Sunday, December 30, 2018

How Sere Looked for a Pair of Boots, by Alexander Jablokov

★★★★☆ Intricate Plot in a Complex Setting

(SF Mystery; Sere) Sere takes a case for her niece, who’s sure her boyfriend was wrongly imprisoned for violating security at an alien incubator. (21,887 words; Time: 1h:12m)

Although this follows the previous story, “How Sere Picked up her Laundry,” there’s no strong need to read that story before this one.

"How Sere Looked for a Pair of Boots," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 01-02|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.021 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Most of the fun of the story is the exotic locale and the complex plot that brings together so many different characters from different parts of the city. There are plenty of laughs too, including the running joke of Sere carrying those old Bik eyeballs everywhere.

By the end, Sere has figured out everything that was actually going on, rescued Dothanial, and finally put her relationship with Lemuel behind her.

Con: There’s so much to the background that its confusing, and at the end of it all, Sere really hasn’t got much out of it personally.

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