Monday, September 25, 2017

Grassland, by T.S. McAdams

Riverhome by Veli Nystrom
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(Alternate History Fantasy) In an Old West where people still worship pagan gods, Marcus plans to sneak away from his cattle drive to find the lost statue of Mithras his family once worshiped. (8,298 words; Time: 27m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 235, published on .

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Pro: There’s quite a complex storyline here! Piecing the clues together, we see that Marcus is 29 and the year is 1878. Ajax was killed 5 years previously, when Marcus was 24. Ajax was only 17 when he ran away with 11-year-old Marcus in 1860.

The Old West setting with people worshiping pagan gods is interesting, and some of the scenes (e.g. fighting the vampire) are loaded with tension.

Con: Once Marcus finds the idol of Mithras, the story fizzles. The big conflict with Silas and the others appears to be for no reason other than pure meanness on their part, and the way Breed sacrifices himself to blow them away doesn’t seem due to anything Marcus did nor does it further any goal Marcus might have other than staying alive.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Interesting world building, but the story itself was a bit rambling.