Monday, December 12, 2016

The Beauty of Our Weapons, by Gavin Smith

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(Military SF) Across millennia, Cain serves in army after army, cursed to kill and kill again. (10,524 words; Time: 35m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Beauty of Our Weapons," by (edited by Ian Whates), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The descriptions of the individual battles from Cain's perspective are spectacular. Cain is always on the losing side, but it hardly matters. He has a strange nobility to him, and he really gives his all for his comrades, as long as he doesn't get disgusted enough to quit.

The deeper message about progress is thought-provoking.

Con: There's no story and no closure. He doesn't free himself of the curse. He doesn't decide killing is bad; he doesn't take over the world. Nothing changes about Cain himself.

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