Monday, October 10, 2016

The City Born Great, by N.K. Jemisin

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(Modern Fantasy) A young hustler discovers that he's supposed to play a big role in transforming New York from a city to a City. If he can survive it. (6,286 words; Time: 20m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"," by (edited by Liz Gorinsky), published on by .

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Pro: The narrator really does want to do something creative. He sings, he draws, and he despairs, because he knows he has no future. Paulo saves him, and he brings New York to life and defeats a monster with it.

Con: It's hard to consistently suspend disbelief for this one. Swinging bridges and neighborhoods into action against a Cthulhu-like creature is hard to credit.

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