Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ratspeak, by Sarah Porter cover image
(Urban Fantasy) Little Ivan wants nothing more than to learn the language of rats so he can talk to them, but the rats don't appreciate his interest in them. (4,032 words)

Rating: 2, Not Recommended, Incomplete

"Ratspeak," by (edited by Susan Chang), was published on  by .

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

Pro: I liked the idea of learning the language of the rats and finding that they didn't want to be listened to. Ivan's monomania is entertaining in its own way.

Con: The story just stops. There's no resolution to anything. It might as well say "and then I woke up."

Must of the dialogue is unnatural, especially the conversations between Zach and his mom. Ivan's reactions to things are often unreal to the point of popping you out of the story. For example, discovering he's embedded in the ruins of their house, he doesn't scream or struggle or anything.

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