Saturday, April 22, 2017

Message in a Bottle, by K.J. Parker

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(High Fantasy) The narrator seeks a plague cure a long-dead scholar may have left in a bottle. Or it might be a new kind of plague. But how to decide? (4,927 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Message in a Bottle," by (edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin), appeared in , published on by .

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Pro: The library where you can’t read the books is always amusing. The effort to find the cure is interesting. The narrator is a great character.

Best line: “What’s the weather like on your side?”

Con: The narrator is a wimp, and the ending is unsatisfying. Because of his one mistake, he runs and hides. I even see why he doesn’t trust the formula. But he said the book gave him an outline of the research required to produce a cure. Why not just do that?

There are no djinn in this story.

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