Saturday, November 14, 2015

Wearing the Hat, by Mike Reeves-McMillan

The Sockdolager, Spring 2015; 4,104 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

Fun fantasy tale in which Rose, a middle-aged general store owner, agrees to be "warden and postmaster" for the new government--even though other locals aren't reconciled to having lost the war.

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

Pro: Rose is a great character. Practical, efficient, cantankerous. The story is pretty much about how she came to accept her new role, and ends with her firmly ensconced in it.

Con: Although it's a fun read, it's a simple, linear story. We never have real doubts how it'll all come out. There seems to be a great deal of unused background material here, as though the author meant to write a novel in this world.

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