Monday, May 21, 2018

The Ghostpotion Games, by Christian K. Martinez

★★★☆☆ Average

(High Fantasy Sports) To win a wish, Erinia creates a gamepiece from the soul of a carpenter, but the biggest pleasure would be to beat Isadore, her rival. (2,751 words; Time: 09m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 252, published on .

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

Pro: Erinia gets her wish—over and over again—to compete against Isadore in an exciting challenge, even though it’s a contest neither can ever win.

Given the casual cruelty with which they create the game pieces (we hear them screaming), it’s fitting that both of them are stuck in this loop.

Finally, the description of the contest itself is quite exciting.

Con: The story puts its worst foot first; the description of the creation of the game pieces is long and dull--other than the screaming.

The real bad guys here are the nine empresses, and they get off scott-free.

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