Monday, June 12, 2017

Torch Songs, by Keith Rosson

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(Superhero) Hideous from chemical burns, a once-beautiful supervillain spends her days on display in a carnival. (5,230 words; Time: 17m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

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

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Pro: We feel sorry for Simone, even as we learn more and more reasons why she doesn’t deserve our sympathy. Her developing friendship with Tina—culminating with her defense of Tina against the local boys—makes her very human. In the final scene with Dan and “Sergeant Liberty,” we suspect—although we’re not completely sure—that she’ll set him free.

Con: The superhero element is incidental. She could have been any sort of criminal who was maimed during capture.

There’s no plot here. Little or nothing happens in the story at Simone’s instigation, largely because she has no goal she’s trying to achieve.

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