Sunday, March 10, 2019

Alice Payne Rides, by Kate Heartfield

★★★☆☆ Average

(Time Travel; Alice Payne) Alice goes back to 1780 to figure out what the big mistake her father obsessed over was, while Prudence copes with a threat to her sister in 2070. (31,788 words; Time: 1h:45m)

You must read the previous story in the series in order to get much out of this one.

"Alice Payne Rides," by (edited by Lee Harris), published on by .

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Review: 2019.173 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: There’s plenty of tension and excitement in Alice’s adventures in the past and Prudence’s attempts to fix things in the future.

Con: I flat refuse to believe that Prudence would care about a sister she couldn’t remember. Beyond that, Alice’s trip to the past to discover what mistake her father had brooded over seems to have been completely pointless.

In broader terms, this is a tale, not a story, because it doesn’t have a plot. That is, instead of working toward a goal, everyone in the story seems to just fumble from one thing into another.

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