Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Three-Tongued Mummy, by E. Catherine Tobler

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(Horror) Jackson partly revived an ancient mummy to use in his carnival. The undead thing has an agenda too, though. (7,400 words; Time: 24m)

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

"," by (edited by Jason Sizemore), appeared in issue 96, published on .

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Pro: The mummy is the protagonist, and it completes the plot when they succeed in dispatching both of their targets. As a bonus, it appears that they won their freedom by making Doyle replace them.

It’s amusing that the mummy effectively has a job, and they have to pursue their agenda when they're not working.

Con: We don’t care about either the mummy or any of their victims, and that makes for a very low-energy story.

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4 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. This was an odd one. Apparently, it's part of a series of loosely connected stories about Jackson's Circus.

    'They' is actually pretty appropriate for Kek. I was thrown by the one instance of 'himself.' I think 'themself' would have been better there.

    1. I don't think I'm ever going to get used to using "they" to refer to a known individual. I'm trying to make allowances for that (I don't cap such stories at 2 stars), but it's a struggle.

  2. Kek isn't really an "it." They are an Egyptian god/goddess.

    1. Thanks. I added it to the "fix this" list. I'll delete the comments at that point to avoid confusion.