Thursday, March 3, 2016

Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest, by Cat Rambo

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(Science Fantasy) Cathay, a Chaos Mage in the city of Serendib, thrives on randomness. And how better to make the world more random than gambling? (4,000 words; Time: 13m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 194, published on .

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Pro: The world is very well developed, and the descriptions are beautiful. In fact, all of the prose is very beautiful without being overdone for the setting.

Con: It's unclear what the story is about, and it's unclear what happened at the end. Cathay isn't gambling for some purpose--she's doing it because it's her nature. Whatever risk Cathay sees in Mariposa, she has evaded it by luck (appropriately enough), but that makes for an unsatisfying story.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. I thought the writing and the setting were wonderful, but I'm not sure what to make of Mariposa growing from a seed that Cathay planted.