Sunday, April 15, 2018

All of Us Told, All of It Real, by Evan Dicken

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[Strange Horizons]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Horror) When he was a kid, Martin’s mom always told the most outrageous lies. “Why tell the truth when you could make up something worse?” Her turning into a serial killer was almost as bad as her stories. (5,702 words; Time: 19m)

"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 04/09/18, published on .

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Pro: I like the way we gradually realize that reality in Dawson is a slippery thing, and Martin’s memories may not be more reliable than anyone else’s stories.

Some bits of the story are gross enough to be funny, like the Ohio University mug “where Mom kept Dad’s finger bones.”

Con: The ending makes the whole thing sound like a metaphor for the way writers create characters and discard them in the process of writing. That’s a little unsatisfying.

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