Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Werewolves of Maplewood, by James Morrow

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(Slipstream) To fight the tyranny of his small town’s olfactory-information processor, Mr. Winkleberg resorts to the lycanthropy he dabbled in as a youth. (5,550 words; Time: 18m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Werewolves of Maplewood," by (edited by David Brin and Stephen W. Potts), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The very formal language coupled with werewolves and the “Nosetradamus-2XL” produces a consistently funny tale. The dialogue is both natural and amusing. And in the end, the bad guys get what they’ve got coming.

Silly as the idea of tyranny-by-smell sounds, it has a simple message: information gathering is tyranny when only a few have it, but liberating when everyone has it.

Con: It’s daft, but it’s not laugh-out-loud funny. The story pretty much jumps the shark when the olfactory machine turns out to be a werewolf god.

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