Saturday, July 1, 2017

Rivers Run Free, by Charles Payseur

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(High Fantasy) Four river spirits flee across the desert to escape the people who dammed them and find their way to the sea. (4,986 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 230, published on .

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Pro: The plot is simple but effective: they accomplish another stage in their journey.

Con: The whole situation seems hopeless. The rivers seem reduced to puddles. When they disable the well, they save one of their own, but condemn the town to die.

The story is presumably a metaphor for something, but I can only guess what that might be.

Why does a shot from a bullet hurt a river?

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. It's about two peoples harmed by this empire fighting each other instead of working together.

    When the narrator dissolves into the others at the end, it seems to revive them enough to make it.

    Why wouldn't a bullet hurt a river in humanoid form? They can only leak so much water before they can no longer remain solid. Plus, the rifle was Lutean, and their Dowsers also have manacles which can bind rivers.