Monday, November 27, 2017

Woe and Other Remedies, by Michael Anthony Ashley

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(High Fantasy Horror) The empire’s immortal nobles are hopelessly jaded, and Dejanira’s parties bring them excitement through the threat of death. (7,123 words; Time: 23m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 239, published on .

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Pro: Gama III realizes that leaving the court and leading a life of uncertainty is the only way to escape the ennui that haunts all the nobles. He sets out alone.

Con: It’s hard to believe that Dejanira was the only one who could create risky games for the nobles. Sword fights would seem to accomplish the same thing.

The names are long and silly (probably on purpose) but the joke gets old after a while.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. The exaggeration of the nobles' jaded decadence went too far for me.