Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Black Shores, by Darren Speegle

★★★☆☆ Average

(SF Thriller) When their ship is wrecked, Lars and Ciara have to spend a night on the Black Shores, where an alien race lives that thinks mutilation is art. (7,340 words; Time: 24m)

"Black Shores," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 09-10|18, published on by .

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Pro: There's lots of tension, and the more we learn about the situation, the more tense it gets. It's an enormous relief at the end when we realize the Davaans don't intend to use anyone but themselves in their ritual--other than requiring Ciara to initiate it.

Con: Lars and Ciara were hard people to like. Thrier is just trying to get them rescued, and they treat him like dirt.

I couldn't figure out why Ciara agreed to participate. It seemed utterly unlike her character.

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