Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lazy Dog Out, by Suzanne Palmer

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(SF) Khifi makes a good living as a pilot, but she used to be a homeless kid on the Tanduou docks. So she cares when she gets hints that something bad is happening--something involving kids, aliens, and more. (21,486 words; Time: 1h:11m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: SFRevu:4 GDozois:4 RHorton:5 Readers

"," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 04-05|16, published on by .

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Pro: There are multiple plot lines, but the main one is Fox's attempt to find out what's happening to hurt her kids.

The story has a good setting, lots of tension, and likable characters. Narration and dialogue are both well done, and there are no obtrusive info dumps.

Con: The ending is too pat. All of the good guys get saved, it seems. But the absolute worst moment in the story is when Quizzie shoots Balcko in cold blood--an outcome so unbelievable it almost spoiled the story completely. The whole conclusion (from when Fox flees the station) feels very rushed.

A minor detail is that there are way too many characters; it's hard to keep track of them, and most of them don't matter to the story anyway.

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