Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The End of Hope Street, by Malcolm Devlin

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(Slipstream) When a house becomes unlivable, everyone inside dies, and no one can ever go in it again. On Hope Street, one by one, the houses are becoming unlivable. (13,233 words; Time: 44m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"The End of Hope Street," by , appeared in Interzone issue 266, published on by .

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Pro: The concept is interesting, and the account of how the neighbors keep adjusting to their shrinking circumstances is solid.

It feels a bit like an allegory for taking refugees from war-torn countries.

Con: There's no plot to it; no one is trying to do anything but survive, and ultimately only a few manage even that.

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