Saturday, October 21, 2017

When I Was a Highwayman, by Ellen Kushner

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(Fantasy Adventure; Riverside) In which we hear of the early days of young Richard St. Vier in Riverside and how he learned he wasn’t cut out to be a highwayman. (8,362 words; Time: 27m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

This is a prequel to Swordspoint and will mostly be of interest to those who have already read that novel.

"When I Was a Highwayman," by (edited by Gardner Dozois), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The story develops the setting and the characters of Richard and Jess without a single infodump.

The fight scenes add plenty of tension, even though we know he survives into the novel.

Con: The plot is very thin: Richard tries his hand at highway robbery and decides it’s not for him. Other than that, he and Jess aren’t trying to do anything other than get by from day to day.

It’s a little odd that even in Riverside there’s no penalty for murdering a woman.

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