by Chesya Burke

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In this fantasy story, eleven-year-old Ababuo lives in modern-day Ghana. She's a "safe-journey" child, which means she has a magical power but also bears a curse. (4,300 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average
Recommended By: SFRevu:4

"For Sale: Fantasy Coffin (Ababuo Need Not Apply)," by (edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell), appeared in Stories for Chip (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The story does a nice job of gradually revealing the power that Ababuo has. It does a great job of showing us just what a good person she is, and what a sacrifice she makes at the end.

Con: We're a bit confused as to what happened to the souls of the people Ababuo freed and what happened to her own soul. Did she cease to exist? Or is she hanging around waiting for the next Nantew yiye child to rescue?

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