Saturday, March 9, 2019

The Skinwalkers Ball, by Hammond Diehl

[Strange Horizons]
★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Dark Fantasy) The Pro-Am All-Bohemian Invitational competition for the best skinwalkers is just starting, but there’s an unexpected extra contestant at the last minute. (4,802 words; Time: 16m)

"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 03/04/19, published on .

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Review: 2019.168 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The descriptions are very colorful, and the trap is very effective.

Con: The descriptions go on for way too long, it’s not clear who the narrator is (Death?), and there’s no tension at all. It's not even clear whom to root for, if anyone.

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