Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Joe Diabo's Farewell, by Andy Duncan

★★★☆☆ Average

(Ghost Story) When a steel worker falls to his death, something of him seems to linger. (9,766 words; Time: 32m)

Recommended By: 👍STomaino+1 (Q&A)

"Joe Diabo's Farewell," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 01-02|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.035 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The depiction of Mohawk workers on the high steel was excellent. The light-hearted way Eddie participates in the “Flaming Frontier” promotion adds some welcome comic relief, as does his sensitivity to young Al, who’s crushed when his drunken father is too “sick” to take him to the show as promised, and who “forgot” to buy the tickets. Eddie’s a great guy, and it’s fun reading about him.

Con: There’s almost no speculative element, and it’s not central to the story. We could almost brush it off as Eddie being metaphorical (or having a hallucination).

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. This is a reprint from the collection, An Agent of Utopia, published in Nov 2018.

    1. Thanks. We're trying to figure out exactly how to cope with this one.