Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Life and Times of Angel Evans, by Meredith Debonnaire

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(Portal Fantasy) Consumed with guilt for being the sole survivor from her home dimension collapsed, Angel scrapes by in our world, living with a ghost, working as a janitor and doing limited magic on the sly. (9,864 words; Time: 32m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"," by (edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James), appeared in issue 09/13/16, published on .

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Pro: This is the story of how Angel learned to forgive herself for the destruction of her world and began to heal.

Anyone who’s ever suffered a terrible loss will identify with Angel’s pleasure the first time she thought about her loss without pain. That sign of healing makes it credible that she was willing to listen to Lillian and Garth.

There’s a lot of absurdist humor in the story, with incongruous statements like “They had floated up in a convoy of featherboats, which were similarly built to dragonboats but significantly cheaper and more likely to explode.”

Con: Angel is a selfish monster, and it's very hard to be sympathetic.

It goes on for way too long. The background information about the world she came from is way, way too much, and the discursions on gender get to be boring, since they have no bearing on the story.

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