Monday, October 9, 2017

The Murders of Molly Southbourne, by Tade Thompson

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(Horror) Molly has an affliction: whenever she bleeds, the blood grows into duplicates of her. Duplicates who always want to kill her. (21,176 words; Time: 1h:10m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

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Pro: The story does an excellent job of tracking all the different problems Molly’s affliction causes her and all the practical solutions she comes up with. Her matter-of-fact approach to everything that happens makes it all seem more real.

Con: Up until she treats her parents’ deaths the same way. After that, she just seems like a psychopath.

There’s no actual plot here. Molly just tells us the story of her life, and she never has any big goals.

Lots of loose ends don’t quite add up. For example, before she was born, the whole world’s fertility rates had collapsed, so twenty years later, how is the university full of students? And what’s with that mysterious phone number on her arm?

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