Sunday, November 1, 2015

Monsieur, by David Gerrold

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The narrator wants to write vampire stories. He meets someone who can tell him all about them, and he writes down his story, starting in 1870s Seattle. (13,960 words; Time: 46m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Monsieur," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 09-10|15, published on by .

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It describes his apprenticeship to the vampire, Monsieur, and concludes when he leaves for the university--still human. His devotion and obedience have earned him this much.

Con: It's an uncomplicated, linear story. Jacob makes no real mistakes--he's too obedient to his master for that. There's no real tension or excitement. Jacob's final comments to the narrator tell us what the real story is going to be about.

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