Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gale Strang, by Michael Bishop

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(Modern Fantasy) An intelligent birdcage narrates the story of a young runaway, a lonely old lady, and a missing bird. (8,250 words; Time: 27m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Almost zero speculative content.

"Gale Strang," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 07-08|17, published on by .

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Pro: The story of how a young intersexed girl escapes her abusive father and finds people to love her is a sweet one, as is the story of how a lonely widow finds someone to take care of. Maggie the crow mends and returns to the world in parallel to the way Gale heals and goes off to college. It's a neat little story.

Con: The magical birdcage detracts from the story, but without it, the story isn’t SFF at all.

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