Sunday, March 10, 2019

Through the Doorways, Whiskey Chile, by S.H. Mansouri

★★★☆☆ Average

(Weird West) Everyone thinks Brady’s dad died when his still exploded, but Brady’s determined to find him and get some answers, even if he has to go to a different plane to do it. (7,911 words; Time: 26m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 273, published on .

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Review: 2019.181 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The surface story is about how Brady passed through the door to the other world and earned the right to get answers from his father.

Brady enters the other plane a boy, but he emerges a man. As a boy, he took Jeremiah for granted, but as a man he knows it’s time to set him free. His new life looks to be less exciting but more constructive.

The magical western setting is of interest in its own right. Things have to be paid for (except for Jerimiah’s support, which seems to come without strings).

Con: Somehow the writing seems to be more confusing than it needs to be. I often found myself having to flip back a couple of pages to try to make sense of what I’d just read—sure I’d missed something—only to find it explained a page or two later.

It’s really not clear what Jeremiah got out of all this.

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