Sunday, March 31, 2019

Undercurrents, by Charles Payseur

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Fantasy) A man tires of shooting rivers, tying them up, and hauling them back to an empire that seems to care little for any of its subjects. (5,327 words; Time: 17m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 274, published on .

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Review: 2019.186 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: There’s something amusing about rivers fighting against buoy’s, waterwheels and irrigation and having to be dragged back to work.

Con: Ultimately I couldn’t suspend disbelief for this story. Rivers as oppressed individuals just doesn’t work for me. Beyond that, Rory is too weak to be a satisfying protagonist, and Konrad is a cardboard villain. Finally, there are way, way too many characters for a short story.

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