Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Birding: A Fairy Tale, by Natalia Theodoridou

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(Apocalypse) A plague has turned almost everyone in the world into birds, but Maria is determined to make her way home and find her husband. (8,640 words; Time: 28m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 12/18/17, published on .

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Pro: The story depicts the world of this bird apocalypse in beautiful detail. It’s ironic that Maria still loves birds very much, despite everything that’s happened. From a pro-bird perspective, things aren’t so bad.The birds seem to be content; only the people are still suffering. Maria’s father seems content to be a stork, as witnessed by his joining a flock. The only negative (from the pro-bird POV) is the couple that got eaten by their cat.

Con: From a human perspective, the story is as relentlessly depressing as a zombie apocalypse where everyone dies. There is no hope at all for humanity here.

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