Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Think Of Winter, by Eleanna Castroianni

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(High Fantasy) Since the Grey Men took his mother and the rest of the villagers away, Folu has hidden in the ruins of the cathedral. But winter is coming, and he doesn’t know how he’ll feed himself. (2,806 words; Time: 09m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 216, published on .

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Pro: Folu gets what he wants—to live by himself—and he’s better off for what he learned from Eric and from his gift of the knife.

We know nothing of Eric but the facts that he helps Folu when he doesn't have to, he admits to being a traitor, and he sacrifices himself to save the boy. We connect with him enough to feel sorry when he's gone.

Con: It’s hard to see what Eric saw in Folu. Why didn’t he run and leave the uncooperative boy behind? It’s a little surprising that Folu didn’t warm to Eric over time. We end up feeling sorry that Eric wasted his life to save him.

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3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. The child's point of view here was just too limited to give me any feeling for either character. And I didn't see any speculative element.

    1. The cards really do tell the future.

    2. Fair enough. To me the card reading had enough vagueness and coincidence that it didn't seem particularly magical.