Monday, March 28, 2016

Not Recommended for Guests of a Philosophically Uncertain Disposition, by Michelle Ann King

(Magical Realism) Just outside Las Vegas, The Fracture is a place where reality itself seems to be broken. Damita manages the visitor center and gift shop. (~2,586 words)

Rating: 2, Not Recommended

"Not Recommended for Guests of a Philosophically Uncertain Disposition," by appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of Interzone Magazine (Issue 263), published by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: It's amusing the way Damita and Jem react to the various surreal problems the visitor center has. The fancy food from staff no one ever sees, the decor that changes mysteriously, even the flipped coin (her own coin) that changes in the air into a different coin. Damita is just mildly disturbed by it all. Not a whole lot. Just a bit. Jem takes absolutely everything in stride. The combination of the two is pretty funny.

Con: There's no plot, no actual story. No one is trying to accomplish anything, and nothing gets accomplished. The wedding party visitors include all the setup for a story, but then nothing happens.

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