Saturday, January 13, 2018

Asylum of Cuckoos, by Lila Bowen

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(Alternate History Fantasy Adventure) In a wild West with magic, Rhett and his crew of rangers run into trouble in a town where the local sheriff thinks Rhett is an escaped horse thief. (6,200 words; Time: 20m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Jason Sizemore), appeared in issue 104, published on .

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Pro: In terms of plot, it’s pretty much “Rhett deals with the doppelgänger.“ It’s interesting, has a little tension, gets resolved satisfactorily. There's a theme of discrimination, of course, contrasted with how Rhett treats the doppplegänger.

Rhett and (to a lesser degree) Sam come together as interesting characters.

It’s a nice taste of an interesting location and some interesting characters.

Con: And then it just ends. This feels like the intro to a very interesting novel, but, by itself, it’s a bit too slight.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. This is part of Lila Bowen's The Shadow series. Apparently it's a side adventure that takes place during the third book. Interview with Bowen (aka Delilah S. Dawson) here: