Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Periling Hand, by Justin Howe

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Future Fantasy) As Morholt struggles to adapt to his sculptwood arm, someone murders the incast of a neighboring village, and he wonders if he can fly with his old crew again. (5,168 words; Time: 17m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 259, published on .

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Pro: The plot is clear enough: Morholt gains the confidence to join his friends and fly with them again.

Con: Morholt has very little agency; he’s a slightly confused witness to big events, but he has nothing to do with them himself.

The world is so rich and complicated that every paragraph or two there’s some new term to try to figure out. That might be okay at novel length, but not for a story this short. It’s too much effort for too little payoff.

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