Tuesday, August 28, 2018

...And He Built a Crooked Hub, by Christopher L. Bennett

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Space Opera Humor; The Hub Gates) David lives in one cube of a run-down tesseract apartment. Occasionally the interface drops visitors into the wrong cube, but today it’s a real mess. (12,440 words; Time: 41m)

This will be a much better read if you start this series from the beginning.

"...And He Built a Crooked Hub," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 09-10|18, published on by .

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

Pro: All the plot lines get resolved, more or less: David gets credit for trying to break the safe, Nashira finds the spy, and Rynyan, uh, gets what he always wanted.

There are plenty of laughs along the way.

The title is an obvious allusion to “—And He Built a Crooked House—,” by Robert A. Heinlein, in which one also finds a house in the form of a tesseract (together with a more thorough explanation of the geometry).

Con: The narration is obtrusive, especially the info dumps that tried to catch the reader up on the last several installments. Worse than that, though, was that I found Nashira’s behavior hard to believe, particularly compared to the previous stories.

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