Friday, November 10, 2017

Learning to See Dragons, by Sarah Monette

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(Horror) Annie’s grandmother is dying, and her parents are fighting, but she keeps imagining that she sees giant dragons under the mountains and wishes she could join them. (810 words; Time: 02m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Learning to See Dragons," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 19, published on .

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Pro: The outcome isn’t what we expected: we thought of her becoming a dragon or being rescued by dragons, but not turning into a sandstone statue of herself—even though the “turn to stone” motif is everywhere. Incredibly, this short little piece actually does have a plot: Annie wanted to escape, and she actually does.

Con: At this length, there’s no character development, so it’s hard to have strong feelings for any of the characters—Annie included.

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