Sunday, December 27, 2015

In The Valley Of The Shadow Of The Promised Land, by Robin Wasserman

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(SF) After the skyfall, Isaac lead "The Children" to a place of safety, and later created a theocracy. But now he's dying, and he struggles to preserve his legacy. (7,900 words; Time: 26m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"In The Valley Of The Shadow Of The Promised Land," by (edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey), appeared in The End Has Come (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Isaac's theocracy isn't the irrational monstrosity you might expect; even though it tries to keep people ignorant, it's clear they get something out of it too; there are no cardboard villains here.

Con: We don't really get any warning that Joseph and Thomas have already worked out the succession and that they're not what Isaac thought them to be. Isaac ends up a rather disappointing protagonist.

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