Friday, May 27, 2016

They Said the Desert, by A.T. Greenblatt

(Fantasy) To support herself, Jade makes the dangerous desert crossings that enable trade between the towns. Ghosts that haunt the desert seem to be after her this trip, as if the desert knew her secret. (5,031 words)

Rating: 3, Unremarkable

"," by appeared in the issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies (Issue 199).

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

Pro: Jade is a woman on a mission, and she completes it, despite everything the desert throws at her. It's very touching at the end to think that Dominic managed to help her, just a little bit, implying that he approved and will be waiting for her when the time comes.

Con: The goal of making the towns self-sufficient and then cutting off contact doesn't seem terribly desirable. One wonders why no one ever found a way to go around the desert--or why there are just two towns in the whole world.

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