Sunday, June 24, 2018

Here's Looking at You, Cud, by M. Bennardo

★★★☆☆ Average

(Near-Future Dystopia) The narrator works for the government hunting down people who sell hamburgers, which were outlawed when the water ran out in the Midwest. (5,546 words; Time: 18m)

"Here's Looking at You, Cud," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 07-08|18, published on by .

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Pro: A cute, unreliable-narrator story. The protagonist’s faith in his abilities to tell real from fake doesn’t match with reality, and we gradually realize this as the story unfolds. His ex was genuine, as was his partner. He doesn’t deserve either, and ends up alone—and still ignorant of his own shortcomings.

Con: For such a serious story, the premise is awfully silly.

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