Monday, September 10, 2018

Seedlings, by Audrey R. Hollis

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[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Slipstream) Pamela swallows a cactus, and grows spines all over, causing various problems at work and with her girlfriend. (2,690 words; Time: 08m)

"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 09/03/18, published on .

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Review: 2018.517 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Pamela gets what it seemed she wanted all along: solitude. Why cover yourself with spikes if you want to be close to people?

I felt very sorry for poor Lydia. Pamela didn’t even tell her before doing this and had zero sympathy for her when she struggled to adapt to it.

Con: The biggest problem I have with the story is that Pamela’s transformation seems so self-destructive. I’m sure it’s meant to be a metaphor for people who adopt some new obsession that alienates them from everyone else, but it’s hard to root for a self-destructive protagonist.

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