Sunday, April 15, 2018

Played Your Eyes, by Jonathan Carroll

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Uncanny Horror) She loved him, then she hated him, and even after some years, she never forgot him, but she was still surprised when he left her something in his will. But how can you leave your handwriting to someone? (6,023 words; Time: 20m)

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Pro: It’s heartbreaking that he deliberately ended their relationship because he knew he was going to die and didn’t want to put her through that.

So did she make the right decision? It’s hard to say for sure, but she definitely made the right decision for herself.

Raglan Road” is a poem (and a song) about a poor poet who loved a woman who couldn’t return his love, about how he ended up driving her away, and about how his grief for the loss destroyed his poetic gift.

Con: The story describes her doing very well, but nothing she did really justified her good fortune, so it’s rather unsatisfying. Rejecting the handwriting is almost the only action she actually takes in the whole story.

It’s annoying that the author believes the old myth that people only use 10% of their brains.

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