Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Girl Who Stole Herself, by R. Garcia y Robertson

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(SF Adventure Humor; The Family) In 3V, Amanda is a proud space princess, but in the real world she’s a 17-year-old high school dropout who lives with her mom. Slavers are after her, and some parts of the 3V world are more real than they ought to be. (24,545 words; Time: 1h:21m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention
Recommended By: SFRevu+1 GDozois+1 RHorton+1

Add a star if a fun ride matters more than the ending.

"The Girl Who Stole Herself," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 07-08|17, published on by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: You roll in the floor laughing as this story takes your suspension of disbelief on the ride of its life.

Particularly cool moments include the scene where the “Exit” opens into outer space, and we realize she’s not on Earth, or the one where Amanda has to decide whether she wants to enlist as a guard or a prisoner, or where she thinks“good thing she was in command, or should would have been completely useless.”

Con: The ending falls flat. It’s much too serious for the story up to that point.

There are a number of writing problems, mostly editorializing.

There are also a number of dumb scientific errors. For example, Phobos is the inner moon of Mars, not the outer one.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. World-building and fast pace overwhelm story and character. There was also some jarring contrast between fun and light versus serious and disturbing.

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    1. Yeah, it definitely had its problems, but it had me in stitches much of the time. With my latest rating system I have called it "mixed" not "honorable mention," which means there was some great stuff that would make it four stars but also some bad stuff that would make it two stars. So I end up with three, but it's not "average" in any way shape or form.

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