Monday, February 4, 2019

The Face of God, by Bo Balder

★★★☆☆ Average

(Fantasy Adventure) A giant god, who looks like a human scaled up by a factor of about 10,000, fell to earth, and people have made use of bits of his skin for healing purposes. The narrator seeks fresh materials from the face, which no one has touched before. (4,405 words; Time: 14m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 149, published on .

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Review: 2019.088 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The best part of the story is the descriptions of what it’s like walking on the surface of a body so huge.

At the end, the narrator learns a valuable lesson about compassion when the god shows him mercy even though he himself showed none.

Con: The narrator seems like a pretty callous person. Not just in how he treats the god but in his attitude towards his teammates on the climb. It’s hard to root for him or be happy when the god spares him.

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