Sunday, January 20, 2019

Beyond the El, by John Chu

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Modern Fantasy) Connor works at a restaurant in New York where he has a magical touch with food (literally). Problems with his family keep interfering with his career, though. (5,989 words; Time: 19m)

"," by (edited by Ann VanderMeer), published on by .

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Review: 2019.076 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is essentially the story of how Connor decided to put his family behind him and live his own life.

Con: No one likes to read a story about a wimp. About someone who lets other people push him around. Or someone who's hopelessly in love with someone but won't talk to that person about it and won't try to find someone else either. I kept wanting to shake the guy and tell him to stand up for himself, but he never did.

The long paragraphs about food were really dull, particularly when they came after paragraphs when he let himself be taken advantage of and/or did things to make his own life more difficult.

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