Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Rest Between Two Notes, by Cat Rambo

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(Cyber SF) The narrator kills her mother over and over in virtual reality as a form of therapy. It doesn't seem to be helping. (2,730 words; Time: 09m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Rest Between Two Notes," by (edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The narrator wants to get away from her mother, and she eventually realizes she can do it if she doesn't mind losing her inheritance. There's a bit of tension at the end when we wonder if she'll kill her mom in real life, but she only wanted to say her piece without interruption and then leave.

The bit when we learn that the mother kills her daughter in her own therapy sessions was hysterical--in a sick sort of way.

Con: Given the fact that the therapist knew that mother and daughter fantasized about killing each other, it's hard to believe there was zero security.

The stakes in the story are pretty low; a young woman decides to leave her abusive mother, and she does so with minimal difficulty.

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