Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tool-Using Mimics, by Kij Johnson

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Surreal) In which we analyze a picture of a little girl who seems to be part octopus. (2,171 words; Time: 07m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 138, published on .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: : I was tickled by the notion that 1930s Boston couldn’t accept the idea of a woman having an illegitimate half-octopus daughter, so she moved to Perth, Australia, where, presumably, they were used to things like that.

The descriptive segments are well-written and many are interesting in their own right.

Con: There’s no story here, and in the end, the different passages don’t appear to amount to anything. There’s probably a symbolic meaning I’m missing (perhaps about interracial marriages), but I’m not seeing it.

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