Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Pathfinder, by T.C. McCarthy

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(Military Fantasy) In a Korean War fought with spells as well as bombs, Hae Jung works in a hospital camp where she uses her secret ability to guide the dying to Heaven. (5,900 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"Pathfinder," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in Operation Arcana (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: She has a very subtle ability--not something superpowerful--and yet she manages to destroy the creature and save her friend too. Moving and satisfying.

Unusual to see a North Korean as the hero of a story.

Con: We had no reason to expect light to affect the creature until it happens. Other than that, the story plays out in linear fashion without surprises.

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