Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Even the Crumbs Were Delicious, by Daryl Gregory

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(Drug SF) In the middle of preparations for Tindal’s roommate’s funeral, two teenagers show up and start eating the psychotropic drugs off the wall. (6,331 words; Time: 21m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: JStrahan

"Even the Crumbs Were Delicious," by (edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: In this variation on the Hansel and Gretel story, the “wicked witch” is the victim. The parents, barely seen until the end, are the real, unredeemable villains.

The real fun of the piece is the crazy decisions Tindal makes and his equally crazy rationalizations for them.

The mention of the drug “Zen” a cute reference to the author’s excellent 2005 novelette Second Person, Present Tense.

Con: The story is very silly, and even by the end, Tindal hasn’t really solved any of his problems.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. I agree with the rating.

    I barely recognised this as based on Hansel and Gretal.

    The interpretation of what modern-day "crumbs" is, was very clever.