Friday, November 10, 2017

Sorrow and Joy, Sunshine and Rain, by Troy L. Wiggins

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(Modern Mythic Fantasy) A new god arises in response to the pleas of an oppressed people. Unfortunately it’s not exactly the god they were asking for. (5,608 words; Time: 18m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Sorrow and Joy, Sunshine and Rain," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 19, published on .

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Pro: This takes the idea that humans create gods based on our wants and needs and posits a god created to oppose slavery who got distracted and ended up consuming other gods until brought to heel. It started off wanted to help, though, and still has that desire at the end. Having learned something, it waits to be reborn.

I think there’s a rich set of metaphors here for various aspects of the black experience, but I can’t really identify most of them. For example, I’m pretty sure Greyhoard is Jesus Christ. I'd be interested to see any others that people can find.

Con: It’s a bit confusing, and it’s not clear what the final message is supposed to be.

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