Monday, January 30, 2017

Weavers in the Cellar, by Mel Kassel

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(Fantasy) The spiders work for the ant queen, spinning beautiful gowns for her, but they still remember tales of when they were free. (1,590 words; Time: 05m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Weavers in the Cellar," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 268, published on by .

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Pro: The plot of this story is limited to the narrator's acquiring a greater understanding of her situation. The concluding line, "When it was their time, they flew to us" is chilling.

Con: Other than Snip's death, there's no real action, and the narrator takes no part in the little there is. The story feels like an allegory of some kind, but it's not obvious what it's supposed to mean.

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