Friday, October 21, 2016

Zanzara Island, by Rachel Armstrong

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(Near-Future SF) Gabriella is a strange child, 13, but still talking to imaginary friends, asking strange questions, and is fascinated by Venice's big island of plastic garbage. (3,557 words; Time: 11m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆, Not Recommended

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

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Pro: The descriptions of Venice are evocative. The boat collision generates lots of tension.

Con: There's no real plot; things just happen. And the apparent evolution of the garbage island into an intelligent creature is unexpected and seems random.

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