Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Three Nights of the Half-Gent, by Mário de Seabra Coelho

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(Horror) In life, he loved her from a distance, and in death he still hesitates to look right at her, even though she can’t leave the theatre. Is a half-man’s love stronger than death? (2,490 words; Time: 08m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Niall Harrison), appeared in issue 12/19/16, published on .

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Pro: Half-Gent wants to be with Vallerina, but as he’s only half-alive now and was really only half-a-person when he was alive, it’s not to be. By choosing to spend “third night” with her, he gets to go back and have another chance, and this time, he approaches her as a whole person.

Obviously the story is much more symbolic than literal. E.g. perhaps his regret at not having tried hard enough with Vallerina haunts him for the rest of his life, as if he were a zombie.

Con: It doesn’t really seem like he deserved a second chance nor that he earned one.
Symbolic or not, the story is rather confusing. Something happened to the world, but what was it? Why is Second Night so terrible? And why is everyone afraid of Third Night, when it seems to be a blessing?

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