Friday, September 22, 2017

Mines, by Eleanor Arnason

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(Military SF) An ex-soldier on a colony planet who hunts for mines with a modified giant rat finds companionship in an injured soldier. (6,675 words; Time: 22m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"Mines," by (edited by Jonathan Strahan), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The story does a good job of speaking to the loneliness of an ex-soldier eager for someone she can relate to, even if that person has a lot of problems.

Con: There’s not really a story here; the protagonist simply relates things that happened, but she wasn’t really trying to accomplish anything.

Whiskers seems far too intelligent for a rat, however modified.

The infodumps are insufferable, and some of the dialogue is unnatural.

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