Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Jinn Hunter’s Apprentice, by E.J. Swift

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(Future Fantasy) The Ganymede mission is stuck in Mars orbit until a jinn hunter can come and exorcize the jinn that are haunting it. (5,059 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Jinn Hunter’s Apprentice," by (edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin), appeared in , published on by .

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Pro: The story does a nice job of gradually introducing us to the idea that the ship is haunted by very malevolent spirits. Up to the last moment, we’re not sure Fahima is up to the task.

Con: The ending sours the story. Fahima turns out to be some sort of Jinn goddess who sneaks in ahead of the real jinn hunter. The story gives us no reason to expect that, and lots of reasons to think she’s a normal person.

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