Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Drowned, by Lavie Tidhar

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(Post Apocalypse) Little Mai listens as her father tells the tale of Flora and Deuteronomy, who founded their settlement when the old world was ending. (6,100 words; Time: 20m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Drowned," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The core of the story is essentially a mystery, and it concludes when the mystery is solved.

The story has very much the feel of a real story that has been twisted by retelling over the years. The characters of the different listeners are amusing and well-described.

Con: Most of the content here is loose ends. We never learn what happened with Cassandra's nanotech, for example. The surrounding content (including the story about the airplane) don't really add much. And even for the main story itself, there aren't many clues to help the reader reach the same conclusion, which is bad for a mystery.

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