Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Worth Her Weight in Gold, by Sarah Gailey

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Alternate History; River of Teeth) Houndstooth is on the lam when his hippopotamus lies down in a mud wallow and won’t get up. (2,642 words; Time: 08m)

This story will have little appeal to readers who have not already read River of Teeth."

"," by (edited by Justin Landon), published on by .

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

Pro: Ruby is the star of this show, and she comes across as a very good hippo indeed. We can see why Houndstooth is willing to spend money on her. And it's fitting that he doesn't get to keep any of his ill-gotten loot.

Con: Suspension of disbelief problems spoil this story. Starting with Houndstooth getting Ruby out of the mud wallow by reasoning with her. In real life, hippos are deadly and unpredictable.

Houndstooth comes across very badly in this story, where he appears to have murdered some people just to steal their gold. Anyone reading this who hasn't read the novellas will wonder why he's the hero.

Other Reviews: Search Web, Browse Review Sites (Issue 04/18/18)
Sarah Gailey Info: Interviews, Websites, ISFDB, FreeSFOnline

Follow RSR on Twitter, Facebook, RSS, or E-mail.

No comments (may contain spoilers):

Post a Comment (comment policy)