Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Courtship of Beasts, by Michael Anthony Ashley

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(Fantasy) On a quest seeking his form, Sham meets the woman of his dreams, and he pursues her, to her delight. (7,718 words; Time: 25m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆, Not Recommended

"," by , appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies issue 209, published on .

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Pro: Sham seeks his form, but finds his life-partner instead. Then he lets familial obligation separate him from his love, and they grow apart. Pushed by his mother, he leaves home to find her again.

Some of the names are cities in Iran, and the story has much of the form of an Arabian-Night's tale.

Con: The writing is very ornate and becomes tiresome. It is very hard to care about any of the characters, and Sham in particular seems to be led into things--he isn't trying to accomplish much of anything.

It is a very strange moral that you should abandon your duty and chase after a woman who rejected you.

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