Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Quietly Gigantic, by K.C. Mead-Brewer

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[Strange Horizons]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Horror) Her friends told Maya to help herself to anything around the house while she’s housesitting, so she decides to take action to get rid of the cockroaches she’s sure are spying on her. (6,357 words; Time: 21m)

"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 06/11/18, published on .

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Pro: Maya's descriptions of the people she knows, the things she remembers, and just the things she sees around her are highly entertaining. E.g. she describes the pomegranate tree:
The buds are an angry, pinched-looking red, like so many fat baby lips puckered against something distasteful.
It's gradually clear that something is wrong with Maya, but it also becomes clear that something is wrong in the outside world as well. When she turns into a giant cockroach at the end, all the pieces seem to come together.

Con: It's too easy to read this as just Maya's descent into madness, with no supernatural element whatsoever. Very far into the story, there seems to be nothing going on at all.

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