Monday, June 12, 2017

Pedestal, by Seanan McGuire

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(Superhero) When she’s not being a superhero, Alice hides in the suburbs to get away from super villains and her fans. (5,460 words; Time: 18m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Amusing and Touching

"Pedestal," by (edited by Tricia Reeks and Kyle Anderson), appeared in , published on by .

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Pro: Alice just wants a reasonably normal life when she’s not on duty, but it’s also clear that she takes her job very seriously, and she really does care about people. Her depression results from the feeling that the people she protects don’t really care about her.

So even though the blogger caused the alien attack on the supermarket, she rises to the occasion, summoning her weapon and her reflections, and she gives it all she’s got. But this time, the local people actually see her needs and they do respond. The supermarket manager drives off the blogger, arranges for food delivery to Alice’s place, and—most important of all—makes her feel appreciated.

Con: Alice is a little too whiny, and the blogger is a bit too much of a cardboard villain.

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