Monday, October 9, 2017

Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turns the World Round Midnight, by Sheree Renée Thomas

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(Horror) Wilder’s girlfriend wants him to meet her mother. In the middle of the night, in the wetlands near the Mississippi river. (6,724 words; Time: 22m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

This is a reprint of a 2016 story, so it's not Hugo-Eligible

"Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turns the World Round Midnight," by (edited by Jason Sizemore), appeared in issue 101, published on .

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Pro: The vivid descriptions are probably the best part of the story, and the bits of backstory foreshadow the revelation that Thistle isn’t human.

Con: It’s obvious from the beginning that Thistle isn’t human and that she’s bringing Wilder to his death. Instead of suspense, the story takes so long to get anywhere that the ending comes as a relief.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Story originally appeared in the author's collection Sleeping Under the Tree of Life copyright 2016. So this is a reprint of a reprint!