Friday, January 13, 2017

Next Station, Shibuya, by Iori Kusano

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(Modern Fantasy) Nagiko lives in Tokyo and loves to explore her city. Her city loves her too and has plans for her. (3,700 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Add one star if you speak some Japanese and ever spent much time in Tokyo.
"," by (edited by Jason Sizemore), appeared in issue 92, published on .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: Each neighborhood in Tokyo has its own local god, but in this story, a nameless god who looks after the city as whole takes Nagiko into its service. It has chosen well—she’s ideally suited, and, to a great degree, it’s what she’s already been doing.

The descriptions of the different parts of the city are evocative to anyone who ever spent time there.

Con: Almost nothing happens in this story. The long descriptions may be dull to anyone unfamiliar with Tokyo.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Very pretty -- but, as you said, not a lot going on here.

    (First 2017 story read, now that Hugo nominations are done!)