Saturday, October 21, 2017

Waterfalling, by Lavie Tidhar

★★★☆☆ Average

(Fantasy Adventure; Gorel of Goliris) Searching for his lost homeland, addicted to a drug excreted by gods, and suffering withdrawal, Gorel gets an invitation to an adventure—to kill a god. (10,803 words; Time: 36m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘RHorton.r+1 (Q&A)

Although this story does stand alone, readers interested in the series should probably start with the novel “Gorel and the Pot Bellied God.”

"Waterfalling," by (edited by Gardner Dozois), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2017.096 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The god does get killed, and Gorel gets his payment, even though he learns he was only the distraction.

The world is very rich and complex; it’s clear this is part of a larger universe of stories.

Con: The world is complex and confusing. It’s clear we should have read the other stories first to properly appreciate it.

Gorel doesn’t have a lot of agency in this story; he’s mostly being pushed around by other people, and he’s not even instrumental in the resolution of the plot.

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