Monday, November 27, 2017

After the Titans, by Rachael Cupp

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(Greek Mythology Fantasy) Little Flute loves her brother, Beetle, and she loves Vine the mad shepherd. A new god is rising, causing changes that threaten all three of them. (6,251 words; Time: 20m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"After the Titans," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 273, published on by .

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Pro: The essential plot is that Little Fruit wants to heal her brother of injuries she blames herself for.

She's forced to choose between her brother and her lover, and (horrifically) she chooses her brother. Her sacrifice actually does work, and she bears Vine’s child as a bittersweet consolation.

Con: There’s probably a lot of more nuanced symbolism here (e.g. “Vine” sounds like he might be Bacchus or Dionysus), but I’m not quite seeing it. Suggestions in the comments would be welcome.

The story takes a long time getting going.

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