Thursday, March 31, 2016

Woman in the Reeds, by Esther M. Friesner

(Mythological Fantasy) In biblical Egypt, a Hebrew woman driven mad by the loss of her son finds a baby in the bulrushes. (5,648 words)

Rating: 3, Average

"Woman in the Reeds," by appeared in the April/May 2016 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction, published March 24, 2016, by .

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

Pro: The narrator seeks to restore her son, but really needs to restore her sanity. That she accomplishes, as well as saving the infant Moses from Set, who recognizes that his own doom beckons.

Con: There really isn't a lot to this story. The narrator only succeeds through divine intervention, and her only contribution to the story is to pass the baby to the princess downstream.

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