Saturday, July 8, 2017

I Built This City For You, by Cassandra Khaw

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(Magical Realism) Anisa wants to win Sara back, so she turns herself into a city for her. (2,944 words; Time: 09m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"I Built This City For You," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 17, published on .

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Pro: Anisa succeeds in become a city, but she fails to win Sara that way because she never really understood Sara (or, perhaps, never wanted to understand). She fails, and we see that she doesn’t deserve to succeed.

Con: Even for magical realism, this is hard to believe. Anisa knows she’ll be a city and can’t change back. It defies belief that she’d think that would be satisfying.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. I don't think she realizes she'll actually *be* the city. She knows it will cost her "everything," but she doesn't really think that through. She's furious and sure the Company lied to her when she wakes up.