Friday, February 10, 2017

The Old Dispensation, by Lavie Tidhar

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(Space Opera) Shemesh returns from his mission on planet Kadesh to face inquisition by the Exiliarch. What really happened when he met the heretic there? (6,642 words; Time: 22m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

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Pro: The story is filled with entertaining allusions to Jewish history and references to various languages. For example, his ship is the Vey Is Mir which is Yiddish for “Woe is me.”

Con: It’s crushingly dull. It reads like someone wrote down the events in a quest from a video game, complete with details about each fight.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. The periodic use of Catholic terminology also seemed to have no rhyme or reason. I felt the author was trying to make a point with that but couldn't figure out what (which could, of course, be my own fault).

  2. I feel I lack the religious knowledge to appreciate this one. And, um, what the heck is up with that illustration?