Friday, February 10, 2017

The Last Dinosaur Rider of Benessa County, by Jeremy Sim

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(Historical Slipstream) Twenty years ago, Jonas rode a Pleesaur back when the frontier was wild. Now he just wants enough money to go home. (5,716 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 219, published on .

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Pro: Over the course of the story, Jonas becomes a real person to us. Whatever crimes he committed, we believe his repentance is real, and we're eager for him to succeed.

And while he doesn't go "home," he always knew that was an illusion. From the very last sentence, we're pretty sure that he and Miss Carla will make a home together, and that's all that really matters.

Con: This is a standard Western converted to fantasy. Change the pleesaur to a horse, change the ocean to the prairie, turn the vents into a gold or silver mine, etc. and it would be indistinguishable from a Western. The only element that's really fantasy is when Essie kills Jimmy DeRoi. (The cowboy's horse wouldn't have done that.)

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Yeah, Western dino world was just a little too far fetched for me.