Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A Song for No Man’s Land, by Andy Remic

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(World War I Horror; No Man's Land) At the Somme, Robert faces death every day, but something worse than the Germans is hunting him too. (33,500 words; Time: 1h:51m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

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Pro: Vivid, gripping battlefield scenes make this story come to life, as well as equally vivid descriptions of the Gwygyr Forest, where Robert played as a child. The author does an excellent job of rendering the mutually supportive relationship between Robert and Charlie, as well as Robert's deep concern for George Webb.

Con: There simply isn't a plot here. Stuff just happens, and then the story just stops. Supposedly this is the first of four connected stories. If so, this one doesn't stand on its own at all.

A separate problem is that the real horror of World War I overwhelms the imaginary horror of the walriders. The fantasy elements come across as superfluous and even annoying.

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