Friday, July 6, 2018

The Adjunct, by Cassandra Rose Clarke

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Lovecraftian Humor) An adjunct professor at Misketonic university struggles to get her students to learn their arcane citation system. A system so convoluted it seems to have come from Hell itself. (4,667 words; Time: 15m)

"The Adjunct," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 07-08|18, published on by .

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Pro: The best thing about this story is the copious funny lines. My favorite:
The only thing keeping Dr. Nerezza from bringing some inter-dimensional beastie into our world is the complete inability of eighteen-year-olds to follow directions.
Dr. Bouvet is a burned out adjunct who just goes through the motions, but she really does want her students to learn—even if she doesn’t like them very much. That makes her likeable though.

It’s particularly amusing that once she learns what CFSR is really about, the main thing she wants is health coverage. I can't remember anyone in any other story willing to help destroy the world if only they could get better health coverage.

Con: It’s fun, but it’s very silly.

The only real connection to Lovecraft is Miskatonic University (and Arkam). None of the other names seemed to refer to actual Lovecraft stories.

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