Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Liberty Bird, by Jaine Fenn

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(SF Sports) Before he has to accept adult responsibilities, Kheo wants to win the Flamestar Challenge race one more time. (5,894 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"Liberty Bird," by (edited by Ian Whates), appeared in Now We Are Ten (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: Kheo isn't really there to win the Flamestar Challenge; he's trying to prove something to himself. When he loses, he faces up to what he really is, and determines to be brave enough to live.

Con: As a gay person who grew up in the South in the 1960s and 70s, I have a really good idea of what it's like to live under that sort of oppression, but somehow in the story consistently failed to ring true for me. Kheo's dialogue with Sovat on the topic always sounded unnatural to me. Also, I'd expect Kheo to be fiercely jealous of Greal, but he doesn't give him a second thought.

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