Monday, October 9, 2017

And the Village Breathes, by Emily B. Cataneo

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(Fantasy Horror) Sleeping monsters keep turning up outside the village, and the villagers are making uncomfortable connections with Magda because she too hibernates for months at a time. (8,638 words; Time: 28m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 236, published on .

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Pro: Magda wants to minister to the monsters even before she learns they're other people--probably other sleepers like her. At the end, she has found a way to do so without anyone--including her--being aware of their existence.

Katry simply wants to protect her sister, and she finally finds a way to do it that involves Magda and yet keeps Magda from knowing about it.

Con: The townspeople know Magda, they like Magda, and yet the instantly reject her when the monsters turn up. Not a single one takes her part. That's really hard to believe unless they had some other reason not to like her.

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