Tuesday, October 24, 2017

How Val Finally Escaped from the Basement, by Scott Edelman

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(First Contact) Val is kidnapped and imprisoned by a man who lost his father and blames Val because Val’s uncle messed up our first meeting with aliens. (9,651 words; Time: 32m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

"How Val Finally Escaped from the Basement," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 11-12|17, published on by .

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Pro: The basic concept is a good one. Everyone blames the uncle for delaying all these great cures until they learn that the aliens had come to kill everyone but the uncle changed their minds.

Con: The writing is awful. The dialogue is especially bad (including some as-you-know-Bob bits), but the narration is intrusive as well.

Beyond that, the idea that everyone would blame the nephew is ludicrous, and this poisons the story from end to end.

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