Friday, January 20, 2017

Requiem for the Unchained, by C.A. Hawksmoor

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(Steampunk/Horror) The narrator flies a lantern ship, a balloon with a special light that keeps away the ghosts that gather during storms. Out of money, she’s desperate enough to take a dangerous contract from a man she hates. (6,554 words; Time: 21m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 217, published on .

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

Pro: Narration and dialogue are both good. We learn all about the ships and the storms without a single infodump. We don’t learn all the details of the conflict between the narrator and Émile, but we learn what we need to know.

When the Wayward Star’s lanterns go out, and the narrator figures out that this is an insurance scam, all the pieces click.

Con: We’re led to believe that there wasn’t a lot of love between the narrator and her wife, so when Christie’s ghost saves her, there’s not a big emotional payoff.

I had trouble suspending belief for the concept of airships that brave storms filled with ghosts who can be warded off with special lanterns.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. My impression was that the narrator and her wife had love but conflicting personalities. Otherwise, I don't think she would have hated Émile this much.

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