Saturday, October 15, 2016

Blue is a Darkness Weakened by Light, by Sarah McCarry

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(Modern Fantasy) The young narrator is miserable in New York, and her only real friend is an old vampire who tries to mentor her. (4,084 words; Time: 13m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"," by (edited by Ellen Datlow), published on by .

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Pro: The real plot in this story is how the narrator comes out of her shell enough to actually interact with a real person for a change. Up until her tryst with the writer, her only human contacts have been her boss and her roommates.

We are meant to believe the vampire is real; he does interact directly with bar tenders and taxi drivers. But he's unreal enough that he never seems like a threat to anyone. When the narrator tells herself "he's got to eat someone," it just makes us laugh. (There's a good bit of humor in this piece.)

Con: It's a story about a young woman who's dreaming her life away. She's unhappy and lonely and she's not doing anything to change that. Nor does she really seem much happier at the end than at the start.

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