Monday, June 12, 2017

The Beard of Truth, by Matt Mikalatos

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(Superhero Humor) The narrator just developed a new superpower that forces people to tell him the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. (3,181 words; Time: 10m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Light, Funny, Satisfying

"The Beard of Truth," by (edited by Tricia Reeks and Kyle Anderson), appeared in , published on by .

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Pro: It’s very, very funny. Every scene with Special Agent Sam Travis is hysterical. “I’m going to go ahead and round your IQ down, I think you may have exaggerated it.”

Beyond the humor, we learn that he really does care for Lindsey, and that she really cares for him. More important, we care for both of them, so when the precognitive at the end assures him “You and Lindsey are going to be all right,” it’s a big lift.

Con: It’s a very simple story, and it’s rather silly.

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