Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Graphology of Hemorrhage, by Yoon Ha Lee

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(Military Fantasy) As one of the Empire's masters of graphological magic, Kodai has assisted in many victories, but winning today will require she give up her life--and more. (4,600 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average
Recommended By: RHorton:5 LTilton

"The Graphology of Hemorrhage," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in Operation Arcana (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The writing is excellent and the story reaches its horrifying conclusion without Kodai finding any way out of it. The story is stronger for that.

Con: The Empire seem to be the bad guys, and Kodai is one of the worst. She commits genocide here, as she has done before. We can sympathize with Nawong, because we know he loved her, but it's very hard to feel anything for her nor to mourn her loss.

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