Monday, November 12, 2018

Hapthorn's Last Case, by Matthew Hughes

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Future Fantasy Mystery; Hengis Hapthorn) Hengis knows his civilization will collapse when technology fails and magic takes its place, but there’s one last case he wants to solve before the lights go out. (10,138 words; Time: 33m)

This is a small part of the author’s sweeping “Archonate Universe,” which comprises some 70 novels and short stories over the past 25 years. For the most part, the stories are only loosely connected, so it doesn’t matter a whole lot which one you start with; they’re all good fun, if not particularly memorable.

"Hapthorn's Last Case," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 102, published on .

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Review: 2018.655 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The looming threat of apocalypse adds a certain tension to the whole story. The mystery within a mystery is a nice touch too, even though his desire to investigate it keeps Hengis around long after he should have headed off.

Con: The resolution of the mystery is a bit of a letdown, and the final outcome is quite a downer.

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