Sunday, November 4, 2018

Hubstitute Creatures, by Christopher L. Bennett

★★★☆☆ Mixed

(Space Opera; The Hub Gates) David and Natasha disguise themselves as aliens in order to chase a thief to a world where humans aren’t welcome, but their disguises prove to be a bit too effective. (14,225 words; Time: 47m)

Recommended By: πŸ‘STomaino+1 (Q&A)

This story doesn’t stand alone. You’ll need to read the rest of the Hub Gates stories first.

"Hubstitute Creatures," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 11-12|18, published on by .

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Review: 2018.563 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: David, Natasha, and Rynyan are always a joy to read about. Rynyan comes across much better in this story than in previous ones, and I really felt his pain at how Nashira’s behavior was dishonoring all  Sosyryns.

Some of the jokes are pretty funny. Like the official looking at Rynan’s udder “with a cowed expression.”

Con: It spends way too much time trying to bring the first-time reader up to speed. Worse, it does this via lots and lots of infodumps. Some of dialogue (not most of it) hits a false note. And the thing ends on a (100% predictable) cliffhanger.

The ending (such as it is) is rather preachy, and the message “don’t be a bully” isn’t exactly controversial.

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