Sunday, December 3, 2017

The House at the End of the Lane Is Dreaming, by A. Merc Rustad

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(SFF) Alex’s town is being attacked by aliens, and she needs to save it somehow. (6,794 words; Time: 22m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The House at the End of the Lane Is Dreaming," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 91, published on .

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Pro: It’s lots of fun watching Alex trying to solve the mystery—particularly once she gets into the e-mails between the game developers. At a superficial level, the plot is about her trying to save her sister, but it’s also about her trying to figure out what’s going on and finally to gain freedom.

It’s amusing when she complains about being unable to climb a hip-high fence or cross six inches of water--a dead giveaway that we're in a video game.

Con: The ending, where she knowingly kills pretty much everyone in our world and perhaps in multiple universes seems really out of character for her.

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