Monday, December 3, 2018

The Word of Flesh and Soul, by Ruthanna Emrys

★★★☆☆ Average

(Alternate History Fantasy) A particular ancient language empowers speakers to change the world, so that knowledge has to be tightly controlled. What could be more dangerous than a student who doesn’t like those controls? (9,332 words; Time: 31m)

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Review: 2018.672 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: My favorite part of the story was Polymede and Erishti arguing with the review board. The casual, academic nature of the proceeding is so at odds with the incredible power of the language that it’s entertaining.

Con: I don’t see why Polymede couldn’t have just gone to Lascaris privately. Why was there a need for a public presentation?

Given the danger the language presents, I couldn’t see them being quite so quick to accept Rish as a student of it without serious examination first.

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