Friday, March 9, 2018

Do As I Do, Sing As I Sing, by Sarah Pinsker

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(High Fantasy) When teenage Guerre is called to be a cropsinger, she makes a big sacrifice to serve her family and community, but her brother refuses to accept it. (8,688 words; Time: 28m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 246, published on .

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Pro: This is essentially the story of how Guerre was determined to do her duty, even if it cost her her brother. She “abandons” Acco when she goes off to be trained, and she rejects him when he threatens her new role with his invention.

Acco isn’t exactly a sympathetic character. He runs away because of envy, not any desire to spare his sister the fate of a cropsinger. He acts like a jerk when he returns, but he’d always indulged in petty cruelties against her, so it’s hardly a surprise (even if it’s disappointing) that she ruined his big demonstration.

Only when she reflects on it does she realize that she’s not only driven him away; she’s also doomed her village to follow the old ways for longer, and doomed herself to losing half her days in a trance and aging faster than her years.

Con: The ending was jarring. It was hard to feel much sympathy for Guerre after the way she sabotaged Acco’s demonstration.

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