Saturday, March 31, 2018

Princess Mine, by Darby Harn

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[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Uncanny Horror) The narrator writes a review of the third season of a TV show that never actually got made because the lead actress passed away before filming could start. (3,257 words; Time: 10m)

"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 03/19/18, published on .

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Pro: There are a lot of interesting pieces in this story.

In the course of reading this “review” of a TV show that never was, we learn that Jenny, the narrator, considers herself a failure at 40 and wonders why she didn’t commit suicide at 16. Francis, the actress, was a success at 20 and a has-been at 60, when she really did commit suicide.

There’s some self-reference where we learn that Sharon, the TV character, is writing a book about Jenny just as Jenny wrote fan fiction about Sharon at one point.

Con: Unfortunately, the pieces never come together. It is very difficult to say what this is all supposed to mean, so it’s ultimately a very unsatisfying read.

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