Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ostentation of Peacocks, by Lila Bowen

★★★☆☆ Average

(Western Fantasy) A ranger can’t ignore four men on horseback chasing a naked man across the desert, even if it means she’ll have to change back to human form. (6,024 words; Time: 20m)

"Ostentation of Peacocks," by (edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Review: 2018.149 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The account of how Nettie gambles with the men and wins the freedom of the possum-man makes for a good tale.

The behavior of the possum hissing at the men from up in the tree was just the right amount of comic relief.

Con: The way Billy effortlessly makes Nettie forget everything left me with the feeling they had far more power than she did and were just playing with her the whole time. That took all the fun out of her accomplishment.

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