Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror: Chapter Two: Jumping Jack in Love, by Ysabeau S. Wilce

[Anthology]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(High Fantasy; Republic of Califa) Jack uses his magical jumping boots to make him the most successful thief Califa has ever known. He’s a rich thief, but a lonely young man, and wonders if the boots can help him find love too. (7,194 words; Time: 23m)

Chapter One is available online for free.

"The Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror: Chapter Two: Jumping Jack in Love," by (edited by Gardner Dozois), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2018.641 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The best part is probably the wild chase scene at the end.

Con: I realize the narration is meant to be in the style of someone telling a story to little children, but it really grated on me for some reason, popping me out of the story every paragraph or two.

It’s hard to root for Jack. I think he’s meant to be a lovable idiot, but he only manages the idiot part. Possibly I’d like him better if I’d read the earlier stories.

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