Sunday, April 14, 2019

Boiled Bones and Black Eggs, by Nghi Vo

★★★☆☆ Average

(Chinese High Fantasy) Serving good food is always a challenge, but it’s even harder when your restaurant has to cater to dead people as well as live ones. (4,548 words; Time: 15m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 275, published on .

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Review: 2019.208 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Although the narrator is a nameless teenage girl, the real protagonist of the story is her Aunt Hua. She’s the one with the most to lose, and the one who needs to find a solution to the problem of a rude (dead) customer who won’t go away.

The solution of inviting all the people the general killed and offering them a chance to get some payback was brilliant, particularly since he’s the one who gave them the list.

Con: The solution worked too well, and there was no price attached, so the victory seemed unsatisfying.

At first I thought these guests were immaterial ghosts, but the climax makes them seem like zombies. A zombie in a restaurant seems really unsanitary. (Probably shouldn't have read this while eating.)

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