Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Shooting Iron, by Cassandra Khaw and Jonathan L. Howard

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Modern Fantasy Action/Adventure) Jenny comes to Britain in pursuit of evil minions of the Red T, with her cowgirl hat, her maps, and the revolver from Hell. (16,258 words; Time: 54m)

"Shooting Iron," by and (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 09-10|18, published on by .

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Review: 2018.479 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The bad guys are bad enough that we really root for Jenny to mow them down. It’s also nice that Shooting Iron is unwilling to harm an innocent person.

Con: The shooting scenes are really graphic, and there are an awful lot of them, so it goes from gross to dull.

The story feels incomplete. The real conflict is between Jenny and Boss Lonely, and he never makes an appearance except in flashbacks. This is just a small skirmish on the edge of something much bigger, which is not told here.

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