Wednesday, March 14, 2018

You Do Nothing But Freefall, by Cassandra Khaw and A. Maus

★★★☆☆ Average

(Modern Fairy Tale) In which a fox fleeing from hounds meets an enamel cat in the forest and decides to take human form for a while. (3,280 words; Time: 10m)

"You Do Nothing But Freefall," by and (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 94, published on .

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

Pro: For all of his playing around, the fox and maneki-neko are meant to be together, and they end much as they began: with a chance encounter in the shadow of death and a decision to explore a new kind of existence.

Con: It seems to contradict itself a few times. For example, in the opening scene, fox appears to be threatened by death, but later we learn he’s immortal.

It’s probably by design, but we never hear a word from Sean’s wife, which makes it hard to accept that he loves her as much as he says he does.

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