Monday, April 10, 2017

Aunt Dissy's Policy Dream Book, by Sheree Renée Thomas

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(Horror) Cassie uses the Sight to earn a living, but visions only come to her in dreams, and some dreams aren’t meant to be told. (7,700 words; Time: 25m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: SFRevu:4

"," by (edited by Maurice Broaddus), appeared in issue 95, published on .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: Cassie is an interesting character, and her gift is interesting in its own right. The dream of the two candles, one barely burning, to symbolize the birth of twins, one stillborn, is memorable.

Con: Her problems all seem to happen because she won’t tell that man his fortune properly. She sure seems to stick with that position for a long time, and it's not clear why it means so much to her to keep it from him. I wondered if she herself was supposed to be the woman in the fortune, but, if so, I never saw evidence of it in the story.

It’s a surprise he doesn’t come to complain, given that she's in his dreams too.

In the end, nothing has been resolved.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. The story has a such a strong voice and vivid imagery that listening to the podcast read by the author herself was lovely. However, like you, I don't know what to make of what happens or, rather, doesn't happen. I thought the unknown woman from the man's dream was Cassie too, but I don't get all the resistance.