Monday, January 11, 2016

The Godbeard, by Lavie Tidhar

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(Fantasy) Iyob mourns the loss of his wife and daughter, and he decides to ride a balloon to heaven and demand an explanation from God. (3,813 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"," by , appeared in Strange Horizons issue 01/11/16, published on .

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Pro: The story starts with Iyob (Job) wanting his daughter back and ends with him and her walking hand-in hand. Eliphaz and Elihu are also characters from the Bible story, but, of course, that story doesn't go like this one. The slipstream elements (e.g. telescopes) are amusing.

Con: But what does it all mean? The story is filled with curious images (e.g. the lizard-like seraph) which seem to contribute nothing to the story but color. And why is God a little girl at the end?

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Certainly an interesting concept, but somewhat unsatisfying in the end.