Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Facecrafter, by Anna Wu

★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

(Post-Apocalypse) In an underground city barely clinging to survival after a nuclear war, Ling Xi’s job is looking after the surviving artwork, so she’s devastated when someone steals it. (8,972 words; Time: 29m)

"," by (translated by Emily Jin, edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 145, published on .

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Review: 2018.541 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The heroes manage to make Earth habitable again.

Con: The quality of the translation is low. Many sentences are broken English or at least highly unnatural English. Beyond that, the story suffers from infodumps, narrative intrusion, and unnatural dialogue.

The plot itself is unsatisfying. The “gods” from the future essentially give Ling Bai the solution to the problem. The protagonist doesn’t actually accomplish anything.

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