Saturday, December 31, 2016

In the Desert Like a Bone, by Seanan McGuire

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(Historical Fantasy) Coyote and the red fox girl ride across the western desert looking for a man and a score to settle. (5,045 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"In the Desert Like a Bone," by (edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The plot is simple and complete: they find their quarry, she deals with him for good, and they ride on. He’s sufficiently evil (having abused her physically and sexually) that there’s no problem that she kills him.

This story is a twist on Little Red Riding Hood.

Con: He’s a 100% cardboard villain, and there’s never any doubt that she can kill him, so the story has zero tension.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I agree with the rating.

    It read more like magic realism, rather than fantasy.

    1. You're probably right about that. I should use the Magical Realism label more often.