Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Emigrants' Guide to Oregon, California, and the Unknown, by Brit E.B. Hvide

★★★☆☆ Average

(Horror) A member of the Donner Party reports how they were followed by a creature that sounds a lot like a small, carnivorous dinosaur. (4,075 words; Time: 13m)

"The Emigrants' Guide to Oregon, California, and the Unknown," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 23, published on .

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Pro: The account is both sad and horrifying. It may be some consolation to learn that 8-year-old Patty Reed survived the winter and lived to age 85.  Her father James, although banished from the party, actually reached California ahead of the snows, and led efforts that rescued the survivors.

Con: We already know the story, which is horrible enough as it is. The dinosaur doesn’t add anything to it.

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