Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Oracle and the Sea, by Megan Arkenberg

★★★☆☆ Average

(Fantasy) In lonely exile since the failed coup, Kashmai resists the pressure to write music for the President or to contact the oracle that would tell her the future. (4,146 words; Time: 13m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 263, published on .

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Pro: The story does a good job of making Kashmai’s existence on the island seem hopeless and bleak.

I think the reason she decides to compose a piece at the end is because, for the first time since the coup, she feels sorry for someone besides herself.

Con: There’s very little speculative element here, and there’s no real action either. Nor do we ever find out why Kashmai got involved in the coup at all. This made it hard for me to care much about her.

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