Friday, September 8, 2017

Riddle, by Lisa Mason

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(Horror) On his way home, Edwin meets an exotic woman who’s part lion and loves asking riddles. (4,981 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

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

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Pro: Edwin wants girls; he gets them, although not in the way he originally wanted. He wants to be famous; he’ll surely get that too. He gets a sort of reward for consistently answering all the riddles of his sphinx. Ironically, he banishes the sphinx by asking her a riddle of his own—a riddle he poses without realizing it.

And it's fitting that love is what banishes the monster.

Con: Edwin isn’t really trying to accomplish anything. He’s just drifting along, then he’s possessed by the sphinx. Even his banishing her is an accident.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Yeah, never a good idea for the ex and the new girlfriend to end up alone together.