Friday, July 14, 2017

Owl vs. The Neighborhood Watch, by Darcie Little Badger

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(Modern Fantasy) Nina knows that owls appear to warn us of impending catastrophe, but what does it mean when one of them keeps harassing you? (3,429 words; Time: 11m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 07/10/17, published on .

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Pro:  The writing is fine, and the plot is clean: Nina spends years preparing for the disaster that owl portends. In the end, when she saves Abby from the lightning strike, she succeeds.

Con: The story contains a lot of material it doesn’t use. Nina’s depression never figures into it; if anything, Nina comes across as manic. The long list of neighbors doesn’t figure into the story. The soil sample testing never amounts to anything. etc.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Cute and fun -- liked the various neighbor reactions to her sudden safety campaign.