Friday, September 8, 2017

Leash on a Man, by Robert Reed

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(SF) Porous enjoys being a prison guard up until a new prisoner arrives who stirs things up. (11,908 words; Time: 39m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Leash on a Man," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 09-10|17, published on by .

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Pro: Porous not only gets to stay at the prison, he gets to run it. He wants to save people, not kill them, and so he defeats the warden’s plan to have Constance killed.

Con: Constance’s transformation from a frightening god in exile to a frightened girl afraid of a deer is difficult to believe. If she’s lost that much, one wonder why anyone wants to kill her.

But even allowing how much she’s lost, it makes no sense for Porous to make her a guard.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. I found the world-building generally hard to believe. And I felt like we were missing some pieces to the puzzle of Porous and Constance. Or at least I missed them.

    I could see a small woman who's probably never seen an animal before thinking a buck with a full rack of antlers was a monster.