Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Glass Galago, by A.M. Dellamonica

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(Fantasy; Stormwrack) Captain Gale Feliachild and her handsome first mate, Garland Parrish, must find the inscription for a spell that turns people's skins into glass. Entertaining. (6,880 words; Time: 22m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: GDozois:4 RHorton:4

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Pro: It's a nice little detective story. Gale's strategy works well to find the guilty party, and Parrish gets to save the day with a feat of heroism.

Con: It's rather confusing to start with, probably because the author depended too much on readers having already read other stories in the series. It's a little unclear what Parrish looks like, inasmuch as one scene describes him as having dark skin while another describes him blushing.

And although it's very entertaining, it's a simple, linear, tale.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I agree that it's a pretty good, but not great, story. The world building and magic system make me interested in checking out the series.

    I also wondered about Parrish having a visible blush. :)

  2. This is another one that probably would have been a four-star story under the new guidelines. The "sophistication" requirement still applies to 5-star stories, but 4-star stories just need to be memorable or entertaining. Any story that's genuinely a fun read should have the honor of being recommended.