Friday, March 23, 2018

The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes, by Siobhan Carroll

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★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(High Fantasy) In which we learn how an over-enthusiastic chef inadvertently brought about the end of the war. (6,929 words; Time: 23m)


"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 247, published on .

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Pro: His cooking was so good that the commander sacrificed the war effort for it. The fact that he died without ever knowing the effect he’d had makes it bittersweet.

The contrast between the joys of good food and the horrors of war is quite effective.

Con: The cooking scenes are way too long, and all of the parenthetical remarks explaining how to wave your hands when you tell this story are distracting.

I quit believing in the story about the point the commander spared the olive trees.

The contrast between the joys of good food and the horrors of war goes on way, way too long. We got the point the first time.

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