Sunday, January 15, 2017

Wetherfell's Reef Runics, by Marc Laidlaw

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(Mystery) Ambrose runs a bookstore on a remote Hawaiian island. He gets tangled up in the mystery of a visitor who chained himself underwater and drowned. (7,800 words; Time: 26m)

Rating: Not Rated Insufficient speculative content

"Wetherfell's Reef Runics," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 01-02|17, published on by .

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Pro: Pretty good mystery story. Nice setting. Creepy resolution.

Con: There’s not a shred of speculative content up until Wetherfell’s corpse (or transformed body) comes to steal the book he had been reading. This is really a mainstream mystery with a spooky ending.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Hmm, that's enough to make it SFF for me. The nodes really worked.

    1. Yes, but not enough to make me review it. :-)

      Still, I usually do review things that have at least a scrap of speculation, and I don't remember why I rejected this one. I'll give it another look when I have time.