Thursday, January 12, 2017

Seven Salt Tears, by Kat Howard

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(Fantasy) As a girl, Mara learned that you need to cry seven tears into the sea to summon a selkie. She’s always felt more a sea creature than a land creature anyway. (2,455 words; Time: 08m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 80, published on .

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Pro: Elements of the story are interesting, such as her mom keeping the hurricane away.

Con: There’s no coherence to it. Just a bunch of disconnected scenes with no goal and no outcome. It's all set up and no delivery.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. The way I interpreted it was that her mother was a mermaid, and she was only able to remain human until her half-human daughter grew up. Very fairytale-like and poetic.

  2. This story features excellent writing, but little plot. I wasn't sure where it was heading, and I didn't care for most of the story, but it earns an extra star for an unexpectedly poignant ending.